Rock Crawling has gained massive exposure in the two last decade with new suspensions, after market part for nicer rigs & of course, the main stream media. Red Bull, Skyjacker & other corporate sponsors have dug their hands into this new sport & the profits.
Crawlin’ is the off road hobby of wheelin’ well built rigs over the rocky terrain and obstacles, instead of around it. Sandstone walls, granite boulders of the High Sierra, hand made “rock gardens” in the Mojave, practice runs @ the local OHV parks.
Breaking things is the norm in this game. Expect this past time addiction to cost a bundle – on auto parts & on your free time. On the trail repairs are common, so go prepared w/ your tools, overnight gear & your crawling buddies (as back up).
From the adventure lands of Moab, Utah to the Mojave Desert of SoCal, rock crawling is not about speed, but all about the delicately chosen lines & slowness. The technique, the rigs & preferably no body damage. Just get rid of the body!
How slow can you go? How high can you handle?
Popular rock crawling areas around the Southwest U.S. –
- Browns Valley, Hwy 20, Marysville, CA
- Cedar City, UT
- Congress Boulders, AZ
- Donner Ski Ranch, Truckee, CA
- Dusy Ershim 4×4 Trail – Sierra Nevada
- Ellensburg, WA
- Hungry Valley OHV Park
- Gold Mountain Trail, Big Bear CA
- John Bull Trail, Big Bear CA
- Johnson Valley, Mojave
- Los Coyotes Indian Reservation
- Moab, Utah (rock crawling capital)
- Panamint Valley
- Placerville CA
- Rock Creek – Georgetown
- Rubicon 4×4 Trail – Sierra Nevada