What Beginners Need to Understand About Rock-Crawling

At one point in your life, you’re bound to feel an urge to dip your toes into the world of modern motorsports because driving around on your usual route no longer feels as exciting as it was when you were 17. 

Whether it’s because you’re tired of your daily drive or simply because you have a passion for gravel-induced adrenaline, it’s always a good idea to get into any kind of motorsport. From go-karting in a COVID-safe/compliant event venue to beginner superbike racing, the list of options you can look into and enjoy is nearly endless.

But there’s one particular option that catches your attention more than anything else: rock-crawling. 

The Allure of Next-Level Off-Roading

While it may not necessarily be as fast as Formula 1 and track day races, there’s no doubt that there’s something about rock-crawling that gets the adrenaline pumping as well as any other kind of motorsport.

Once you get behind the wheel of a purpose-built off-roading machine, you’ll be able to experience the world of off-roading on a much higher level as you face the challenges of scaling rocks and navigating intense terrain! 

Tips to Consider

Now, before you purchase your first custom off-roader and take it to the nearest challenging landscape, it’s important to get up to speed on some key tips. Although it’s true that rock-crawling is far less intimidating than it actually seems, it still helps to fill up the ol’ noggin with some key pointers that will help make the experience a whole lot smoother. 

Once you’re ready to start your new off-roading adventure and experience an entirely different side of modern motorsport, here are some essential tips worth taking into mind: 

Tip #1: Be Patient and Learn to Breathe

There’s a reason the motorsport in question isn’t called “rock jumping.” 

When you start to make way through the sections of your first trail, you’ll quickly realize that there are some parts that seem a bit too intimidating to scale and some that suddenly become challenging mid-crawl. With every single challenge or obstacle you encounter, no matter how tough it may be, it’s ideal that you breathe first and then slowly attack every incline until you clear it! 

Tip #2: Know Your Equipment

If you want to make the most out of your rock crawls and ensure that you have the best experience with minimal (unwanted) fuss, then it’s critical that you know your equipment long before your initial trip.

It may not seem like much at first, but knowing every bit and piece that helps ensure you have a fun, safe, and successful trip can significantly minimize the inherent dangers of rock-crawling itself. Whether you built your rig yourself or had an expert put everything together for you, it’s ideal to learn every single part and the kind of work it does. Doing so offers the following benefits: 

  • Allows you to carry the right spare parts (such as wiring, fuses, nuts, and bolts);
  • Makes it easier to understand common components in your jeep well enough to fully maximize them without any hiccups, and;
  • Helps with spotting anything wrong with your vehicle early on before trouble sets in


As exciting as rock-crawling may seem, it’s important to come prepared for your first trail with the right details in mind and measures on hand to avoid any unwanted problems or dangers along the way. With the help of the key tips mentioned above, you can ensure that you have the safest, most enjoyable, and smoothest trip possible by avoiding issues from the get-go! 

At Utah Motorsports Campus, we offer the best Utah off-road racing experience that anyone can ever dream of thanks to our state-of-the-art amenities and venues.