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Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado

04.20.18

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  • Treking up to the top of Joe's Ridge.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Top of Joe's before racing to the bottom.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • All-age riding is encouraged on the 18 Road Trails.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Racing down the slalom on Kessel Run.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • The Bookcliffs at sunset from PBR.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • The climb on Zippity-do-dah continues until the first downhill.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • The stunning landscape along the 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Outdoor Project, bringing you all the best mountain biking trails Fruita has to offer.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Spectacular views of the Bookcliffs at sunset from the North Fruita Desert Campground.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • A breathtaking view of Horsethief Bench as the trails rolls off into the distance.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • The turnoff from Mary's Loop down to the start of Horsethief.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Fun racing down the straights.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • The Kokopelli Loop trails are fast and quick.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Expansive views of the valley below from the Kokopelli Loop trails.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • The Colorado River greets a rider starting the Kokopelli Loop.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Riding the Ribbon Trail.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • The chasm at the Ribbon.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • The open sections on the Lunch Loops allow groups to ride together.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • The Toilet Bowl at the Ribbon.- Great Mountain Biking in Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado
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While well-known destinations such as British Columbia and Utah's Moab may consistently rank among the West's most popular mountain biking destinations, smaller and lesser known areas frequently provide riding that is just as phenomenal without the crowds. Going small on a mountain biking trip need not compromise the quality of your rides; sure, you may not have the same selection of pubs and restaurants to hit after a ride, but you'll have so much good riding that you won't care anyway.

Such is the case with the Western Colorado mountain biking capitals of Grand Junction and Fruita. While neither is exactly undiscovered terrain for mountain bikers, the fact is that these communities receive a fraction of the traffic that more established mountain biking destinations receive, and the riding simply superb. Just 20 minutes apart by car, these two towns offer a huge selection of trails to meet and exceed the hopes of any rider, regardless of skill level and experience. Trail networks built on rolling hills or constructed around massive canyon formations will keep you entertained for days, so making a longer stay part of your agenda is well within reason. So check out the Fruita and Grand Junction rides, start your vacation scheming, and be sure to share your comments and photos when you return!

18 Road Trails

  • Kessel Run: Great, short loop for beginners.
  • Joe's Ridge: A thrilling ride for a more adventurous appetite. This ride has a steep descent section with no walk-around, so be prepared to take the speed!
  • Zippity-Do-Dah: One of the original trails in the system, Zippity is a black diamond loop that doesn't disappoint.
  • PBR: Pumps, Bumps and Rollers is aptly named; this is another great choice for beginners and young riders.
Don't forget to check out the North Fruita Desert Campground if you are looking to camp near the 18 Road Trails. Photo by Stefan Myers.

Kokopelli Loops

  • Mary's Loop: 5.6 miles of great riding and gorgeous views of the Colorado River below.
  • Mack Ridge: A connector trail that has evolved into a worthy trail in its own right, Mack Ridge is easy to hit off of Mary's Loop.
  • Rustler's Loop: This easy loop is great for warm-ups or for building confidence.
  • Horsetheif Bench: A notorious drop begins this legendary ride; many a rider has cut their day (or week) short after attacking this entrance. No shame in taking it easy as you ride one of the best loops in this trail network.
  • Steve's Loop: A ride with exposure is a must in this area, and this loop has plenty. Ride along the rim of the canyon, just don't get too distracted by the view.
Horsetheif Bench. Photo by Stefan Myers.

Lunch Loops

  • The Ribbon: This trail provides an unforgettable perspective on the area's slickrock and the nearby Colorado National Monument.
  • Andy's Trail: A continuation of The Ribbon, this technical trail is a challenge that yields plenty of rewards once you're finished.
  • Curt's Lane + Miramonte Rim Loop: A few technical challenges and some climbing are rewarded by some great singletrack, downhill, and of course, big views.
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