Bike: Fruita (3 day)
Our guided Fruita Mountain Biking rides between red rock canyons, soaring desert mountains, and fun free-flowing mountain biking that ranges from fast and fun riding for beginners, to technical and intricate trails for intermediate and advanced bikers.
Fruita is one of Colorado’s most beloved mountain biking towns, featuring some of the most classic trails in the West. Our guided Fruita Mountain Biking rides between red rock canyons, soaring desert mountains, and fun free-flowing mountain biking that ranges from fast and fun riding for beginners, to technical and intricate trails for intermediate and advanced bikers. This three-day adventure to Fruita, Colorado on the Western Slope will introduce bikers to some of the most classic biking trails in the West. Riding the twisting canyons of Horsethief Bench to the desert singletrack rides of 18 Road and the technical ‘Lunch Loops’ near Grand Junction. When we’re not riding we’ll get to enjoy the eclectic and colorful town of Fruita, with its famed Main Street of breweries, cafes, and restaurants providing a fun respite when we’re not out riding. Join us for this unforgettable experience of custom guided mountain biking in the desert.
This trip is over 3 Days, which includes two days of riding in Fruita and transportation to and from Boulder, Colorado.
Day 0: We’ll meet in our office in Boulder and talk about the plan and the itinerary and get fitted for bikes. The guide will answer any last questions and get an assessment of abilities and goals for the trip.
Day 1: We’ll leave early in the morning from Boulder and drive just over 4 hours to the city of Fruita on Colorado’s Western Slope. We’ll set up camp at a local State Park, and then in the afternoon and early evening we’ll have the option to enjoy a short ride to explore local trails. We’ll then have dinner in camp, talk about the plan for the next day, and have the option of an evening mountain bike mini skills clinic.
Day 2: We’ll travel for 20 minutes to the trailhead for the Kokopelli Loops, which combine some of the best riding high above the Colorado River with miles of riding alongside canyon walls, through dry river beds, and free flowing trails through the canyon basins, while cruising through desert sagebrush, spindly trees, and exposed canyon scenery. We’ll start on some easier terrain to get warmed up and then if the day goes well will hit Horsethief Bench, with it’s famed ‘staircase’ feature, which 95% of riders will walk down, while the 5% elite riders will hop and drop down the steep and frightening looking feature.
We’ll then link up with several other trails, which ride deep into the dry streambeds between the canyons, and then climbs up to meet the top of the canyon rim and rides while overlooking the Colorado River and exploring uphill and downhill switchback paths. The trails here are rocky, uneven, and exposed in some places, providing thrilling rides along rock ledges, canyon-side trails, and through fast and flowing dry streams. Afterwards we’ll return to the trailhead and in the afternoon where we can explore the city of Fruita, take a dip in the Colorado River, or explore short local hiking trails. We will have dinner at the campground and most likely a fire and s’mores to round out the day!
Day 3: Today we’ll drive 30-minutes outside of Fruita through the North Fruita Desert to 18 Road and the Book Cliffs. This open playground outside of the city is just flat our FUN! We’ll get to ride such classics as Kessel Run, with it’s fast and twisting downhill, Zippity Do Da, Chutes and Ladders, The Edge, and Prime Cut, all trails looping back to the parking lot for a quick snack and rehydration before setting off on another amazing mountain bike loop.
The trails here are different from the dramatic canyon scenery that we rode along the Colorado River. We’ll be exploring open desert ridges, thrilling twists, rolling hills, and fast turns and drops through short but pumpy singletrack. This is a great day that’ll combine athleticism, fast corners and S-Curves all in a spectacular open desert setting.
After a number of laps on some of the most classic trails in the area, we’ll stop in town for one last meal before we start making our way back to Boulder.
Who is this trip suited for: This is a great trip for bikers who want to take their rides to the next level. Great for experienced riders, families, teens, college aged adults, and bachelor parties looking for an adventure.
Why Us: Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides are proficient mountain biking guides with intimate knowledge of the Fruita area, with the permits, insurance, and experience to create an unforgettable adventure.
Included in our rates: Professional Bike Guides; Permits (BLM, USFS, NPS); backcountry camping permits; all food during the trip; all transportation (Day 1 – Day 3); All necessary; group gear (water purification, fuel and fuel bottles, stoves; group cooking gear, tents and group medical kit); Group CB and contingency and emergency support.
Not included in our rates: Meals while in the front country (breakfast day 1 and dinner day 3); laundry; alcoholic beverages; hotel night before trip (Day 0) and at end of the trip (Day 3), personal equipment (sleeping bad, pad) – all can be rented; Mountain Bike – can be rented, gratuities for guide(s) – recommended 20%. Optional: trip cancellation insurance.
Special Notes: We supply Fuji Full suspension 27.5” mountain bikes. However a full suspension bike is can be rented in Fruita and depending on they type of bike the price can range from $65 to $100 per day.
Difficulty Description: Moderate: Steep slopes and/or obstacles, possibly on narrow trails with poor traction. Most Difficult (Hard): A mixture of long steep climbs, loose trails surfaces, numerous difficult obstacles to avoid or jump over, drop-offs and sharp corners. Some sections are definitely easier to walk.
What to Bring: Sent with trip confirmation