Rustlers Loop

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3
miles

Beginner

Singletrack
↑ 200 ft
↓ 300 ft
4,587
elevation (ft)
5.4
avg mph
142
ridden
23
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1:17
avg time

Loop
AVERAGE RATING
4.12 out of 5
About This Trail
added by R3 Gramcounter on January 12, 2006
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Suggested route: Clockwise loop. Trail is a great warm up for Mary's Loop/Horsethief Bench but offers really great cliffside views of the Colorado river. There is also signage during the ride that helps educate new riders about ethics and skills of mountain biking.
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vbeckman74 on May 1, 2013
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Review: It's rated as green, but it's not boring. It also has cool signs to help newbies on riding technique. It is very fun and has great views of the river.

Similar Trail: Steve's Loop

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wrestle203 on August 25, 2012
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Review: great trail to learn how to tackle different terrain. this is the trail i first learned on. Now we take other beginners.

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tcbroncs on August 20, 2012
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Review: We rode this a couple times just to check it out. Kinda fun, but watch out for small (6 year-old) kids. It's for beginners and you shouldn't ride it on a weekend unless you want to get smoked by said 6-year-olds.

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grotegutj on September 24, 2011
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Review: Great warm-up or sweet ending to a hard day of riding on area trails. Perfect place for a beginner, or to try out new equipment. Awesome views of the colorado river make this a must ride for any level of rider.

Similar Trail: Kessel run at 18 road

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cmack819 on June 4, 2011
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Review: Quick beginner ride at the Kokopelli trail system. This trail has proven to be fun for any level rider... Set up for beginners with sign posts occasionally on the trail to provide tips, the trail gives new riders a taste of what mountain biking can become. If you are advanced, do not shy away from this trail. With great views, the occasional little challenge and a fun and quick descent back down into the parking lot, this trail is well worth the 35 minutes it takes. If for nothing else, use it as a warm up for the spectacular Mary's Loop whose trail head is just up the trail system road.

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drlg on September 25, 2010
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Review: I find Rustler's Loop to be a nice tack on trail at the end of a longer ride rather than a warm-up. Flowy section at the start that you can blast thru a couple of gentle up and down sections in the middle and a fast end. One of the few trails in the winter that is very ridable on snowpack (a great time and helps bridge the gap until spring riding starts).

Similar Trail: Kid's Loop (Tabegauche)

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rich67 on May 11, 2009
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Review: Great warmup ride with some awesome scenery. Fun!

Similar Trail: Horsethief Bench, Mary's Loop

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david_darling on May 7, 2009
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Review: A great family ride or a great ride. Very basic trail with enough fun factor for the advanced and a great experience for the novice. Fun for all and all for fun. Good warm up ride if you are riding Horsetheif Bench and beyond or want to tack on some miles at the end of a tour of Kokopelli's.

Similar Trail: Mary's Loop

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arnolda14 on September 13, 2008
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Review: Like a lot of people, I only intended to use this to add a few miles to my Horsethief ride but the big surprise was that it's actually a really fun loop. There are interpretive signs that give you tips on how to be a better rider, though nobody I saw was reading them. Still, it's a fun little loop that compared to the Vegetarian is a little more interesting and scenic. I'll ride this again if I'm in the area and just want a quick little easy ride.

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John Fisch on March 21, 2008
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Review: This has to be the best beginner trail in existence, as well as the perfect introduction to Fruita. What's more, it can also be fun for an advanced rider--just see how fast you can take the corners. The trail has great flow throughout, and gerat scenery to boot.

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krystyly on August 21, 2007
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Review: Just a flat out fun trail for all levels of riding!!! The scenery is great. I love this trail as a warm up...it really gets you pumped!!

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Lancefan on December 2, 2006
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Review: Great warmup for mary's and horsethief.

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dauw on October 16, 2006
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Review: A relatively short piece of prime singletrack for everyone to enjoy, with decent flow. Nice views of the Colo. River.

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R3 on September 10, 2006
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Review: A fun little warm up ride to hit before heading over to Mary's and Horsethief Bench. The last bit of the trail is fast and smooth. Great trail for beginners that has signs with tips on them placed throughout the ride.

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jfennell2 on July 25, 2006
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Review: A great, short ride. I frequently will stop and hit this as I am cruising on I-70 between Denver and Moab. Not super technical, but enough to keep it fun. Highly recommended for beginners because the fun factor will stay high while giving them a chance to improve skills.

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Rebus on January 13, 2006
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Review: A really fun, really fast trail that is, like R3 said, a great warm up for the Mary's/Horsethief pair. Gorgeous views, smooth typical Fruita singletrack with a few small slickrock sections to work on your skills for what lay ahead on the more difficult trails.

Similar Trail: Prime Cut

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bonkedagain on January 13, 2006
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Review: This is a great trail. It was designed to be a beginner's loop, but it is fun for all skill levels. Sorry, no gnarly drops or anything, but you can zoom around some fun corners. The kids (OK, the adults too) like to stop and toss rocks off the cliff into the river (watch out for rafters!). Most people ride it clockwise, but it is fun to ride it counter-clockwise too (especially the downhill near the start).

Similar Trail: Mary's Loop, Horsethief Loop

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