18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run

Fruita

Grand Mesa, Colorado

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18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run

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  • The beginning of your jump to hyperspace.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run
  • Straight shot with a view of the Bookcliffs in the background.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run
  • Juniper lines the trail.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run
  • All-age riding is encouraged.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run
  • Racing down the slalom.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run
  • Speed is your friend here.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run
  • Families abound on this trail.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run
  • Keep on the singletrack.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run
  • Tight slalom at the end.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run
  • View near the end of Kessel Run.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run
  • Wildflowers and brush are abundant here.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run
  • Racing down 18 Road for a lunch break.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run
  • Stop in Fruita for a refreshment after your ride.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Kessel Run
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Best trails in the Fruita area. Easy to find and navigate. Riders of all ages can navigate. Camping onsite.
Cons: 
Can be busy on weekends. Rough road to the parking area.
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Region:
Grand Mesa, CO
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
2.24 mi (3.60 km)
Terrain Difficulty: 
GREEN
Trailhead Elev.: 
5,480 ft (1,670 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
10 ft (3 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking, Biking
Trail type: 
One-way/Shuttle
Dogs allowed?: 
Yes
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails are a wonder of western Colorado nestled at the base of the Bookcliffs just outside Fruita. Nowhere else can you find a trail system so accessible to all levels of riders, from young to old. Race down the slalom style course and feel the speed as it sticks you to the trail and pushes you to go even harder. Get ready for an amazing ride with tight banked corners and fun straight-away sections that blaze through the juniper and desert scrub. Brag to your friends about how you completed the Kessel Run in record time, and then ride back to the top to do it all over again. 

This trail inspires confidence in new riders wishing to go faster and push their trail handling abilities, and it makes experienced riders feel like a kid again as they whip around without a care. Locals say you can ride this trail both ways at 18 Road; on busy days, however, there are so many riders coming down it might as well be a one way.  Don't let this stop you, though, because Kessel Run is a trail that is not to be missed.

If this run has you wanting more, Joe's Ridge and Zippity are more challenging and well-worth exploring. And there's no closer spot to camp than the North Fuita Desert Campground.

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