SXS Drop-Off Rentals


Have a SXS dropped off at your vacation rental

Does your cabin or vacation rental have land, trails, or a trail system for you to ride on? If so, would you like to rent a SXS from over the weekend (Thursday/Friday to Sunday) to enhance your stay in the mountains? What about for a full week?

Unseen Pass’ SXS on a trailer. Unseen Pass will bring a SXS to you!

If you are tired of lugging your ATV/UTV up to Ashe County for the weekend and would prefer to have one dropped off at the place your staying or place of residence – Unseen Pass has you covered. 

From now until January of 2021, Unseen Pass will be offering a SXS drop off rental service.

The Rundown…

Unseen Pass is working hard to get its (side-by-side[s]) SXS back on the roads of Ashe County, NC for street-legal road rentals. We are in the process of lobbying the NC Legislature to change the modified utility vehicle law to fully accommodate SXS for road use (read more here). We’d love your support! 

In the meantime, Unseen Pass is offering cabin drop off rentals and Doe Mountain Tours (self-guided and guided) to get us through until we’re able to operate on the road again in Ashe County, NC.

With that said… Unseen Pass has purchased really nice SXSs for strictly road use and outfitted them for that purpose, so we’re not thrilled about them being off-roaded as you can imagine 🙂 The reason being – off roading causes bushings, bearings, axels, a-arms, belts, and a list go other mechanical workings to wear at a significantly faster rate and could diminish the quality of future road use one NC comes around to legalizing them for the streets.

Unseen Pass is willing to provide tours and rent them long as you and your party are respectful and compassionate with the situation facing the Unseen Pass. We would like your help in taking great care of the SXS units so they can get back on the roads in Ashe County, NC once the laws are sorted out. By no means are we saying you can’t have fun, just be respectful of the units we kindly ask.

Each SXS is equipped with full engine diagnostics and a highly sophisticated GPS tracking system – which means we’re able to tell if someone is abusing the units or riding somewhere they shouldn’t – in addition to things like if someone wrecks due to careless driving. We don’t want to be sticklers or really even make this statement, but we do want to be transparent and set expectations upfront to help everyone see the full picture.

Unseen Pass will only renting to folks in Ashe County for time being.

Rental Periods

Here are the rental periods and rates we’re promoting:

  • Daily Rentals
  • Weekly Rentals
  • Weekend Rentals (Thursday or Friday to Sunday)

Unseen Pass will not be renting units for a period of hours. A day rental is the least amount of time you’re able to rent – as we have to prep, load, haul the units to your residence, in addition to showing you how to use the units and etc.

For those that need a unit for a certain amount of days (i.e. 3, 5) – calculate your price by selecting a unit and adding the number of days you need on the rental check out page (live 10/16).

Regarding weekend rentals, we can drop off your SXS rental from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM on a Thursday or Friday, whichever day you’re arriving. We’re flexible. Pick up can range from 8 to 2 PM on Sunday’s. You’ll be able to select the times once you book and you’ll also receive a call within 24 hrs (most likely 5-6 hrs) from the time period the units are supposed to be dropped off. 

SXS Rental Units

Here are the SXS Units Available for Rent:

  1. Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000 (2-seater) | (starting at $329+)
  2. Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000 (2-seater) | (starting at $329+)
  3. Yamaha YXZ1000R (2-seater) |  ($399+)
  4. Honda Talon (4-seater) | ($429+)
  5. Polaris RZR1000 (4-seater) | ($529+)

Prices include prepping the units, hauling the SXS to your place of stay, educating renters about the units, cleaning of the units, and more. Each unit will come with a full tank of gas. Prices do not include any additional gas.

Dress Code

You’ll need to dress for the occasion, season, and weather. It’s a good idea to bring eye protection – as mud, debris, dust, and other elements will be stirred up as you ride.

Each unit comes with a roll cage, DOT approved safety glass, seat belts, grab handles, and additional protection.

Code of Conduct

Here are a few of the details that we will ask that you abide by:

No careless or wreck-less driving (power slides, whips, donuts, etc.)

  • Be respectful to private property and tread lightly
  • Do not ride on DOT roads
  • Do not drink and drive, drive intoxicated, or consume alcohol while driving units
  • Do not ride after 10 PM

Full details and a PDF will be provided once your tour or rental unit is booked.

Additional Details

Each renter will need to sign a Wavier of Liability and the code of conduct above. You must be 25 years or older to rent, depending on the tour (self guided or guided). Each driver must have a valid drivers license and wear a seatbelt. We recommend you wear a helmet as well (helmets are not supplied as of this time). Seatbelts are also required by passengers.


Before we get into the FAQs, please note that these side-by-sides (SXS) are to be taken great care of because it is our mission to get these back running on the roads. As previously mentioned, these SXS were intended for the dirt roads north and north western parts of Ashe County, NC – but due to the attorney generals interpretation of NC law and the local law enforcements stance, Unseen Pass is unable to rent the units out as intended. To ensure these units make it back on the road, Unseen Pass as taken the appropriate steps (i.e. renters must be 25 years or older to rent). Each unit has an Automile GPS tracker with full engine diagnostics to provide complete and accurate transparency in the case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Here are the top frequently asked questions:

Can I go outside Ashe County, NC? For example: Can I rent one and take them to West Virginia to ride?

