18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah

Fruita

Grand Mesa, Colorado

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18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah

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  • The landscape that inspired greatness.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
  • When you start out, these are the climbs that greet you.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
  • The climb continues until the first downhill.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
  • The stunning landscape along the 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
  • Some of the hills beautifully set you up for what lies ahead.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
  • Shooting down the ridges.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
  • An epic view of the trail snakes out before you.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
  • Riding the spine on Zippity at sunset.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
  • It's easy to see why you might want to pack your bags and come ride here.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
  • Riding Zippity-Do-Dah in the 18 Road Mountain Bike Trail System.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
  • The final climb to the top of the big drop.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
  • It's easy to race along the ridge here.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
  • Dropping into the final decent, don't chicken out and walk down. It's steeper than it looks.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
  • This sign is almost as old as the trail itself.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
  • Outdoor Project, bringing you all the best mountain biking trails Fruita has to offer.- 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails: Zippity-Do-Dah
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Roller coaster riding over unique terrain.
Cons: 
Difficult to walk around the biggest drop.
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Region:
Grand Mesa, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
157.00 ft (47.85 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Biking
Trail difficulty: 
Black diamond
Total Distance: 
2.24 mi (3.60 km)
Trail type: 
Shuttle
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,462.00 ft (1,664.82 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The crown jewel of the 18 Road Mountain Bike Trail System, Zippity-Doo-Dah sits like the spine of a giant brontosaurus high in the north Fruita desert. According to legend, when the 18 Road Trail System was nothing more than a few lines in the desert, locals gathering at what is now the main parking lot envisioned something grander. Looking out at the rolling hills of 18 Road at sunset, a rider motioned to his friends and said, "We should build a trail up there, and call it Zippity." And beginning with that almost muted proclamation, the amusement style ride of Zippity-Doo-Dah was born. 

This ride climbs over 300 feet above the desert floor to snake along three large knife-edge ridges, each one with a faster and steeper decent than the last. The final decent is the hardest, with a 300-foot S-curve drop. It's not for the timid, and it is why Zippity earns a black diamond rating. The terrain here is very delicate and too steep to walk if you chicken out, so please be aware of your skill level and don't hurt this fragile ecosystem by going off trail. A good rule of thumb: if you think twice about riding Joe's Ridge while in the area, this trail isn't for you.

Since this is a one way trail, there are many ways to incorporate Zippity into a loop. Or for more ear-to-ear grins, just head back up the road and try it all over again. You'll be happy that you did. Also, if you are riding this trail system for a few days, there's no more convenient spot to camp than the North Fruita Desert Campground.
 

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