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School of Slickrock! Moab’s Outdoor Adventure Playground

I can’t even begin to describe this place…even photos won’t do it justice. If you are looking for a bucket list trip, look no further than Moab, Utah.  This place is amazing…it truly has it all.  This is where riding metamorphosizes from entertainment to sport, where the love of riding is transformed to a passion and where a whole new level of appreciation is realized for what these machines, when outfitted properly, are capable of.  This is riding at its best.

I headed down to Moab for Rally on the Rocks with no idea what to expect. My mind was blown. Moab’s riding area is so vast with the most beautiful, unique and diverse terrain I have ever seen.  With all the government is trying to do to close down The Castle Area to Alberta riders, I was in awe at how Moab is able to balance nature alongside the various users of this outdoor adventure playground.  You name it and they are playing there…Side x Sides, Jeeps, Dirt Bikes, Mountain Bikes, and Campers.  Maybe we should take our Premier down there and show her that it can be done.

An Adventure Playground it is. Whatever your preferred riding terrain, you will find it in Moab.  From the famous slickrock that Moab is known for, to steps, loose rock, sand trails, river crossings, ledges, off-camber sections, obstacles to test your abilities, and some of the most breath taking views you will ever see. Rally on the Rocks brings together riders of different skill levels on guided rides throughout Moab.  There are over 20 different rides offered, rated 1 (Easy) through 10+ (Extreme) and everything in between.  The beauty of these guided rides is that you are able to attempt obstacles you normally might not choose to try…if you are feeling brave enough.  Knowledgeable guides will direct you where to position your tires, what speed you should be going and get you through the obstacle with relative ease.  You will have no shortage of amazing footage for your social media feeds.  The hardest part will be choosing what you want to show off.

We rode 3 different trails over the 4 days we were there with Hell’s Revenge being my favorite by far. The steep ascents and descents over the slickrock, along with some narrow ridge riding and optional technical obstacles such as Hell’s Gate, The Escalator and Hot Tubs made for a high adrenaline, adventure filled ride.  There were so many more rides I wanted to try…I guess I just have to head back next year.

Rally on the Rocks is a trip of a lifetime, and probably not a trip you will only take once. UTV Canada had the opportunity to ride with Dirt Trax Television for two days, look for their video coverage of Moab to come out in June and see for yourself the exhilarating adventure that awaits.  If you are a rider of any level you need to add this to your bucket list…and tick it off sooner rather than later.

Article by Danielle Herbison

Danielle works in the Marketing Department at UTV Canada.


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