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Current Trail Conditions

Monday, April 15th

The weather and the Valley trails are both conspiring to bring us EPIC SPRING CONDITIONS! All is dry and riding great. Sunshine is abundant. There is no good reason to do anything else with your life besides ride your bike. If you don't believe us, just ask us! 18 Road/Bookcliffs trails, Lunch Loops, Rabbit Valley, Palisade Rim (Not to be confused with Palisade Plunge, see below.)  and Kokopelli Loops* are all good to go!



Notes:

*When wet, the mud here can cling to your bike like peanut-butter cement. Don't do that to the trails or your bike. There's more Danger Mud potential at the 18 Road/Bookcliffs trails than at the other trails. There may be some precipitation this coming week, so keep an eye on the sky and on this trail report.

*We are entering the Spring Wildflower season! So stay on the narrow trail, because the less we ride and stomp the dirt, the more flowers we will have! Don't bust the crust! Current wildflowers include: paintbrush, scented cat's eye, phlox, twinpod, mustard, parsley. (You might wanna lay down and put your nose in a phlox or cat's eye for a whiff of desert purfume, if you're into that sort of thing.)

*Sarlaac trail and other trails behind the Book Cliffs remain closed until May 1st to protect the baby elk and deer that are hatching up there right now.

*The Palisade Plunge is a summer thing. Closed until May 1 for wildlife. After that, it'll depend on snow and creek crossing conditions.

If you find that trails conditions have changed, please let us know, so we can alert others, by texting 970-858-7220.

COME RIDE WITH US !

Our group rides will return soon!


Welcome to the Center of the Mountain Bike Universe!

Below we'll focus on our own smaller sphere of rad-ness, but at the bottom of our list we'll throw out a list of places you should visit that are roughly within a 6 hour drive of Fruita. Remember that the time of year that you plan to visit matters a lot.

Where should I ride? 

We're glad you asked! Fruita is located on the west side of the Grand Valley, which primarily reaches from Palisade and the slope of the Grand Mesa westward into Grand County, Utah.  We're located near six different trail systems, which are covered in greater detail below. When you arrive in Fruita, your closest rides will be Kokopelli (8 minutes from downtown Fruita) and the 18 Road trail system (23 minutes from downtown Fruita). Consult our staff for detailed trail beta once you land in the shop!

Book Cliffs / 18rd Trails / North Fruita Desert

These packed, bentonite trails offer flow, jumps, and mostly directional travel for maximum fun and safety! This is a great trail system for beginner riders as well as seasoned riders. If you like downhill flow, this is the place to ride! 

Kokopelli Loop Trails/Loma/Mack

The Kokopelli trail system is where beautiful scenery meets amazing riding. This system of stacked, singletrack loops is also the start of the 142-mile Kokopelli Trail that goes from Loma, CO to Moab, UT. However, the trail system is packed with many days’ worth of single track riding, with layers of beginner to advanced singletrack stacked on top cliff bands overlooking the Colorado River.

Lunch Loop/Tabeguache/Third Flats/Bangs Canyon

This spider web of steep, gnarly, rocky singletrack  will keep the most advanced riders on their toes. The Tabeguache Trail begins at this system, as well as rides ranging in difficulty and distance. Go here for quick 3.5 mile spin, or begin an all-day technical challenge. We love helping people plan rides in this trail system, as there is some directional travel.

Rabbit Valley/Westwater

When asked for a third day of riding we always ask. “Do you want something really technical, or something easier with amazing scenery?” Rabbit Valley is a moto-legal, multi-use area that straddles the Colorado and Utah border. The system's premier trail, the Western Rim, winds along the bands of red cliffs above the Colorado River. It's one of the most visually striking trails on the planet. The area isn't overly technical in whole, but has "technical moments" that will keep you on your toes.

Palisade Rim and The Palisade Plunge

The Palisade Rim and especially the newly built Palisade Plunge are technical, expert undertakings! If you start at the bottom and climb up the Palisade Rim Trail you will not get a warm up on the anaerobic climb, but you'll be rewarded with fun, technical riding and beautiful views. Please enjoy the petroglyphs without touching! Keep in mind that the sections of trail near the rim, and especially the Plunge from Shirttail Point to Palisade, are very exposed and might exceed many riders' comfort level.

Turkey Flats/Pinyon Mesa

Oops, I came to Fruita when it's 100 degrees outside! You need to beat the heat by riding our closest high elevation trails. Turkey Flats, Haypress, Reservoir and Black Pine will all give you a ride above 9000ft in elevation. You'll be cruising through Aspen trees and crossing babbling streams. You can even take a swim in the many lakes if you can handle cold water!

Sooo, tell me more about these other places I should ride that are a bit further from Fruita. I want to expand out from the Center of the Universe...

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