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Moab Rim Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014 Trail Ride May 14, 2014

Moab Rim Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Moab Rim Trail Ride – May 16, 2014

 At the drivers meeting we met our trail guide “Woody”.   He attends many off road events and is also the owner of  Woody was voted as the trail guide of the year for his involvement at the 2013 event.  We were happy to have him on the Moab Rim Trail with us for the day.


The Moab Rim trail gets started quickly with a steep climb along the Colorado River.  The first obstacle, known as the crack, can be somewhat challenging if you don’t hit the step just right. 

The Crack on Moab Rim Trail

At the crack we put tow straps on a few shorter rigs just to make sure they did not end up on their side.  Shortly after helping a vehicle over the crack I heard some commotion behind me.  Sure enough one of the vehicles ended up on its side a short distance up the trail.  Thankfully no one was hurt and the vehicle was able to continue after it was back on its wheels.

Side By side Flop on Moab Rim Trail

After everyone made it over the crack we continued on to the Z turn.  The Z turn has multiple lines and some are very difficult.  An Arctic Cat WildCat found this out the hard way and broke the rear drive line.  The owner decided to park it off to the side of the trail and repair it later.  Pictures don’t capture how rugged the Z Turn actually is.



Once through the Z turn the trail is pretty easy other than some off camber spots and a few optional obstacles.  At the top of Moab Rim there is an excellent view of Moab down below and you can also see the snow topped La Sal Mountains in the distance.  We stopped here for lunch and took in all the beauty.

View from the top of Moab Rim

Lunch stop on the Moab Rim Trail

With full bellies, we saddled up and continued on toward the sand hill.  This part of the trail is a small loop that connects back up to the main trail.  There is an optional steep, sandy hill to climb that reminds me of the dunes at Sand Hollow State Park.

Sand Hill on Moab Rim Trail

I had a blast watching the drivers race up the hill.  One of our guys, Addam, jumped into the RZR 4 1000 demo unit I had.  I told him “Give me one more good roost!” and he did, reluctantly of course, but within 30 feet the belt exploded.  (Go figure.)  Fortunately, another one of our guys had a spare belt and Addam was able to change out the shredded belt within minutes.

RZR 1000 Belt replacement

Back on the main trail we passed a few small water holes and then started dropping back down the side of the rim.   Just before our return to the Z turn Woody and a participant helped winch a boulder out from under a stuck Jeep Cherokee.  With the Jeep freed the owners could go about replacing their broken parts.

Helping a Jeep on Moab Rim Trail

We made it back to the Z-turn and going down it can be just as frightening as climbing up it.  Watching some of the faces as the machines came down the Z turn was a blast.

The Z Turn on Moab rim Trail

Back at the broken Wildcat the owner decided to try to limp it back down to the trail head. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on his side and he ended up bending a tie-rod and breaking one of the front axles.  After removing the bent tie-rod a few guys were able to straighten it with the assistance of a steel fence post. Amazingly, it worked and didn’t damage the fence post either. 

Trail fix on Moab Rim trail

After getting everything back together the driver needed to be extremely careful and not stress the tie-rod again.  To help, the group that was left actually pushed the Wildcat down the rest of the Moab Rim Trail to the parking lot.  What an awesome group effort.

It happened to be a long day on the trail but fun none the less.  To me there is nothing better than spending the day on the trail with good friends.

Note: Special thanks to ZBROZ Racing for quickly fixing one of our RZR’s before this trail ride.  Thank you ZBROZ!

Here are some additional photos from our ride on the Moab Rim Trail:

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Want to see more pictures from the Moab Rim trail?  Here’s a link to our Moab Rim Trail Pictures from the 2013 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks


Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks: Moab Rim Trail – May 16th, 2013

Moab Rim Trail, Sandy hill

Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks Moab Rim Trail – May 16th, 2013

About the Moab Rim Trail:  This trail is rated a 7 on a scale of 10.  The Moab Rim Trail is a very technical 4×4 trail.  There are numerous tall undercut step sections as well as off camber obstacles and many do not have bypasses.  After an initial ascent up Moab Rim the trail winds up and around a large mesa and continues to entertain drivers with some slick rock sections and even a sandy hill climb.   Chances of rolling is possible on this trail without a skilled driver or good spotter. The Moab Rim trail has one of the greatest views of the Colorado River and luckily, the trail begins and ends where you can see it best.

Our 2013 Rally on the Rocks Moab Rim Trail Experience:  As expected the Moab Rim Trail was challenging and fun.  We, once again, had a large number of vehicles and had to split the group into two smaller groups.  We started off with the first group and would join the second group at lunch.

On the trail we, and many other UTV enthusiasts, had to make multiple attempts at a few spots along the Moab Rim Trail.   Without worry though, between our own experienced 4×4 drivers/spotters and the trail guides there was almost always someone around to help spot the correct line.

The obstacle known as the Z-turn seemed to be the most challenging for everyone but there were a few vehicles that made it look easy.   Mark’s RZR4 900 XP with 28 inch STI Roctane Tires had no trouble what so ever clearing the steep ledges.

After everyone had cleared the Z-turn we made a lunch stop at an outstanding overlook of the town of Moab.  There were a few brave soles that stood out on a balancing rock for a great photo opportunity while the others ate lunch and enjoyed meeting like-minded UTV enthusiasts.

At the first lunch stop our Discount Tire crew handed out goodie bags to each UTV.  The lead Kymco UTV had the top executive from their Kymco North American division riding along.  It was awesome to see the huge smile on his face as he was headed back on the trail.

After the second group had caught up, enjoyed their lunch and received their goodie bags we were all off and running again.  A few of us made a short stop at the sand hill to see if we could climb it.  It was a good opportunity to see how much traction you could get on the loose sand.  There was a RZR4 in our group that had purchased some Interco Swamp Lite tires from us at the arena the night before and he couldn’t wait to test them in the sand in 2wd.   Unfortunately, about half way up, another vehicle started coming down and caused him to stop his forward momentum.

As the trail looped around we eventually found ourselves heading back down Moab Rim.  There was a fabulous spaghetti dinner at the arena this night and the largest raffle during the event.  Many of us were looking forward to it.

At the raffle, Lance announced that a portion of the raffle money would be donated to the Sagebrush Coalition.  As he made the announcement, the crowd was filled with people holding up signs that read “I’m a Sagebrush Rebel”. The Sagebrush Coalition has been fighting to keep our OHV trails open so it was great to see their support at the Rally as well.

Please enjoy and share the Discount Tire Sponsored Moab Rim Trail photos below.

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Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2013 Fin N Things Trail

Moab Rim Trail, Colorado River in Moab

Dinner! 2013 Rally on the Rocks Happy Crowd at the 2013 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks IMG_8437

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