Four and a half hours southeast of Salt Lake City is the stunning scenic town of Moab, Utah. With breathtaking, panoramic views of beautiful vistas, deep canyons, river rapids, snow capped mountains and natural arches, Moab’s scenery is indescribable . Activities like rock climbing, white water rafting, mountain biking, canoeing and off road exploring makes Moab a mecca for the outdoor enthusiast.
Side By Side Stuff made the trek to Moab to partake in the 2014 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks. Thousands of miles of pristine trails make Moab the perfect setting for a fantastic week of UTV and side by side riding with trails ranging from zero difficulty to nearly impassable. Rally on the Rocks is a gathering of UTV enthusiasts with the main focus solely on getting in some quality ride time. And that’s exactly what we did.
Rally on the Rocks goes to great lengths to make sure your riding experience is a quality one. Every day you have 12 to 15 trail options to choose from, each option comes with an experienced guide to help navigate your way through the obstacles and keep the group from getting lost. Our trail guides were excellent and really made the riding experience fun and took us up to see some of the most amazing views. These are all day excursions leaving around 10 a.m. and returning between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; so packing a lunch and drinks is essential.
We flew into Salt Lake City and drove down to Moab for this year’s Rally on the Rocks so we were unable to bring our UTVs. In Moab that isn’t a problem as there are many companies renting side by side vehicles all over town. The Wildcat we rented was street legal so it did not require a trailer, however the rental came with a trailer if we had wanted to use it. We picked up the rental and drove it to the Old Spanish Trail arena, which is where the Rally on the Rocks event is headquartered, and is located a few miles south of Moab.
The weather for the 2014 Rally on the Rocks was fantastic this year. The sun was shining most of the time with no rain and temperatures in the upper 80’s during the day. One thing to keep in mind is without rain the trail can get very dusty so bringing a good dust mask is a very good idea. Also, bringing a good rain coat would be a good idea as we rode 50 miles one day and a storm could have moved in without much warning. All of the trail guides have a tool kit but it is still a good idea to have a basic kit just in case you get in a bind.
All in all, the 2014 Rally on the Rocks was an epic event! With some of the best UTV riding in the nation, the ROTR event is a hard one to top. Aside from the riding, ROTR brings together a great group of riding enthusiasts to one of the coolest places in America; we can’t wait to go back next year!