It's springtime in Fruita and the trails and the flowers are looking STELLAR!
Fruita is one of the premier mountain biking destinations in Colorado, with the perfect combinations of varied terrain to challenge riders of all skill levels. From the fast and flowy 18 Road trails, the rocky and technical Loma trails, to the epic 142 mile Kokopelli, there is something here for every rider.
If you are looking for some trail advice, come see us at the shop! Our staff is very knowledgeable and we have maps with detailed descriptions and topo images of our major trail systems so you won’t get lost. But if you do, our number is on the map so help is only a phone call away.
Trails here are ledgy and rocky. Take it easy if this is your first experience on this type of terrain. For a warmup, cooldown, or easier option for beginning riders, consider Rustler’s Loop. For the more experienced, Mary’s/ Horsethief Bench/ Wrangler combo is tons of fun or, from the west end of the system, Mack’s Ridge / Lion’s Loop / Steve’s Loop makes a great day of riding. Remember, there is little shade, and it gets very hot here in the Summer. Bring tons of water as there is none available at the trailhead.
There are several trails in this network ranging from fast flowing downhill to lung busting climbs. Most trails run either up or down with a couple runnning along the base of the Book Cliffs. Over all, these are the classics that made Fruita a destination. And the fact that you can camp right at the trailhead and ride right from your campsite makes this an awesome basecamp for your stay in Fruita. Same goes for water and shade here. Bring your own.
The Western Rim trail is one of the highlights of this area with over 6 miles of fast, scenic singletrack winding around rim above the Colorado River. Trail #2 is the best singletrack route to take to get there or the Kokopelli doubletrack is another option. Either way offers lots of scenery and lots of rocky, sometimes sandy terrain. These trails are open to motorcycles and ATVs too, the only trails in the area where bikes and motos share the trail but it’s such a large area, there is plenty of room for everyone. Bring your own water and food. This system is 17 miles away from Fruita and there isn’t really anything between here and there, and nothing at the trailhead but pit toilets.
This trail system will challenge riders in some of the most unique and scenic terrain in Western Colorado. The Lunch Loops system includes some demanding doubletrack trails that feel more like singletrack when you ride them. With step-ups and step-downs, these trails will test your technical skills as well as your endurance and fitness. Some of the notable singletrack include the Gunny Loop, Twist-N-Shout, Butterknife, Andy’s Trail, and Eagle’s Tail. There are some technical challenges that are significant. Please ride with caution and make sure to pack lots of fluids.
The Sarlacc Trail offers incredible views of the back of the Bookcliffs as well as enormous views of the Grand Valley. The trail itself is a full bench cut trail with some tight corners, rock moves and twisty and rolling whoops. The trail gets its name from Episode 6 of Star Wars because of the large holes that are found in the area where the Bookcliffs have fractured. When riding by a prominent hole at the start of the singletrack at the Western End, it is easy to imagine the Sarlacc monster and its tentacles at the bottom. Just don’t let it get you!
About 70% singletrack connected with a short section on a Forest Service road and an ATV trail. The drive up gives you a spectacular view to the west over the Uncompahgre to the canyons in Utah. The trail itself winds through aspen stands, thick pine and passes a reservoir in the middle of the ride. Elevation here ranges around 9000 ft. so this is a great trail to hit when August temps are soaring in the Fruita desert.