Fruita, Colorado (Not
in Utah) Web Page
Fruita is Not in Utah. So this is not an Official Page of
UtahMountainBiking.com. Yes, we could assemble all the heavily-armed
pickup trucks from Delta and Fillmore and forcibly move the Colorado
border a few miles to the east. But then Fruita would have 3.2% beer, like
Utah. So what the hell.
Bruce in 2005, up near the top of Eagles in
the Tabegauche trail area.
|Fruita is about 75 miles down I-70 from the 191 exit to Moab. So you can get there with about
an hour's extra travel time. But you'll be Not in Utah.
We rode the Kokopelli, Book Cliffs, and Tabegauche area trails. My
favorite is the Kokopelli area west of town. If you're planning to go to Fruita, I must remind you it's Not in
Utah, so you won't find any useful information on this web site.
Matt and Chad take a break overlooking
the Colorado on Horsethief Bench in the Kokopelli group of trails.
This is THE place to go in Fruita, located west of town on the Colorado
River, but Not in Utah. The heart of the trail system is Mary's Loop, from which you can
veer off onto Rustler's Loop, Horsethief Bench, and Steve's with
Handcuffs. Moore Fun offers a technical return option. At the northwest
end, your after-lunch ride will be Lions Loop with Mack Ridge and Troy
Built. The return route along the freeway is doubletrack, otherwise it's
all fun singletrack, with just a smattering of tech stuff thrown in. Great
views of the Colorado River.
GPX track files for Kokopelli
From Fruita head west on I-70 to the Loma exit. Turn south
onto the frontage road and veer
right into the parking area.
|Book Cliffs Trails ("18 Road Trails")
These are famous trails northeast of Fruita (which is Not in Utah),
designated "fast flowing singletrack." It's fun and swoopy. Many
riders absolutely LOVE this. Frankly, I wasn't thrilled. It's worth an afternoon if you've already been to the
Kokopelli area. Nice
riding, but no inspiring views, nothing challenging. These trails are great
confidence builders for intermediate riders, and you can put
in a lot of miles without blowing up.
GPX track files for
the Book Cliffs trails
As you pass to the north side of I-70, go straight
through the light and about 3 blocks north until you hit a T intersection
by the medical center. Turn right and proceed about 1/2 mile. Turn
left on Maple (which becomes 17-1/2 Road) for 3.8 miles, then right on 3/10 Road, then left
at the T onto 18 Road. Stay generally left on the main road 4.3 miles
to the parking area.
These trails are also called the Lunch Loops. They're right across the
river from southwest Grand Junction (which is also Not in Utah) just a few miles east of Fruita.
These trails offer some technical riding. Holy Cross is especially fun.
Eagles Wing was awesome. There's significant climbing on the singletrack,
with some nice views. It's decent stuff, and worth staying an extra day in
Fruita to do.
GPX tracks for
From Fruita, go east on 340 (the road I-70 exits onto),
almost into Grand Junction. Turn R on Monument Road and drive 2 miles
tothe trail parking area.
|Yes, this information is very sketchy. But then, Fruita is
Not in Utah. And this is UtahMountainBiking.com. If you want to know more,
go to our bookstore and buy
a trail book for the Fruita area.
There are some trails in the Fruita area that actually ARE in
Utah: Westwater Rim and the Colorado
Western Rim. Haven't done the Zion Curtain yet. But I'll get to it
eventually, even though part of that ride is Not in Utah.
See you in Fruita. I'll be the guy wearing the nose-and-mustache
fake-glasses disguise and the generic biking jersey. Because after all,
Fruita is Not in Utah.