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Level: Intermediate
Length: 40 mi (64.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +3,706/3 ft
Total: 470 riders
 

Mountain Biking 18 Road Trails / North Fruita Desert

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#1011 of 1405 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#12114 in the world

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.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
From Over The Edge Sports in Fruita. Go east on Aspen 2 blocks to Maple. Left on Maple (north) approx. 4 miles to N 3/10 road, go right .5 miles to 18 Rd. Go left onto 18 Rd. approx. 8 miles. The main TH parking is on left.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Fruita, Colorado

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Beginner | 3 mi
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Intermediate | 8 mi
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Intermediate | 40 mi

Rider questions

Q: Is it Dog friendly?
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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  • lhogue
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    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.

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  • herrBiermann
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    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.

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  • Gdb49
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    One more great place to ride in Fruita. Shuttle is a good idea here.

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  • Richard Hespen
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    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.

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  • Richard Hespen
    Reviewing Prime Cut:
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    This is primarily used as a climb to some fun downhill lines at 18 roads. It's nothing special, but a good way to get to finer things.

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  • gphilvmi08
    Reviewing Edge Loop:
    *****

    This is an absolutely awesome ride. I'd advise anyone doing the IMBA epic ride on this app or on MTBproject. Some of the trails have been rerouted or aren't on the map. One major factor to take in consideration is the wind. The first time I rode, this never crossed my mind. The second time I rode it, I had to lean in to the wind to not fall off the trail on some of the narrower sections. Overall, a great trail with a lot of variation throughout the ride.

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  • Paul Rine
    Reviewing Edge Loop:
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    This is one of those trails to ride and say that you did it. Nothing really great about it... It has long climbs along gas line access roads with little to no shade. Bring plenty of water (2 bottles camelback). After climbing approximately 3600ft to the top, the downhill is a steep loose mess. Once you tip toe down, you have miles of deep sand to ride through on your way out and back to the parking area. The views from mile 14-23 are not bad, but there are plenty of better trails in the area if you are looking for a 30mi ride.

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  • johnnyresponsible
    Reviewing Sarlacc:
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    We rode it in a loop from the punishing, exposed climb on the west side, but after you get past the Sarlacc hole, there is a lot of forested, flowing single track. It was pretty loose with several different kinds of sand, so have appropriate tires on. Over 1500 feet of descent from the top with almost no brakes though--lots of flow. It's maybe even better starting from the east side--we'll do that next time.

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  • GJmtb
    ****

    Lots of trails in this area, lots for all riding levels.

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  • Greg Heil
    Reviewing Vegetarian Loop:
    **

    While this trail is singletrack, it's really not very much fun. The climbs are grinders, the trail doesn't flow all that well, and the views, while decent, aren't any better than the more entertaining trails in this trail system. Useful for connecting to other trails in the system but not recommended on its own.

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