Seeing the snow on the mountains and experiencing the first hard freeze of fall, some may be thinking that the riding season is over. Before you think about pickling your pride and joy for the winter, there is one more jamboree that is worth your attention.
Scheduled for Nov. 8–10, the CST Tires SXS Adventure Rally showcases the Hurricane Sands in Washington County. Headquartered in Sand Hollow State Park near Hurricane, the rally offers three days of guided rides rated from mild to wild. Day time temperatures are in the low 80s and only drop to the 50s in the evening.
Designed for side-by-side UTVs, ATVs will not be allowed. A machine must have a roll cage and a steering wheel. The more extreme trails also require your machine to be a minimum of 60 inches in width.
The $125 registration includes three days of guided rides, a breakfast each morning and an event T-shirt. Those who register online will receive a bonus bag of goodies from a variety of companies sponsoring the event at the registration table.
A jamboree of this size attracts some big name sponsors. CST Tires will be presenting their latest UTV tires. Can-Am, Polaris, Textron Off Road (formerly Arctic Cat), and Yamaha will be providing an opportunity to demo their latest UTVs. This is an exceptional opportunity to drive these UTVs on real trails instead of the parking lot at the dealer.
This is also a chance to talk to top experts in the industry. The latest accessories for your UTV will be on display and I’ll bet there will be some that you have never dreamed existed.
Unlike other sand destinations, the Hurricane Sands offer a mixture of Moab and the dunes at Little Sahara, Utah. There is sand aplenty, but huge sandstone monoliths provide the kind of challenge you would expect in Moab.
Guided rides include a mix of history and fun. Rides are rated green for easy, blue for moderate and the red will test your skills and your nerve. Here is some information on the green rides being offered:
This trail is a piece of history that I have ridden before. It is the trail from the Arizona settlements used by couples coming to St. George to be married in the Temple during the late 1800s. Early work on the road is still evident and is still marked by signs along the route. Pipe Spring, now a National Monument is a stop on this historic trail.
All the way around
A guided tour around and through the Hurricane Sands is memorable. The tour I was on took us to a rock structure called, “The Flintstone House.” It was a stone house with windows that you can crawl into and big enough to hold a half dozen people. It is a nice place to visit, but not a place to live. This ride takes a different track each time it is offered.
Top of the World Loop
This loop takes riders to the highest point in the sands that features an amazing panoramic view. Again, the track is different each time so a new experience will always be in store for the rider. The stone features in the Sands provide an amazing ride.
The Blue and Red Trails
Shawn Reddish, the event director for this rally said, “The Blue Trails will introduce riders to the rock crawling experience. There are work arounds to every challenging section, but the Red Trails are more technical than those found in Moab.” Spotters will stationed at difficult sections to enhance your riding experience and to help you keep the rubber side down.
This is the third year the SXS Adventure Rally has been offered and the event keeps getting bigger. Shawn is also a part of the Rally on the Rocks held each spring in Moab.
All the information for this rally is available and registration is still open at sxsadventurerally.com. When you go take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down and enjoy this exciting extension of the 2018 riding season.
Lynn Blamires can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.