18 Road Trails

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Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 10,600 ft
↓ 12,200 ft
7.6
avg mph
261
ridden
166
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1:17
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
4.60 out of 5
About This Trail
added by david_darling Gnarly on May 23, 2011
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There are several trails in this network ranging from cruiser to some lung busting sprints. Most trails run up and down the cattle pastures while a couple run along the base of the Book Cliffs. Over all, these are the classics that made Fruita a destination.
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System Trails (12)
Chutes and Ladders
Zippety Do Dah
Prime Cut
Joe's Ridge
Kessel Run
Vegetarian Loop
Edge Loop
Frontside
Western Zippety
PBR (Pumps Bumps Rollers)
MoJoe
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GTechRacer on August 13, 2014
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Review: Disappointing. These trails are somewhat rutted out especially zippedy so you can't descend as fast as you want to killing your momentum for the next climb. Joe's ridge was the only fun part in my opinion because it was actually flowy. After watching countless youtube videos of this place it just didn't live up to it's expectations and I had more fun at the lunch loop around the area. I feel bad giving it two stars but for such a legendary trail system it just did not deliver.

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Guest on August 25, 2014
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Review: Sadly, the above reviewer picked the worst time of year to ride (except maybe February). August has a ton of rain, and the bentonite is a real pain. Probably best to avoid.
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CRMTB on July 12, 2014
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Review: Fast Flowy and GREAT views of the book cliffs. The knife edge looks rad flying down on a gopro. Makes it look like serious drops on both sides and your friends will think you are nuts!

Similar Trail: Frontside

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Jon Campbell on June 4, 2014
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Review: Awesome! Flowy and fun with plenty of options to keep you grinning for awhile.

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AaronT on May 6, 2014
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Review: Best trails in America.

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blutzski on May 1, 2014
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Review: I never use to like this place until I got my single speed 29er. It always seemed like I'd rather just keep driving to Moab. With the single speed, however, this place became really fun. If you like technical, keep driving to Moab, or check out some of the other trails in the area. If you have a single speed, definitely stop here!

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AaronT on April 25, 2014
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Review: Epic trail system. Some of the best, most creative trails in America.

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tlongpine on April 23, 2014
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Review: This is a choose-your-own-adventure network of flowing descents and return climbs of varying difficulty. You can also access the Edge Loop IMBA Epic from this system

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justin70 on April 21, 2014
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Review: Love it. Fun, flowing track with enough options and difficulty if you want it.

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candyrapper on April 21, 2014
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Review: Had a blast riding the trails in this system. There certainly is something for everyone here. I love the support that this system gets by builders, maintainers, and riders. Keep up the great work!

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uber_franz on March 22, 2014
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Review: Some fun flowy trails. A good option for some easier variety than the Kokopelli/Tabaguache trails offer, but not quite as fun

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k2rider on March 18, 2014
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Review: I didn't read all the other reviews here so forgive any redundancy. 18 Road to me is the go-to Intermediate area in Fruita. Most of the trails are very smooth (buff is the word many use) and the fun factor is high. Every time we're in Fruita, we go here for (1) of the days. If you want a little more challenge, head over to Kokopelli or Lunch Loops.

Similar Trail: Never ridden an area with trails like 18 Road

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TFred on February 25, 2014
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Review: You can either park at the main parking lot on the left as you pull in (recommended) or drive further up the road towards the book cliffs and park in the campground. The main parking area has forest service style bathrooms and a gazebo with a trail map. Super fun mostly flowy winding singletrack with not many technical areas. There are some shorter grunts and many ups and downs to keep you on your toes. Keep in mind that a Pumps, Bumps, and Rollers (PBR) and Zippity Do Dah are directional downhill only trails. Once you ride them you'll see why. You can ride many different loop options, many of which swing by the main parking lot. Plenty of trails to get a good day of riding in.

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rcraft6826 on November 26, 2013
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Review: This is a pretty cool network for anyone who like a trail with alot of good jumps and flow. With lots of difficulty options and trail types to choose from I can see why this network is known by pretty much everyone. Not only does it have great flow trails, but if your looking for more mileage there are a couple lungbuster trails that go up near to the top and behind the book cliffs. I would give this trail a 4 out of 4 stars simply because of the super long drive it takes me to get here from Colorado Springs.

Similar Trail: None

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pgee79 on November 11, 2013
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Review: Something for everybody here. I love that most of the trails are one way, so you pretty much never run into anybody. Great place for beginners.

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ac90002 on September 25, 2013
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Review: It's a good network, well worth a trip for a day or two at the most. But no way is this the 2nd Best MTB Trail in the Whole Wide World. Better than Porcupine Rim? Slick Rock? Hardly. Not even close. Lots of fun, some great views atop the hills, but that's true for many many other trails in the Whole Wide World

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jimcummings on August 26, 2013
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Review: As good as it gets - you are guaranteed to go home happy!

