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Mountain Biking In Fruita

Mountain Biking

Fruita is now considered by many to be one of the premier mountain biking destinations in Colorado, with the perfect combinations of terrain to challenge riders of all skill levels and abilities. Take a leisurely ride on the 18 Road Trails and just soak up the peaceful Colorado beauty. Or go for it all out—hit the Kokopelli trails, with steep climbs, hair-raising switchbacks, intense downhills, and technical challenges that test the best. There are so many choices, true believers will most likely want to experience all the trails, each for its own unique value.

 

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  • Mountain Biking Fruita Colorado

    Mountain Biking Fruita Colorado

    Fruita Mountain Biking Areas

    Colorado mountain biking at its finest. With trails varying in terrain and difficulty, Fruita, Colorado has something to offer mountain bikers of all levels of expertise.

  • Red Hot Dirt Days

    Red Hot Dirt Days

    The days are cooler, but the trails are hot. It is a great time to come and explore all that Fruita, Colorado has to offer, and we are making it even better by offering discounts on lodging, shopping and dinning.

  • Pumps, Berms, and Rollers (PBR)

    Singletrack Trails completed the construction of PBR Trail in Fruita, Colorado in time for the Fruita Fat Tire Festival.

 

Trail Maps

 

Directions to trail heads

Mountain Biking Rules
  1. Stay on the trails. Please.
  2. Keep the trails clean.
  3. Let someone know where you are going and when you will return.
  4. Plan ahead; prepare for extreme weather and emergencies.
  5. Use appropriate safety equipment.
  6. Take plenty of water.
  7. Take plenty of water. (We really mean it.)
  8. If you pack it in, pack it out—leave no trace.
  9. Respect wildlife—don't spook or try to approach animals.
  10. Be considerate of other visitors—bikers yield to hikers, and downhill bikers yield to bikers coming up.

 

Road Bikingmonument

The actual town of Fruita, Colorado, is a joy to experience, with its small-town feel, energetic ambiance, and full-time fun. If you prefer the "real thing"—self-propelled bicycles to motorized—then, amazingly, Fruita is also the place for you. Start downtown and drink in the delights of a charming town square, complete with central park; loads of free parking; shops, from generic to boutique; and views to die for.

Then, when you're ready, hit the spectacular road from Fruita across the Colorado National Monument and back through Grand Junction and the Valley. The Fruita Farms/Highline Lake Loop carries you past lush agricultural fields and around a favorite local fishing lake. And if you yearn to see Utah, just hop on Old Hwy 6. It'll get you there and back.

A biker's paradise—with or without a motorized vehicle

Tie on those sturdy hiking shoes!

While all types of outdoor adventures exist in Fruita, Colorado, there’s truly nothing like escaping into the Colorado wilderness on one of the many hikes in this region. With incredibly diverse terrain and beautiful views of the surrounding Colorado Rockies, Fruita has established itself as one of the premiere hiking destinations in Colorado. Plan a hike through the Mccinnis Canyons or Colorado National Monument, and take in the gorgeous scenery and local wildlife.

Always inquire beforehand as to conditions and climate of the area you wish to hike. Then plan accordingly. For more information on hiking contact the Colorado National Monument Association 970-858-3617

Hiking Areas

Colorado National Monument

The following is from the Hiking in the Monument Bullitin:
Colorado National Monument Hiking Map Download

Devils Kitchen Trailheads


Trailhead: Located on Rim Rock Drive near the East Entrance.

No Thoroughfare Canyon gives hikers the opportunity to wander through a narrow canyon in the oldest rock layer in the park. Follow the wash for approximately 1 mile to the First Pool and turn around, or continue for 0.8 miles to the First Waterfall. An unmaintained route continues past the waterfall for 6.5 miles to the upper trailhead. (1-2 miles one-way;moderate,rocky terrain)

Devils Kitchen, a large sandstone monolith, is reached by following the No Thoroughfare Canyon Trail for 0.25 miles to a signed junction directing hikers to turn left. The trail follows rock stairs and cairns up slickrock to a large opening into Devils Kitchen. (0.75 miles one-way, +300’; easy, rocky terrain)

