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on 4/16/14 by Billadoe
 
  
18 Road Trails
Avg Rating: (4.62 out of 5) 26 trail reviews
Difficulty: Intermediate bike trail - Intermediate
Length: 40 miles Global Rank: #1
Tread: Singletrack Configuration: Network
Ridden: 199 Wishlist: 126
41 trail check-ins Climb // Descend
+10,600 // -12,200 feet
Average Speed: 8.8 mph Average Time: 1hr 5min
 
 
 
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Description
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.

added by david_darling Gnarly on May 23, 2011


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Mountain Bike Trails in the 18 Road Trails Trail System
 

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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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mtbgreg1 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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skibum 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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