By now you must have heard of it. The famous Fruita area trails including the rip roaring loops above the Colorado River, Rabbit Valley, and 18 Road. These trails were created through the teamwork of local cyclists, the Bureau of Land Management and Over The Edge Sports.
They include some great climbs and zippy descents on some amazing trails such as the Zion Curtain and the Overlook Trail. Both are big epic rides where you will truly appreciate the support vehicle. What could be better after a major backcountry mountain bike ride than a chair with a view, a cold one, and somebody else whipping up dinner? That's right, nothing! And it's just a phone call away, 800-845-2453!
After meeting in Grand Junction we will drive to Fruita and stop in at the famous Over the Edge Sports bike shop, which will get us in the mood for some world class singletrack. Before heading out we’ll pack a tasty lunch and then shuttle to Rabbit Valley, the start of our ride and home of an extensive dinosaur dig. A short climb brings us to our first trail which will take us back under the highway to the Zion Curtain Trail. We’ll climb steadily on singletrack to our lunch spot which has spectacular views of the Colorado River Valley. After lunch, we’ll stay on the Zion Curtain skirting the border between Colorado and Utah which will set us up for a big descent! Our sinewy and steep descent brings us to the trail’s end where we will pick up the Kokopelli Trail and ride a short, steep climb up to our camp. TOTAL MILEAGE: 18 miles
A BIG breakfast is in order for today! We’ll ride directly from camp on the Overlook Trail which was part of the 1999 IMBA Epic Ride. This trail runs the ridge in a roller coaster of fun all the while offering a panoramic view of the valley below, all the way to the La Sal Mountains, which are near Moab, Utah. After a great lunch near Arches Junction we’re off to descend a steep jeep road to the short “sawblade” Connector Trail. The Connector links us to the highly admired Western Rim Trail (marvelled for its flowing ribbon of trail as seen from the classic Kokopelli Trail above). The Western Rim is composed of smooth twisty sections, slickrock and sandstone ledges, making for a frolic of a desert afternoon. We finish the day on the Kokopelli Trail which leads us up to another lovely camp in Rabbit Valley. Yippee! TOTAL MILEAGE: 19 large miles
Today we’ll ride the famous Kokopelli Trail. This morning’s ride offers us a break from the technical side of the trip and the chance to spin our legs out on rolling jeep road through Rabbit Valley to our lunch location high above the Colorado River. After lunch….BREAK’S OVER! We have a gnarly, technical descent down to the Salt Wash Bridge where we cross over Salt Creek. “What goes down, must go up!” This starts our grind up to meet Troy Built Trail, a true Fruita classic! Lots of swooping singletrack, stout climbing and some hike-a-biking connect us to the Lion’s and Mary’s loops. The riding here is so good that the locals from Moab travel to Grand Junction to ride these very trails! When we hit the Loma Trailhead we’ll hop in the van and shuttle through Fruita to our camp out on 18 Road, located at the base of the Bookcliffs. TOTAL MILEAGE: 21 miles
Days 4 & 5
Good morning—it’s playtime! Welcome to the Bookcliff Trail System, the true original creation of Fruita mountain bikers. These trails are what changed Fruita from a local secret to a national destination. Fast, twisting and full of surprises, built entirely by and for mountain bikers, all of these trails are special! Zippy, smooth and significantly less technical than the previous days of riding, it’s too awesome to limit to just one day. So we will be spending two days riding in Fruita’s favorite mountain bike playground. We’ll hit Joe’s Ridge, Kessel, Prime Cut, Zippity, Chutes…and whatever else we can squeeze into our fun filled days. TOTAL MILEAGE: 20 - 35 miles
This tour contains some difficult riding on technical singletrack trails and some jeep roads. We will be without vehicle support during many sections of the ride. Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventure.
Riding Surface: Mostly singletrack. Includes packed sediment, some rocky and sandy sections, some smooth dirt sections and some asphalt sections.
Overall Rating: Intermediate/Advanced
Technical Difficulty: Advanced—rocky, loose, ledgy and sometimes steep singletrack.
Physical Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced— short but steep climbs, longer days and technical sections make this ride a challenging one.
Altitude: 4,000 - 5,600 feet
For travel logistics and a packing list, please download the complete trip itinerary.