Some say it’s about the journey not the destination. That’s great when you’re alone and have time to explore, but when you are riding with a six year old wandering aimlessly is not an option. Or worse, choosing a trail that is too advanced which can cause a tantrum in even the most patient kid (and parent).
These are the 3 ‘kid friendly’ trails in Fruita. These are beginner rides. If you have a gravity grom on your hands head over to the 5 Best Rides in Fruita page.
Each trail has extensive information, maps, pictures and even virtual tours brought to you by the MTB Project. MTB Project is built by mountain bikers. Their data comes from dedicated riders like you — including IMBA Chapters, Clubs and Patrols — who are willing to share their intimate trail knowledge.
Rustler’s is a great example of trail development for kids and beginners. Your child will be challenged on this ride, but never overwhelmed. The views are amazing and there are even interpretive trail signs that introduce the basics of mountain biking.
Ride if: Your child can ride for at least an hour and enjoys a fun challenge.
Suggested Bike for this Trail: Minimum 16″ wheels with knobby tires. Check prices here.
MTB Project link: http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/252364/rustlers-loop
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. Most of this trail is designated uphill only so you don’t have to worry about riders coming from the other direction.
Ride if: Your child can ride up hill for a minimum of 1/2 hour and enjoys a challenge.
Suggested Bike for this Trail: Minimum 14′ wheels with knobby tires. Check prices here.
MTB Project link: http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/271471/prime-cut
Kessel Run starts at the upper parking lot. If your child is too young to ride up Prime Cut or the road you can shuttle them up to the ‘high point.’ The first section of the trail is not without challenges but overall it’s a great introduction to singletrack. The trail gets more and more open with banked turns as you descend.
Ride if: Your child can control their bike and ride up or around small obstacles like rocks.
Suggested Bike for this Trail: Strider riders can test their skills with a shuttle. Check prices here.
MTB Project link: http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/279821/kessel-run