Mary's Loop / Horsethief Bench

4.70 out of 5
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↑ 500 ft
↓ 700 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Suggested route: Start by climbing the jeep road along the rim for 2 miles till you come to a small gate on the left for horsethief. Suggested to hike-a-bike the first time down to the trail. At the bottom of the decent, turn left and ride the loop clockwise. Upon returning to Mary's Loop, ride left to continue on Mary's. At 8 miles, you can return to the parking area using the frontage road or continue left to ride Steve's Trail and a 12.5 mile return on the frontage road.

The network offers great fast singletrack, really technical sections and amazing views. A must ride in Fruita.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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October 9, 2018
TK34 Trailblazer  
Review: I try to save my 5-stars, but this is one of them because it fits my preferences: mostly flow with some intermediate tech, a full loop (rather than out-and-back), great scenery, and a local community that "gets" mountain biking. Some climbing, but not too crazy. If there is a small downside, not much for facilities on site.

World Champ

October 10, 2017
Review: These two trails make up a really good combined loop. They are both nicely technical, make for a great workout and have fine views. They do have trouble deciding what grade they are with some easy sections and some short unrideable sections.


September 9, 2017
Gdb49 Gnarly  
Review: I do love high desert riding, so I am bias. 5 stars on beauty and 5 stars on trail. Definitely in the argument for favorite trail. Monarch Crest beautiful and a better trail- don't hate me! Solid intermediate trail with a few hard spots. The initial "drop in" is scary as sh.., but fun, think I was still shaking ten minutes into the ride.


August 10, 2015
Lee Harris Gramcounter  
Review: Here's my full review of both Mary's Loop and Horsethief.


April 27, 2015
Review: THis is a classic ride for me. Can't wait to get back.


April 21, 2015
UtPreacher Gnarly  
Review: Awesome trail that has enough to keep most on their toes. Great views over the Colorado River and awesome trail that keeps you tuned in for the next surprise!

Bunny Hop

February 3, 2015
kaseytea Bunny Hop  
Review: The western slope is so spoiled having a trail like this so close to home. Anyone can do the horse thief loop, but expect to walk some long sections. Still worth every minute of it though. Stop and enjoy watching the crazies attempt the massive technical section. Don't let that scare you though, because the rest of the loop is awesome and rideable.

Bunny Hop

November 7, 2014
Cheyenne Bunny Hop  
Review: A must do if visiting Fruita! The drop in is insane, but don't let that scare you away. The rest of the trail is super fun with a few technical/hike-a-bike parts to keep you honest. Will definitely keep coming back to this trail when I'm in the area!


August 19, 2014
blutzski Gramcounter  
Review: Just wanted to add that this a great single speeding loop. I walked a few times on technical sections that I normally ride with my Specialized Enduro. But overall, I think I prefer this trail on my SS 29er. When I bring my Enduro I add on Steve's Loops and More Fun.


June 29, 2014
JWanamaker Gramcounter  
Review: Rode Horsethief Bench, will return to do Mary's. Amazing single track trail following the Colorado River, great ride nearing dusk/sunset. Mostly intermediate with a few exceptions of advanced and the expert stepped drop-in at the top - all walkable. A must do if you are in the area.

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