We would like renters to stay in Ashe County, NC.

Do I need to book in advance or make a reservation?

It would be nice if you did and would speed up the process for your rental 

It’s super easy to book online through our site. We use the top tourist booking software that most others in the industry use, which makes it super simple on the both of us. You’ll have a streamlined experience online.

Where are you located?

421 E 2nd St., West Jefferson, NC 28694

Can I just show up and rent a SXS?

Yes, you can show up and rent a SXS(s) if units are available. We have an iPad that will allow you to book your reservation and fill out the necessary paperwork required to rent a SXS.

How many SXS can I rent at once?

Unseen Pass has five (5) SXS. We’re able to drop off three (3) at a time, so if you rent all of them, it will take us two trips out to your vacation rental or property.

Do I have to purchase insurance?

Once you check out and pay through our website, Unseen Pass will purchase insurance on your behalf. For a full day rental, it’s $15.00.

How old do you have to be to rent?

25 years old to rent and drive an SXS. We ask that you adhere to the insurance standards and policies we’ve agreed to. 

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride?

No, these are classified as autocycles out of South Dakota. You do not need a motorcycle license to ride. They are like little cars to are more open to allowing you to take in the sights and fresh air. 

What is a side-by-side?

A side-by-side is a Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV) or a four-wheeled autocycle in some states. 

Do I have to wear a helmet?

No, you do not have to wear a helmet but you’re more than welcome if it helps you feel more safe. These SXSs are classified as autocycles out of South Dakota. NC or SD autocycle law does not require you to wear a helmet if a windshield is present. All our rental units have DOT approved windshield protection.

Do I have to wear a seatbelt?

Yes, you have to wear a seatbelt in accordance with the law. The SXS also will not operate above 10 mph without the driver having a seat belt on for your safety. 

Do you have to have riding gear?

No, it’s not necessary, but you can if you’d like and it makes you feel more comfortable. In the summer, summer clothing is fine. In the fall, a light thermal is recommended under your normal clothes. All our units have roofs, DOT windshields, and poly rear windshields to keep the elements off you. 

Will I get dirty?

It all depends. If it’s dusty out on the dirt paths, you may, especially if you’re following someone. If it’s rained during the week and the dirt roads aren’t dusty, not really. If it rains, you may get wet. Each unit is equipped with a roof and a front and rear windshield to cut down on the elements and to provide additional safety.  

Are they safe?

Yes, much safer than any two-wheeled motorcycle – there’s no debate. Motorcycles don’t have seat belts. Motorcycles don’t have roll cages. 

Motorcycles don’t have four wheels. And the list goes on… 

Are they easy to drive?

Yes, much like a car. Each renter will get a thorough breakdown as to how to operate their side-by-side (SXS) rental. As long as you’ve driven a car and have a valid drivers licenses, we can easily teach you.

Is there a one, two, three, or four-hour rental? 

No, there isn’t. The reason being is that each renter will have to sign paperwork and receive a thorough rundown on each of the side-by-side (SXS). In addition to that, each unit will need to be washed, cleaned, inspected, serviced and dropped off at your location. A one-four hour rental doesn’t make the business model economically viable of Unseen Pass and would make prices unfavorable to consumers as well. 

Can I take the units on the roads?

No. NC is choosing not to honor the out of state tags and registration or the reciprocity agreements honoring them as four wheeled motorcycles out of South Dakota. Because of this, we have to ask you that you keep them off of any DOT roads.

Again, each side-by-side has a GPS tracking unit and full engine diagnostics. We know where you’re at and the performance of the vehicle at all times and that data is stored in a database.

How many miles will a SXS go on a tank of gas?

Each unit is different. The two-seat Teryx will only get 80-85 miles to a tank, were as the RZR Turbo will get around 100 and the Honda Talon around 120 miles.

What kind of gas do I need to put in the SXS?

Premium gas only (92-93) octane. Please save your receipts that show you’ve used

Is there a late fee?

Yes. It’s a $50 late fee if it’s up to an hour late on the return. If it’s over an hour, it’s a half-day charge. We have to enforce this because late fees back up the rentals, service, and etc. – and cost us in the end. Would you want to rent a unit and your unit show up late and still have to be cleaned and etc.? Exactly. We kindly ask that you be considerate of others that come after you, as we do the people who come before you.

What accessories are provided with the rentals?

RAM Mounts and 12v adapters for your smart phones. Each unit is also equipped with DOT front glass, a roof, and a rear windshield. 

Is there a cancelation policy?

Yes, there is a cancelation policy. As long as you cancel within 72 hours, you will be refunded. After 72 hrs, the reservation is non-refundable.

What will I need to rent? 

A valid driver’s license, a major credit card with up to $1500 available for a hold in (refundable) case there are damages not picked up by renters insurance.

What kind of economic impact will Unseen Pass and the SXS have on Ashe County, NC?

Unseen Pass will bring more people to the backcountry to explore the views. While doing this, they’ll see available real estate to rent and purchase. It’s our belief this will have a positive impact on Ashe County. 

Unseen Pass will also bring more people to Ashe County from the Triad, Triangle, and Charlotte to rent a SXS. As more people come up, more people will eat at the restaurants, purchase gifts at the gift shop, and bring more revenue to Ashe County, NC. For this reason, we ask for the local residence support.

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