Echo Canyon’s shady, interior offers an escape from the relentless midsummer heat. Follow the Old Gordon Trail for 0.5 miles to a signed junction directing hikers down the slickrock into Echo Canyon. (1.5 miles one-way, +300’; easy)

Old Gordon Trail winds up through large slickrock expanses and sandstone ledges for 4 miles. Along the way, hikers are rewarded with lovely views of No Thoroughfare Canyon. (4 miles one-way, +1600’; moderate, rocky, some route-finding)

Named for its numerous switchbacks, Serpents Trail was built as the first road into the park. It offers pleasant views of No Thoroughfare Canyon as it snakes its way to the Upper Trailhead on Rim Rock Drive. (1.75 miles one-way, +770’;moderate)

Monument Canyon 


Lower Trailhead: Located off of Hwy 340.Drive 2.1 miles east of the West Entrance and turn right onto a dirt driveway leading to the trailhead parking area.

Upper Trailhead: Located on Rim Rock Drive 3.8 miles east of the Visitor Center.

Lower Monument Canyon TH to Independence Monument offers spectacular views of towering rock formations. It is also the best trail to see desert bighorn sheep during the fall. For visitors looking to do only one hike in the Monument, look no further. The 2.5 mile trail follows the base of sandstone cliffs to the massive Independence Monument. (2.5 miles one-way, +500’; moderate)

Lower Monument Canyon and Wedding Canyon Loop is best done by following the directions above to the base of Independence Monument. Once at the base turn right and follow the unmaintained trail through Wedding Canyon for 2.5 miles back to the trailhead. (5 mile loop, +500’; moderate, rocky terrain)

Upper Monument Canyon TH to Independence Monument takes hikers through the more remote portions of Monument Canyon on the way to Independence

Monument. The trail descends steeply for 1 mile to the floor of the canyon and then winds around the base of the sandstone cliffs passing under Kissing Couple and several unnamed monoliths (rock towers) on the way to Independence Monument. (3.5 miles one-way, -840’; difficult, steep,rocky terrain)

For More Information
Colorado National Monument
1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, CO 81521
(970)858-3617 x 360
www.nps.gov/colm

McInnis Canyons

Mcinnis Canyons

McInnis Canyons National Conservation area is located just outside of Fruita, Colorado. This conservation area is home to the second largest concentration of natural arches in the United States, and spectacular hiking opportunities throughout this canyon country.

Directions 

Take Fruita exit #19. Turn south (left), travel 1.5 miles to the Kingsview Estates subdivision. Turn west (right) in to the subdivision. Stay on the main road all the way through the subdivision, Devils Canyon Trailhead is approximately 0.5 miles ahead on your left. The trailhead sits back off the main road via a short access road and is not easily visible from the main road. Watch for the sign. Pollock Bench Trailhead is another 2.5 miles ahead directly off the main road, on your left.

Rattlesnake Arches

Rattlesnake Arches Map BLM
From Bureau of Land Management McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area
Trail Highlights:
Rattlesnake Canyon provides outstanding opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation. Geologic features in this area includes arches, spires, windows, giant alcoves and desert patina. Between these canyons are pinon-juniper covered mesas which slope downward to the Colorado River.
Trail Notes:
A short section connecting the top of the mesa to the bench below the arches is rocky and steep and requires extra caution. Trail is mildly strenuous. From the TH, travel 0.5 miles to intersection. The trail to the left takes you 0.5 miles to a view area. The trail to the right accesses the Lower Trail that traverses under the arches and is about 5 miles round trip. In 0.2 miles the trail splits again. The trail to the left continues along the Lower Trail and the trail to the right travels 5 miles to the Pollock Bench TH.
Access From Grand Junction/Fruita:
From Grand Junction take I-70 west to the Fruita Exit. Turn left (south) at the off ramp and follow the signs to the Colorado National Monument (CNM). Enter the CNM and travel 11 miles to the Glade Park Store turn off at 16.5 Road (it will be on your right). Travel 0.2 miles to the “Black Ridge Access Road” on the right. There is a cattle guard and a kiosk at this point. Travel on the open access road for approximately 13 miles to the Rattlesnake Arches Trailhead. We recommend that a high clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle be used to access this trail. Driving the last 2 miles is only recommended if you are experienced with a 4-wheel drive vehicle. These roads are impassable when wet, so keep the weather in mind. The Upper Road access is open from April 15 to August 14. The Lower Road access is open from August 15 to February 14. Motorized travel is prohibited from February 15 - April 15 each year (weather permitting).
McInnis Canyons NCA
2815 H Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
(970) 244-3000
Grand Junction BLM

