Guidebook

Famous Desert Pedaling: Best MTB Trails in Fruita, CO

Fruita, Colorado is home to some of the most famous desert mountain bike trails in the world! Get the scoop here.

Description

Fruita was once known (or rather, largely unknown) as a fruit producing town in Colorado's Grand Valley, but thanks to the construction of singletrack trails across the region Fruita is now renowned as one of the best places to ride a mountain bike in the world!

On an objective basis it's difficult to rank the trails in Fruita on par with destinations like Whistler, Crested Butte, or even Moab. But if you limit your scope to specifically desert mountain biking, there's no question that Fruita is one of the top mountain biking hot spots. This popularity is largely due to the 18 Road Trail System located in the North Fruita Desert, which offers fast, flowy beginner-friendly trails in wide-open terrain. Camping near the trailhead is extremely popular, making for a convenient spring mountain bike getaway for the throngs of riders that live on Colorado's Front Range.

Across the interstate, the Kokopelli Area Trails provide more technical terrain with challenging rocks and downhill gnar. That said, some of these trails offer excellent flow as well.

Included in this guidebook are key trails in nearby Grand Junction. While perhaps not technically in "Fruita," the Lunch Loops trails—and especially The Ribbon—are 100% worth riding when you're in the area. While they might look further away on the map, driving time to reach the Lunch Loops from downtown Fruita isn't much longer than driving to 18 Road.

Finally, unlike some towns that might objectively have higher quality trails, Fruita "gets it." The local business owners and elected officials know what it means to be a mountain biking destination. They've rebranded Fruita's official town logo and now depict it as an "F" in the center of a bicycle chain ring. Multiple bike shops in downtown support mountain bike tourists—most notably Over the Edge, whose owner and founder, Troy Rarick, is responsible for catalyzing much of the trail development in the region. And finally, the local restaurants and breweries—most notably the Hot Tomato—are all about their mountain biking patrons. While perhaps some of the trails leave something to be desired, in many ways Fruita sets the tone for every other mountain bike destination around the world.

18 Road Beginner Loop

18 Road Beginner Loop

Fruita
6.8 km
This short beginner loop in the North Fruita Desert is not only very approachable, it's a heck of a lot of fun, too!
Private
Zippety Do Da

Zippety Do Da

Fruita
10.9 km
Zippety Do Da provides the fast downhill bombs, swoop and flow, and visually-stunning ridgeline singletrack that put Fruita on the map.
Private
Chutes and Ladders Loop

Chutes and Ladders Loop

Fruita
10.0 km
An aerobically-challenging but technically-moderate loop that will remove you from most of 18 Road's crowds.
Private
Horsethief Bench

Horsethief Bench

Fruita
13.1 km
Horsethief Bench is the most famous trail in the Kokopelli Trail System, primarily because of its uber-gnarly drop down to the main trail. The views are spectacular as well!
Private
Moore Fun Loop

Moore Fun Loop

Fruita
15.2 km
Enjoy a well-built cross country trail on your way to access the technical centerpiece of the Kokopelli Loops: Moore Fun.
Private
Troy Built -> Mack Ridge -> Hawkeye Loop

Troy Built -> Mack Ridge -> Hawkeye Loop

Fruita
16.2 km
A lesser-ridden area in the Kokopelli Loops Trail System, with one of the best-quality singletrack trails!
Private
Rustler's Loop

Rustler's Loop

Fruita
5.7 km
Rustler's Loop is probably the best beginner mountain bike trail in the state of Colorado.
Private
Lunch Loops

Lunch Loops

Grand Junction
19.9 km
While easily accessible from the town of Grand Junction, the Lunch Loops provide rocky, technical singletrack to challenge even the best of mountain bikers.
Private
The Ribbon

The Ribbon

Grand Junction
16.4 km
One of the fastest, rowdiest, point-to-point shuttles anywhere, with wide-open rock slab riding, uber-technical rock gardens, and big jump and drop options--experts only!
Private