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MOTORIZED HAPPENINGS - August 2022

Bring Your Family and Join Red Rock 4-Wheelers
for the 2022 Labor Day Safari and Camp-Out

If you like to 4-wheel in Moab, a little cooler weather and smaller crowds, then this event offers the things you enjoy. The “Stay Together, Play Together” Labor Day Safari has a little bit of everything and some things the Easter Jeep Safari doesn’t offer because of its size. Trails are limited to 25 vehicles, making them smaller and the entire event is limited to 150 vehicles. The event is based at the Moab Rim Campark located at 1900 South Highway 191. This full service campground is at the top of the hill as you leave Moab to the South, and is just a short trip to downtown Moab. It has all of the amenities, including water, showers, picnic tables, trees, grass and no mosquitoes. The entire campground has been reserved for the event, but space is limited. But, if you aren’t a camping-type person you can enjoy the great selection of motels that Moab offers.

You will need to make your camping reservations in one of the other fine camparks in the area at your own expense, see the rr4w.com INFO tab for Campark websites.

Your $150 per vehicle fee includes:
   ►A hot breakfast served on Saturday & Sunday and a continental breakfast on Monday cooked up by the Masons. Starts at 7:00AM Ends 8:30AM. A delicious dinner served Saturday evening at 5:00PM (Bring your chairs and own beverages.)
   ►Drawing: You will receive a drawing ticket at check-in. The drawing will take place during/after dinner on Saturday night.
   ►An Ice Cream Social Sunday night sponsored by iDeal Off-Road and
RockHard 4X4, time to be announced.

  ►You’ll enjoy sharing stories with other jeepers, the family friendly atmosphere, and more than likely make some great new friends.

  ►Daily trail runs led by fun and knowledgeable Red Rock 4-Wheelers.

Registration for the event is at www.rr4w.com

The following trails are scheduled to be run. The schedule has been developed with family fun, scenery and short trail days in mind. Each day has a moderate, medium and challenging trail, but not necessarily vehicle damaging trail schedules.

Saturday, September 3rd

7-Mile Rim, rated 4
Backwards Bill, rated 5
Deadman Point, rated 3
Flat Iron Mesa, rated 6
Hell’s Revenge, rated 6
Poison Spider, rated 6
Steel Bender, rated 6

Sunday, September 4th
3D, rated 4
Behind the Rocks Tip Toe, rated 5
Dome Plateau, rated 4
Fins & Things, rated 4
Jax Trax, rated 5
Metal Masher, rated 7
Gold Bar, rated 6

Monday, September 5th
7-Mile Rim, rated 4
Buttes & Towers, rated 3
Fins & Things, rated 4
Poison Spider, rated 6
Porcupine Rim, rated 5
Secret Spire, rated 3

The “First Timers”, two day package
offers the same Officials on both Saturday & Sunday and you’ll be running with the same participants both days. This is a very popular package for 4-wheelers new to Moab. (Please note, you can still register for another trail on Monday, if you register for the “First Timers” package).

First Timers Package
Saturday, September 3rd

Dead Man Springs, rated 3

Sunday, September 4th

Cameo Cliffs, rated 4
All trails depart at 9:00AM on Labor Day


PSI Matters

When it comes to hitting off-road trails in Moab, there are two types of off-roaders. Ones who want to go there, and ones who want to go back. We’re going to list a few of our favorite trails and tell you what tire pressure we recommend running on them.

Hell’s Revenge is the quintessential Moab trail. It has sandpaper traction, pucker-inducing ledges, beautiful scenery, and challenging obstacles. The fact that most of those obstacles, such as Hell’s Gate, the Escalator, and Mickey’s Hot Tub are options, make this trail a great choice for a variety of vehicles and skill levels. Plus, it is super close to town at the Sand Flats Recreation Area (there is a fee, but it is modest) and the entire trail can be run in a couple of hours. It’s the first trail we hit any time we arrive at Moab. We recommend running 14 psi for this trail to increase traction without taking too long to air down or air back up at the end of the trail.

Moab is basically split into four quadrants, with the Colorado River running east-west and Highway 191 running north-south through town. The northeast quadrant is encompassed by Arches National Park, which is definitely worth a visit for its breathtaking scenery and unique geologic formations.

The northwest quadrant contains famous trails including Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike, Rusty Nail, and Poison Spider Mesa, along with the more mellow Long Canyon and Gemini Bridges. For these trails drop your air to 12 psi to smooth out the ride between the obstacles. The hardest trails in Moab can be found on the southwest side of town, and include Moab Rim, Cliffhanger, Behind the Rocks, and Pritchett Canyon. We typically save Pritchett Canyon for last because it is the most difficult trail in the area and most likely to result in broken parts that can end your vacation. The road out of Pritchett is also long and bumpy, so if you don’t have a well-tuned suspension with coilovers you might want to turn around at the Rock Pile and head back out the way you came in. You’ll want to get your air down to 8 psi for these trails to maximize traction on the steep obstacles. At these low tire pressures, the security provided by Method Race Wheels’ bead lock technology will ensure your trail ride isn’t spoiled by a tire coming off the wheel.

If those trails intimidate you don’t fear, White Rim, Chicken Corners, and Lockhart Canyon are also in this quadrant. You can set your air pressure to 16 psi allow your tires to soak up the small rocks commonly found on these trails. The La Sal Mountains are to the southeast of Moab, and between town and the mountain range lie Hell’s Revenge, Fins N Things, Porcupine Rim, and Steel Bender. Definitely use 14 psi for these trails to maximize traction on the slickrock.

For more detailed Moab travel information and recommended equipment visit www.methodracewheels.com


Responsible Recreation
Red Rock 4-Wheelers, Inc.
www.rr4w.com
435-259-ROCK

Each year we lose a few more roads/trails. Closed to us forever! It’s a horrible thought, but reality! Take a minute and think about what it would mean to you to have your favorite trail closed. One of the best ways to fight this is to practice responsible
4-wheeling.

Stay on the trail. Don’t be tempted to try a new route or obstacle. Someone will follow your tracks and soon we’ll have another unauthorized road. Go over the bumps and mud, not around them. That’s what 4-wheeling is all about.

Pack out what you pack in. If you see litter on the trail, pick it up and take it out with you. Most of all, take care of and respect this land that we love to play on.

Responsible 4-Wheeling will make a difference. Please join with the Red Rock 4-Wheelers and practice responsible
4-wheeling every day. Let’s show them that we care.

 
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