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delphinide on May 7, 2013
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Review: This is one of the funnest trail systems I have ever ridden. It lives up to the hype. I rode it on a Saturday during the Fruita Fat Tire Festival, and although the parking lot was crowded, the trails were not. PBR and MoJoes are awesome...ZDD is an insane blast. A MUST RIDE>

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vbeckman74 on May 1, 2013
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Review: Fruita has really created something unique with this trail system. It may be better than Moab.

Similar Trail: Not on this planet.

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ByronV on November 28, 2012
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Review: Some great rides. Although we found that the surface was very dusty and very loose, particularly on the western side so could not rip it as much as we would like. Prime Cut was my preference for going back downhill it was a bit more interesting than Kessels run which is great as well but I was not good enough to make the turns at the speed that I wanted to go hence Prime Cut being my pick. Chutes and Ladders is just hard. You really want to like hard technical stuff if you are going to do this one and I found it frustrating. The last bit through the meadows and past the cows was great of course. Camping is excellent.

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abegold on October 24, 2012
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Review: Dry desert area with few plants but fun swoopy Kessel Run will leave a smile on your face. It's a small arroyo that's perfectly rounded for a very fun downhill run that's not very tough but high on smiles.

Similar Trail: Gold Canyon (AZ) K Trail network

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CFM on October 23, 2012
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Review: These trails are a blast! They are so different from what we have in the Midwest. Most of the technical challenge comes from the steepness and exposure. Trails are smooth and wind in and out of drainages and across mounds creating an exceptionally fun experience. You will not end a day of riding here without a big smile on your face. Most people seem to climb Prime Cut or the gravel road to get to the top. From there you can choose a number of routes back down to the trailhead.

Similar Trail: Kokopelli Trails

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wrestle203 on August 30, 2012
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Review: Awesome place one of my favorites. ride up prime cut. or run shuttles. the down hills are great. there is also camping with camp sites

* Review edited 9/17/2012

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Arcand316 on August 14, 2012
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Review: Fast ride down with lots of flow. Super fun! Must try Kessler' Run coming back to trailhead!

* Review edited 8/14/2012

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James_Bright on August 11, 2012
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Review: Fantastic riding with a variety of loop combinations. I like Zippity Do Da, Joe's Ridge, and Chutes and Ladders best but it is all good!

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Tracy_N on August 2, 2012
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Review: Fast and flowy & fun desert single track. Short loops and a variety of moderate terrain made this an ideal location for a group with mixed abilities. PBR is a blast!

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Greg Heil on June 17, 2012
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Review: This trail systems isn't too tough, but it sure is a whole lot of fun! Flowing trails, rocky trails, jump-filled trails, steep descents, crazy exposure, and views for miles... yes, this place has it all!

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mtbikerchick on May 22, 2012
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Review: There is a new section of trail called the PBR trail that cuts back from the part of Prime Cut where Chutes and Ladders starts. You can ride up Prime Cut then rip down this Pumps, Berms and Rollers trail before heading back up for a second lap on Prime and Kessel. It's SO fast and crazy! You'll be grinning ear-to-ear.

Similar Trail: Phil's World, Kessel Run

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dzpd23 on April 10, 2012
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Review: Pure grins!!! I love this system. Pretty easy climbs compared to the downhill payoff. This is like riding a roller coaster on a bike. Smooth and fast. Finnish this ride off with a pizza and a beer at the 'Hot Tomato'.

Similar Trail: It's unique in my world.

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kuala_tahan on April 4, 2012
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Review: Trails are a blast out here. Fast, flowy, tight singletrack that you can rip through. Highly, highly recommended

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stillfat on March 28, 2012
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Review: This is a special trail network. The trails are all unique - ripping fast, exposed, steep and tacky - how can you not like that? Besides, being short in length, there's lots of great options to pull a quick 30 minute ride when you're bored at camp in the evening. Love this stuff...

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getouttheretoo on March 10, 2012
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Review: A really fun variety of trails for all levels of riders, plus an excellent campground. Some washouts on the trails from heavy rains but the trails were dry. Some technical sections, but nothing too hairy.

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stumpyfsr on November 16, 2011
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Review: It's a rollercoaster. Fast flow and challenging if wanna complete in one day. Also hard to ride if raining. Take a map and water - there's no shade. Will be back there again

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jfigel76 on October 25, 2011
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Review: Flew in from Maryland to ride these trails and Slickrock. Lots to offer, and epic if completed all trails in a day. Need multiday trip to complete all trails. Will have to come back someday, maybe for the Festival one year. Not technical, flowy, fast and great workokut. Very exposed and can be windy, very sunny with no shade.

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John Fisch on September 2, 2011
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Review: This network doesn't quite have the variety or technical challenge as other area networks, but what it does, it does well. There's a reason it's impossible to find a camping spon on weekends.

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david_darling on May 23, 2011
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Review: World Class network of singletrack. Many rides can be imagined here. Awesome XC trails.

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18 Road Trails MTB Trail 4.60 out of 5 based on 35 ratings. 35 user reviews.
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