18 Road Trails / North Fruita Desert

4.32 out of 5
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↑ 800 ft
↓ 700 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
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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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: Is it Dog friendly? -Targabill

A: Yep, just be respectful if it's busy. Keep in mind a couple of the trails have a ton of exposure that may be dangerous for non-expert trail dogs. It also gets brutally hot in the summer and there's no shade. We've taken our dog there twice, both times in early spring.

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System Trails (14)
System Trails (14)
Chutes and Ladders
Zippety Do Dah
Prime Cut
Joe's Ridge
Kessel Run
Vegetarian Loop
Edge Loop
Western Zippety
PBR (Pumps Bumps Rollers)
Zip Off
Down Uppity
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Reviews (63)


May 29, 2019
lhogue Gramcounter  
Review: Ride this network after doing the lunch trails and Kokopelli network and wish I would've changed the order. Of the three networks, this isn't by far the most entry level. The trails marked "moderate" in this system are very generously marked that. If it's your first stop in Fruita and you wanna stretch your legs after a long car ride, goodness's place to stop. If you are camping with the family and want to take the kiddos "Mtn. Biking", great spot. The network has many small loops for the youngsters or you can of course, combine several loops to put in some good cross-country miles. The directional trails seem to be directional more for traffic flow than features, with the exception of PBR. The "must-do" sections, Zippity-doo-dah (cross country with very little climb or decent) Chutes and Ladders (rollers traversing several drainages), and PBR (decent flow trail with small manmade features) all offer a little different ride. If you want more of a challenge with fairly rated trails, head across the freeway to Kokopelli. In either case, be sure to stop in and see the folks at Over the Edge Sports and they'll get you all set up.

Similar Trail: Sweetwater in San Diego

Granny Gear

April 23, 2019
Review: This trail was a bit underwhelming to me. There's not much tech to speak of other than some steep descents (which take a lot of boring riding to get to). I think if you're a beginner-intermediate this provides a nice challenge. Otherwise, ride the other great trails in the area. 18 road certainly doesn't deserve a top 100. It's also out of the way to get to.


March 26, 2019
Gdb49 Gnarly  
Review: One more great place to ride in Fruita. Shuttle is a good idea here.


January 16, 2019
Review: Although this is a great area to ride, I was slightly disappointed, as I expected more based on reviews. I think maybe this was the best thing going before more modern trails were built in the area. Still, I had a blast, as I especially enjoyed Joe's Ridge.


November 27, 2017
GJmtb Gramcounter  
Review: Lots of trails in this area, lots for all riding levels.

World Champ

August 28, 2017
Review: There is something magical about the 18 Road Trails but they are starting to look very tired and old-school. They don't have quality technical features. They do have good dirt, scattered rock garden features, some interesting ridge line riding, and they are unique. But they are neither back-country get-somewhere trails nor feature-rich bike park style trails and when they try to be either of those they fail.

Granny Gear

May 7, 2017
mmoravec Granny Gear  
Review: Great signs and trail markings. Lots of singletrack choices, always marked "assent" or "downhill". I took the trail prime cut up and PBR down. Awesome


April 20, 2017
C Deuter Gnarly  
Review: Great trails, easy to find. Stop in to the local bike shop for trail conditions. We will return every year!

Granny Gear

December 30, 2016
poopsmagee Granny Gear  
Review: Was pretty underwhelmed with the 18 Roads trails. I was expecting big things based on all the great review, but it was a bit dull. Zero variety. Trails were not challenging, and the scenery was not anything special either. Next time I'm in this area all of my time will be spent riding the Kokopelli Loops to the west, which have some flow, some tech, amazing views, and trail variety.


April 29, 2016
Review: Having "grown up" to MTBing on the CAMBA system in Wisconsin I am used to longer rides, 20-30miles. Seeing the map for the 18 Road system I was a bit leery of 2 mile trail segments. I discovered, though, that these trails are more like an amusement park ride. They are FUN and you just get back in line (ride up Prime Cut) and do them again. And connecting several segments can give you a pretty good ride. First day there we rode 26 miles in all. Next 2 days we got 10 miles each day plus a hike at the CO National Monument.

18 Road Trails / North Fruita Desert MTB Trail 4.32 out of 5 based on 63 ratings. 63 user reviews.
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