is fast becoming a bike Mecca of it's own. Located on
the way to Moab (coming from Colorado and East) most
people pass right by some incredible terrain. The photo
above was shot during a fun road ride that included
a tour through the Colorado National Monument.
Wow, this place
is insane! The sandstone architecture is unbelievable
and definitely worth a look. It's best to road ride
in here during the week due to traffic. If you have
ever seen the cycling movie "American Flyers"
with Kevin Costner you might recognize some of these
pictures. Every way you turn here makes you gasp! Tunnels
and Canyons Galore!
There is camping
available here and also lodging at the Super 8 on the
way into the park. The road biking is great here but
there is very limited
mountain biking inside the park itself. If you want to
mountain bike near Fruita, you are in luck...
biking is getting all
of the attention in this area. The famous "Kokopelli's
Trail" is located just a couple of miles off
of Exit 15 on Highway 70. It is only 14 miles west of
Grand Junction, Colorado and it offers some sweet single-track
with a spectacular view of the Colorado River. The trail
travels through Horsethief and Ruby Canyons which makes
the view spectacular.
The trails in
the Fruita area are fast and technical. There are not
really that many huge climbs to conquer but there is
plenty of challenging terrain. Every year in late April
the Fruita Fat Tire Festival takes place and there is
always tons of cycling related events such as tours
and races during the week. On the the final day of the
Festival, the Ruby Canyon Mountain Bike Classic is held
on Kokopelli's Trail. It is a great early season race
and it will always test your early season fitness and
especially early season skills. The track is very technical
in sections and it makes for some serious fun.