KTM Adventure Rider Rally Arizona

KTM brings their 18th Annual Adventure Rider Rally to Page, Arizona, from October 13-15, 2023. Holding it near the Arizona Strip allows riders to choose from routes in both Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Rally headquarters will be at the Lake Powell Resort in Page.

Getting Started

Pre-ride activities will start on October 12. KTM North America, Inc. welcomes KTM riders, as well as those riding other makes of adventure bikes. The company calls this gathering one of the brand’s most celebrated events on their KTM Adventure Rally calendar.

Location, Location, Location

This year’s venue provides opportunities to ride a variety of adventure-inducing terrain, including forays into Grand Canyon National Park. Southern Utah beckons as well, with options for enjoying the red rock country. KTM will provide designated loop routes each day, with tracks appropriate for every level of rider, from newbie to expert. They will also support common lunch and gas stops where riders can congregate during the day before setting off again on their chosen loop. If you attended last year’s event, expect much of the same support and camaraderie.

Have Fun, Be Safe

Rally organizers will place participants into groups of 2-4 riders each day, with adventurers able to sign up in advance to define their own group. Those not in a group will be teamed up with other riders of the same skill level to enjoy a day of riding and the opportunity to make new friends. GPS tracks will be provided for self-guiding the loops. In the interest of safety, KTM requires that each rider come equipped with a personal location device, such as a SPOT or InReach.

Bring Your Credit Card

As you might imagine, KTM would like to see as much orange as possible at the rally, but it is open to all brands of street-legal motorcycle. Activities start on Thursday, October 12, with KTM Ride Orange street demo sessions, freeing adventurers to ride the rest of the weekend. Seminars covering riding techniques and technical riding will also be available. No event of this sort is complete without adventure bike vendors showing off their wares, so prepare to wander through the displays after the dust settles on your riding day.

Food for All

KTM knows that a well-fed rider has a better time, so will start the food train with a pre-event dinner on Thursday. Following that, participants will power up with breakfast Friday through Sunday and chow down at an awards dinner Saturday evening. There will be plenty of time to share stories of the beauty experienced and close calls survived with old friends and new long into the evening.

Limited Participation

KTM has set an as-yet unstated limit on the number of riders for their 18th Annual Adventure Rider Rally. They urge anyone interested to visit their rally event page soon for more information and to register for the event. To reserve a room, call the Lake Powell Resort at 888-896-3829 and mention code 15T8KE. The rally itself is $350 per rider, plus a $28 fee. Non-riders can buy a meal package for $175, with a $15 fee.

Whether you ride red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black or another color, KTM is eager to show you the Arizona Strip like few see it.

Photos courtesy of KTM

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Arden’s first motorcycle was a Yamaha Enduro, obtained while in high school. It set the stage for decades of off-pavement exploration on dual-sports and adventure bikes. Camping in the middle of nowhere became his favorite pursuit. As a former whitewater river guide and National Park Service seasonal employee, Arden believes in wilderness, wildlife, and being kind to the earth. A self-taught writer who barely passed English classes, he has contributed adventure stories and tested motorcycles and accessories for Rider Magazine and other outlets for nearly 30 years. In that time, he’s worn out two KLR 650s and is currently following the road to the middle of nowhere on his Ténéré 700 and an aging but reliable DR-Z 400S.