The Ribbon

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.67 out of 5
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Intermediate
12
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,800 ft
↓ 2,400 ft
5,574
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Decend the paved road for 0.3 miles to a singletrack to your left. Descend into the western valley following Andy's route. At the wash bed the is a trail to the right and left. Turn left and uphill (right is Andy's loop). Portage the waterfall and follow the singletrack. At the ridge line (1.6mi) descend to sandstone wash. Ascend to 2.2 and walk sandy stretch to slickrock "stem" of the ribbon's champagne glass. There's drop off on the left to spit over. Ride up the slickrock stem to the champagne glass f**e of slick rock. Follow cairns left and upward to second slab of slick rock. Portage next section onto 3rd slab. As the slick rock expands keep riding it to the left and exit a small jeep road at the southwest ridge and ride this south to Little Park Road (paved) and finish loop. Good either way.
added by tbonetravBunny Hop April 27, 2008
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (7)
 

Trailblazer

July 7, 2014
tlongpine Trailblazer  
 
Review: This is a unique trail, but I don't understand the hype.

Currently, this trail is a route-finding mess. The blazes indicating the path down the ribbon itself have been removed so unless you know the exit this can be difficult.

Once below the ribbon the trail generally follows a washes, but the wash exits are difficult to spot at descending speed. So, heads up - this trail required your attention.

At the end of the ribbon you can connect to Andy's Loop, or hike-a-bike up to Park Road. It's ~600 in half a mile. It's awful and it probably best only as a bail- out option. From the road to can connect to a number of descents.

I road the loop beginning and ending a Tab. TH. The 5-6 miles up park road is a change of pace, but it's black pavement so probably best to avoid it in the height of summer.

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Trailblazer

November 19, 2014
tlongpine Trailblazer  
 
Review: Wrestle,

Former local, long time area rider, never faulted the trail for crossing the road. Route-finding concern is to advise uninitiated riders to the peculiarity of the trail system.

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Trailblazer


November 19, 2014
wrestle203 Trailblazer  
 
Review: Find a local to show you the routes and you will only be crossing the Road once to gunnector gunny loop.

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Gnarly


May 27, 2014
 
Review: Legit trail. Technical, wicked fast (going down) and a total blast. Not very well marked, so from the top down it's tough to find your way, gotta keep an eye out for tracks. It's like riding on the moon at the very top on that crazy rock, then gets into nice technical fun singletrack.

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March 19, 2014
Guest   
 
Review: My buddy Russell and myself built these trails back in the 1980's despite the fact that everyone told us it could not be done. However, we always environmentally demanded to walk the lines first before riding up. The concept of these bike trails as descends alone never would have enter out minds, even though Russell was use to shuttling his Kayak. Nothing I was ever comfortable with and always have classified gas shuttelers as Gravity Sluts.
Fun to see so many getting so much fun out of the area.
Revive Pegasus Chain. BookCliff Rim from Palisade to Carpenter over the top of Mt. Garfield. Russ & I barely got the Ribbon, Andy's, and Eagles/Tale done.
Cheers!
Andy

Similar Trail: Pegasus Chain ( Unkown & Unlawfu Nowl )

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Poseur

July 20, 2010
tlemons Poseur  
 
Review: This will put a huge smile on your face. We connected it with some other trails as well to get some extra miles. The beer afterwards was soooo good.

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Granny Gear

April 19, 2010
 
Review: I have done this trail a few times now and it is in the top 5 all time. My friend and I shuttled it so we started at the ribbon trail head off of little park road and bombed it down and connected to andy's loop, then hit pet-e-kes, lower lemon squeezer and mira monte and finished with Curts lane. VERY FUN! Very very technical, would not recommend for newer riders. Andy's loop is closed until around June while they reroute it. They were literally putting up the fence as we passed them so I guess we were the last ones to ride it as it is. Can't wait for Andy's loop to open again.

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Bunny Hop

April 19, 2010
 
Review: This was my final ride of 3 days of riding in the Fruita, Grand Junction area. I did it as a shuttled ride being dropped off at the Ribbon Trail Head, about 6 miles up the Little Park Road. The slick rock slabs along with the trees and view make this a ride you should not miss. Andy's was closed so we could not follow that trail out and had to take an alternate but the ribbon was fantastic. Make sure you have plenty of brake pad before hitting this ride.

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Epic


December 10, 2008
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: Wow--even for the Fuita/Grand Junction area, this one is a peach. A huge, tilted slickrock slab mixed with highly technical singletrack. You can do it as a loop, out-and-back, or a shuttle depending on your inclination. Be sure to catch the climb out of the gulch when heading south or you will end up in Colorado National Monument (illegal on a bike)

Similar Trail: Anything in the Lunch Loops area

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Epic

November 29, 2013
 
Review: The Ribbon was best trail in Fruita bar none, great views, great drops & rock gardens.

Similar Trail: Porkepine

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The Ribbon MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 7 user reviews.
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Riding the Ribbon
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