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biking sustainably in Fruita

Fruita is surrounded by over 1,000,000 acres of public land and has some of the most direct access to outdoor recreation that you’ll find anywhere in Colorado. It’s an incredible resource we feel very lucky to have. But it’s also up to each and every one of us to help protect it. Help us make sure everyone can enjoy Fruita to its fullest by being sustainable and leaving no trace.

Care for Colorado

One of the best ways to care for Fruita is by practicing the Care for Colorado Leave No Trace Principles.

  • Know Before You Go
    Adequate trip planning and preparation helps backcountry travelers accomplish trip goals safely and enjoyably, while simultaneously minimizing damage to the land. Poor planning often results in miserable campers and damage to natural and cultural resources. Rangers often tell stories of campers they have encountered who, because of poor planning and unexpected conditions, degrade backcountry resources and put themselves at risk.
  • Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
    The goal of travel in the outdoors is to move through natural areas while avoiding damage to the land or waterways. Understanding how travel causes impacts is necessary to accomplish this goal. Travel damage occurs when surface vegetation or communities of organisms are trampled beyond recovery.
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
    We encourages outdoor enthusiasts to consider the impacts that they leave behind, which will undoubtedly affect other people, water and wildlife.
  • Leave What You Find
    Allow others a sense of discovery by leaving rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
    Fires vs. Stoves: The use of campfires, once a necessity for cooking and warmth, is steeped in history and tradition. Some people would not think of camping without a campfire. Yet, the natural appearance of many areas has been degraded by the overuse of fires and an increasing demand for firewood. The development of lightweight efficient camp stoves has encouraged a shift away from the traditional fire for cooking. Stoves have become essential equipment for minimum-impact camping. They are fast, flexible and eliminate firewood availability as a concern in campsite selection. Stoves operate in almost any weather condition—and they Leave No Trace.
  • Respect Wildlife
    Learn about wildlife through quiet observation. Do not disturb wildlife or plants just for a “better look.” Observe wildlife from a distance so they are not scared or forced to flee. Large groups often cause more damage to the environment and can disturb wildlife so keep your group small. If you have a larger group, divide into smaller groups if possible to minimize your impacts.
  • Be Considerate to Others
    One of the most important components of outdoor ethics is to maintain courtesy toward other visitors. It helps everyone enjoy their outdoor experience. Many people come to the outdoors to listen to nature. Excessive noise, uncontrolled pets and damaged surroundings take away from the natural appeal of the outdoors.

Featured Adventures

Unlocking the Secrets of Fruita: A Geological and Paleontological Journey 

Fruita + Palisade Gravel Adventure Guide

Dinosaur Journey