Hiking Essentials
  • Water and food
  • Map and compass
  • Rain gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight
  • First-aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Matches or lighter

Fruita Community Recreation Center

  • 324 N Coulson, Fruita CO, 81521
  • More information available on our webpage

 

Hours of Operation

  • Mon- Fri 6:00am – 9:00pm
  • Saturday 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Sunday Noon- 6:00pm
  • Indoor Pool Mon-Fri 6:00am-8:30pm
  • Indoor Pool Saturday 7:30am-7:30pm
  • Sunday Noon – 5:30pm

FruitaRecCenter

Rec Center Amenities

  • Indoor Pool – 5 lap lanes, Leisure pool, Spa, Drop Slide, Climbing Wall, Diving Board, Tot Area.
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Library
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Senior Center
  • Gymnasium
  • Running Track
  • Locker Rooms
  • Pool Party Room
  • Fitness Area – Free weights, Selectorsized Weights, Cardio
  • Fitness Aerobics Room
  • Indoor Playground
rafting

Holy waterflow, Raftman!

The mighty Colorado River rushes down from its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains, crashes into and picks up the Gunnison River, and then runs through the Grand Valley and Fruita, on its way to carving out huge canyons downstream. We're talking about 120,000 cubic feet of water per second. Yikes! But yet again Fruita offers variety, from white-knuckle whitewater rafting to an easy, merrily-merrily down-the-stream float.

Tip: always wear a life jacket certified for whitewater use.

BLM River Rafting Information

 

Day Trips

Ruby and Horsethief Canyons

Float through 25 miles of towering red-rock canyons; see ancient Precambrian rock and gigantic boulders; view pictographs by the ancient Fremont Indians.

Blue Heron Run

This 9-mile, 3-hour trip takes you rather gently through spectacular scenery on the Colorado River and the Canada goose flyway; includes a series of small rapids; time and places for a refreshing swim in the river.

Westwater Canyon

Wild and historic Westwater Canyon, a 17-mile full-day trip through western Colorado and eastern Utah, combines the serenity of the upper canyon with the heart-thumping Class III and IV rapids in the lower canyon. Permits are required for private trips. A "best in the west" experience.
BLM Moab

Multiple-Day Trips

Colorado River

This 30-mile, 2–3 day trip is just right for anyone who prefers a leisurely pace, enjoys hiking side canyons, wants to paddle his or her own inflatable kayak, indulge in bird watching, or just plain relax! On this overnight trip you will float through towering red-rock canyons, visit Fremont Indian pictographs in the McDonald Canyon Cultural Resource Area, and enjoy hearty meals prepared by your multitalented guides.

dinosaur territory

Calling all real and would-be paleontologists of all ages!

Come to Fruita, Colorado—dinosaur country. Start at the world-famous Museum of Western Colorado's Dinosaur Journey to learn about the history of dinosaurs in the region. Then join a professionally conducted dinosaur excavation to get hands-on experience in uncovering this fascinating part of Earth's past.

Dinosaur Adventures

The Dinosaur Diamond

Travel a route that boasts some of the world's most significant dinosaur fossil quarries and museums, along which the earth, fractured and stained, coughs up a rare collection of previously buried treasures. Ancient stone rises to the surface after eons underground; skeletons 100 million years old now bleach out in the desert sun. The byway traverses high mountains and barren plateaus, with stops at two national parks, two national monuments, and two great rivers of the West (the Colorado and Green). Your imagination will run wild; your curiosity will be both satisfied and yet piqued. This is truly an adventure trip back in time.

