Looking for technical riding filled with heart-pounding climbs, tight switchbacks and adrenaline-pumping downhills? Or, are you up for a more relaxing ride on road trails with breathtaking views? Whatever your style, you can find your fit and will never bore of the hundreds of miles of trails surrounding Fruita, Colorado.
Historically a fruit producing community, this western Colorado town has become a hub for outdoor enthusiasts who flock to the region for hiking, rafting and especially — mountain biking.
Located about 15 miles west of Grand Junction and a four and a half hour drive from Denver, Fruita has some of the best and most extensive mountain biking trails in Colorado.
With a population of around 12,000, Fruita has a small town feel and tight-knit community. Along with outdoor sports, the town is famous for its annual festivals, including the Fat Tire Festival every April celebrating the start of another mountain bike season. The three-day festival includes races, live music and a beer garden.
Places to stay:
Fruita has several good hotel, motel and bed and breakfast options in town. The Stonehaven Inn is a popular option with bikers. It’s small, however, with only a handful of rooms, so be sure to call ahead.
Camp sites are also available in the Colorado National Monument Campground just outside town.
Renting a bike:
Hitting the trails:
The Bookcliffs, a series of trails 11 miles north of town; Mary’s Loop, an 8.7-mile loop along the lip of a red-rock mesa 300 feel above the Colorado River; and Rim Rock Road, a 33-mile road ride that climbs 2,300 feet through the Colorado National Monument, are all popular rides in the area.
Several local bikers also offer guided bike tours. A popular, but intense, tour option is Colorado Backcountry Biker’s hut to hut trips. The trips, which range from two to four nights, take riders through more secluded Colorado backcountry trails, stopping along the way at fully stocked huts for overnight stays. Prices range from around $450 to close to $700 per person.
Get ready for some intense riding. We wish you luck!