These are the 5 ‘must ride’ trails in Fruita based on the amount of time you have away from the family. These are intermediate to advanced rides.
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The trails on 18 road are designed for quick laps so they are perfect for families. Here are three of the best options.
Ride If: All these loops are tried and true Fruita – flowy, fun and fast!
Family Beta: While one of you is riding the other can hang out with the kids in camp or take them out for mini laps. If your kids are too little to climb up Prime Cut shuttle them to the top in your car and then let rip on down.
Prime Cut is the main singletrack to get from the lower parking lot to all the downhill trails such as Kessel Run, PBR, and Joe’s Ridge and MoJo. If you get tired of multiple laps on Prime Cut you can take the steep climb on the left before the PBR Downhill Only sign. From there cross the road and follow the singletrack to the campground area. Use the campground road to access the downhill trails.
Prime Cut climbs continuously through a wash, but never very steeply and it’s generally easy. Near the top there are a couple rocks to watch out for, but this is a good introduction to the area.
Kessel Run, PBR and Joe’s are nonstop grins and giggles! You’ll find banked turns, features and lots of flow.
Once again you will need to take Prime Cut to access Chutes and Ladders. This trail starts with short, very steep uphill sections and some rocky terrain. But don’t fret the slight challenge and off camber trails will turn to some of the best fast and flowy singletrack on the planet.
Once you get comfortable with the Fruita terrain you are ready for the classic Zippity Do Da. Think BIG and STEEP but also fun and flowy.
Where 18 rd is smooth, the Kokopelli area is defined by rocks and ledges. But don’t let that scare you – most of the trail system is rideable and top quality singletrack.
Ride If: You want to experience small technical obstacles and great scenery.
Family Beta: Rustler’s Loop is a great option for kids while you all take turns on the larger loops.
One of my favorite rides in Fruita although it’s almost on the Utah border at the Rabbit Valley Exit. Traditionally a popular trailhead for ATVs and Motorcycles it’s also has the best of both 18rd and Kokopelli without the crowds.
Ride If: You have more than 3 hours to spare and you want to experience more isolation than the other areas offer.
Family Beta: Probably leave the kids for this one.
This is a relatively new trail and it takes a bit of effort to get to but it’s well worth especially on a busy weekend when you need to get away from the crowds on 18 road. There are multiple options on how to ride this trail. I recommend driving to the easternmost trailhead and riding west and then back east to your car as a start.
Ride If: You want a LONG ride from the 18 road trailhead, or if you have time to drive up to the Sarlacc trailhead. The trail is not overly technical or exposed but it does give you spectacular views.