  • Length: 486 miles
  • Driving time: 2–3 days
  • Contact: Dinosaur Journey Museum, Hwy 340 and Jurassic Court, Fruita, CO
  • Phone: 970- 858-7282
  • The Dinosaur Diamond Website

 

 

Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey

Wander among skeletons of real and robotic dinosaurs for your and your kids' entertainment and education. This interactive museum features exhibits, displays, a reading area, and more, including a laboratory where real bones are prepared by scientists for display. How cool is that? You can spend many fascinating hours here, so wear comfy shoes and be ready for a memorable Jurassic journey.

  • Location: Hwy 340 and Jurassic Court, Fruita, CO
  • Phone: 970-858-7282
  • Hours: Open 7 days a week

 

Dinosaur Hill

Trek an easy mile to 10 different points of interest; plan to take about 45 minutes to an hour to walk the trail and enjoy the history lesson. Dinosaur bones, great scenery, and informational plaques await your discovery.
Location: 1.5 miles south of downtown Fruita on Hwy 340.

Phone: 970-858-7282
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset.
Admission: Free

 

Rabbit Valley and the Trail Through Time

Part of the McInnis Canyons Natural Conservation Area near Fruita, Colorado, is called Rabbit Valley. This area has many trails and multiple uses. Particularly interesting is the Trail Through Time, a 1.5-mile hiking trail that is also an interpretive loop featuring dinosaur fossils.

  • Location: Take Rabbit Valley exit on I-70, 15 miles west of Fruita.
  • Phone: 970-858-7282
  • Hours: Sunrise to Sunset.
  • Admission: Free

ATV

When you think about all terrains on which to test your all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and your skills, think about Fruita, Colorado. You'll find a mix of trails for every level of ATV driver, and all of them are sure to thrill, delight, and satisfy even the most picky of off-roaders. You will find flat-out-fast desert trails or more challenging ups and downs, all within a short drive of Fruita.

Rock Crawling

Rock crawlers won't find much better terrain than the North Fruita Desert area. Vast and varied, this public land features flat land for beginners to boulders and near-vertical hills for more advanced crawlers. Watch out in the spring: a running creek disguises what lies below the flowing water.

Find your way to Billings Canyon Trail, off Little Park Road at the Bangs Canyon Staging Area of the Colorado National Monument. This deep canyon boasts boulders and huge rock formations that more experienced crawlers will appreciate and enjoy.

Fruita is a must-stop for rock crawlers from across the country who are heading for Jeep Safari, in Moab. Stopping over in Fruita alllows crawlers to prepare their vehicles for the rigors of canyon country.

golf

Adobe National Golf Course

Enjoy a spectacular round of golf with the Colorado National Monument and McInnis Canyons as your backdrop at Adobe Creek National Golf Course.

  • 27 holes
  • 3 courses
  • Monument: 9 holes, 6,998 yards, Par 73
  • Mesa: 9 holes, 6,998 yards, Par 73
  • Desert: 9 holes, 6,998 yards, Par 73
  • You must wear a shirt and spikeless shoes.
Directions

Turn off I-70 at Exit 19 (Fruita); follow signs to Tourist Information Center; turn East on Frontage Road (North of Information Center). Drive 1 ½ miles to 18 ½ Road, turn South (right) and go ½ mile to the Adobe Creek National Clubhouse

Other Area Golf Courses

Golf Club at Redlands Mesa

2325 W. Ridges Blvd.
Grand Junction, CO
970-263-9270

Tiara Rado Golf Course

2063 S. Broadway
Grand Junction,970- 254-3830

Chipeta Golf Course

222 29 Road
Grand Junction, CO
970- 245-7177

Lincoln Park Golf Course

800 Mantlo Circle
Grand Junction, CO
970- 242-6394

rodeo

Rimrock Rodeo June – August

4:30 – 9:30 pm
Every Tuesday evening throughout the summer, Fruita holds the Rimrock Rodeo—sure to be a fun evening.

It all starts at 4:30, with a showcase of 10 riders. At 7:00, watch some serious, yet hilarious, "Mutton Busting." Catch the Professional Rodeo Riders "Grand Entry" event starting at 7:30.

1 Mile south of I-70 Exit 19 on HWY 340 (just across the Colorado River)
Phone: 970-434-7515

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