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Level: Beginner
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +452/465 ft
Total: 225 riders

Mountain Biking Rustlers Loop

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#141 of 1,348 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#1,430 in the world

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.

First added by R3 on Jan 13, 2006. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take I-70 to exit #15. The Kokopelli trailhead parking lot is just off the exit on Frontage road. Either park in the main lot or opt to drive over the hill and park in the small lot near the trailhead gate.
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  • michaelschafer01

    One of my top three favourite rides in the world. The Horsethief Bench drop in is bananas, but don't let this stop you from riding this trail. Lots of
    Super flowy Singletrack peppered with short technical sections. Unbelievable views of the Colorado river abound. Ride Mary's loop to Horsethief Bench, ack to Mary's to Steve's Connector, Steve's Loop, Moore Fun for an epic 30 Km ride. Moore's Fun is advanced. Skip it if you don't like walking.

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  • GJmtb

    Pretty nice area, pretty open though, very scenic.

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  • steelworx

    Great trail to get a flatlander riding Kokapelli Trails. Great trail for a beginner but the views you get of The Colorado River make it worthwhile for everyone. Good warm up before going on to the other trails.

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  • Hap Proctor   ✓ supporter

    One of the finest beginner loops! 3.5 miles of skill building trail. Fun for experienced riders too. Perfect way to start your ride before hitting the other loops in the area. Enough ledges and rocks to challenge you before a swooping final roll back to the TH.

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  • kaseytea

    This is a really fun and easy loop that the whole family can enjoy. You can get some fun speed. If you don't like the ending to this loop, than you do not like mountain biking! It is one of the funnest and flowiest trails out there.

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  • wrestle203

    Rustlers is one of the funnest beginner trails in the Grand Valley. The trail will give the new rider every aspect of terrain to practice on. Start out with the short but steep climb and proceed counter clockwise. The final downhill is fast and fun.

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  • vbeckman74

    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.

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  • wrestle203

    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

    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

    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.

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  • csm819

    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

    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).

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  • david_darling

    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.

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  • arnolda14

    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

    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

    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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  • dauw

    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

    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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