Summer Ride Guide
The local's guide to beating the heat and staying on your bike during the summer months in Fruita, CO
Where do you ride in Fruita on a scorching hot summer day? With a little extra drive time, you can find yourself flying through the aspen groves and wildflower meadows atop one of our nearby plateaus, finding relief from the blazing summer heat. Pinyon Mesa’s scenic trails Turkey Flats, Haypress, and Black Pine are just over an hour away from downtown Fruita and offer shade, lakeside riding and picnicking, and even occasional views into Eastern Utah, all above 9,000 ft.
Nearby Grand Mesa offers a plethora of alpine trail systems, as well as Powderhorn Resort’s lift-access bike park. The rockier trails of the Grand Mesa top are around 90 minutes away from downtown Fruita, and offer rock gardens, alpine meadows, and scenic views of the Grand Valley and beyond.
For trail riders wanting a quick venture to the Mesa, the West bench trail departs from Jumbo Lake west above the Powderhorn lifts through igneous rock gardens and scenic meadows (watch for moose!). The Mesa Top and Flowing Park trails also offer intermediate mileage with beautiful views and some flat but technical terrain.
Powderhorn is our local ski resort located on the Grand Mesa! It is about an hour drive from Fruita. Powderhorn offers excellent views and lift-serviced riding. The Powderhorn Bike Park was built to complement the natural terrain of the mountain and create an exhilarating experience for all. Powderhorn's bike park offers multiple trails that can challenge the most experienced rider and provide easy terrain for those looking to improve their skills.