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Colorado National Monument - Fruita, Colorado

Colorado National Monument

Fruita is a pretty special place. For the most part, the residents have come to expect sunny, clear days a majority of the year (242 days on average).

When planning a bike trip to the Western Slope of Colorado, you can almost always expect to have pretty fantastic weather, but sometimes it does rain. Don’t worry, though. The area has so much to offer on those few days of the year that you get rained out. Here are some of our favorite activities when it rains during your Fruita bike trip!

Colorado National Monument – this is the crown jewel of the area. It is a breathtaking National Park with views of red rock canyons, soaring eagles, and the occasional bighorn sheep. If it happens to be raining, this is a wonderful drive to take. It has plenty of pull-off areas to get those selfie shots to show everyone when you get home.

Dinosaur Journey – if you’ve got the whole family with you, check out Dinosaur Journey. This museum tells the story of what life was like in the Grand Valley millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Our area is well known as having one of the most significant dinosaur quarries. So, use the rainy days to take advantage of getting to know Fruita better.

The Copper Club is a favorite local hang-out for Fruita, Colorado Residents

Copper Club – photo courtesy of Fruita Tourism

Moon Farm – the Moon Farm is just outside of Fruita and offers many different areas for you and your family to explore. Museums, trains, a Viking ship, a witch castle, and a Dutch house, are just the tip of the iceberg for what you can discover.

Wineries, Breweries, & Distilleries – The entire Grand Valley boasts numerous places for you to unwind and see what we’ve got to offer. These are great places to relax and tell tales of the rides you’ve had and plan to have in the future. The Copper Club Brewery is a local favorite for the Fruita population. No matter what your drink of choice, we’ve got something for everyone.

Shopping – Fruita and the surrounding area has some cute shops that sell unique items, like the Vintage Common, which will help you remember your vacation. Take this dreary day and explore the area and all that it has to offer!

The Fruita Rec Center has something for every member of the family.

Fruita Community Center – photo courtesy of Fruita Tourism

Fruita Community Center – this is another family favorite! The Community Center offers a place for the entire family to play! Basketball, swimming, volleyball, the library, and an indoor playground. Let the Fruita Community Center be your bad weather haven. 

The Hot Tomato Pizza offers the best Jersey-style hot pie outside of New Jersey

The Hot Tomato – photo courtesy of Fruita Tourism

Food – everyone’s gotta eat, right? Camilla’s is a fantastic breakfast spot, with some delicious specials. The Hot Tomato is basically its own landmark and serves up “really good pizza.” Munchies is the place to go to feel nostalgic and get your burger and shake fix. If Mexican food is more your thing, we’ve got plenty to choose from – Mi Ranchito, Fiesta Guadalajara, and El Tapito.

Remember that if it rains during your Fruita bike trip it won’t be ruined – it will only be enhanced! Most of our trails dry quickly and provide the perfect “hero dirt” conditions after a storm. Also, always be sure to check all trail conditions if it is raining by you. Many times, storms skirt around certain areas. To get the most up-to-date information check our out Trail Condition page, or call the shop. We’re here to help you have the best time in our backyard!