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Fruita, CO has emerged in recent years as a sweet alternative to Moab, UT for those traveling from Colorado's front range. The shorter drive times and wide variety of trail options makes it a great family spot.

Check out the town's newly revamped website gofruita.com for an overview of all the recreation opportunities in the area.

Local Info

In the Kokopelli Trail area, check out the incredible intro ride, Rustler's Loop for a good family experience. Or for a less family-oriented ride, ride Kokopelli Loops - Mary's, Horsethief, Steve's, and Wranglers. Or, head out to 18 road for a ton of great short options like 18 Road Trails - Zippity Loop, or Chutes & Ladders.

Camping & Lodging

Highline Lake State Park is a fantastic spot for families, and provides easy access to the Kokopelli Trail, and a lake to play in.

There's also plenty of camping near the 18 road trail system. The official campsite has 35 sites with fire rings, and requires a $10 fee. Check out the local BLM website for more info.

Camping is also allowed along the undeveloped BLM lands in this area. You'll see spots along the dirt road past the 18 road trailhead.

If you prefer beds to thermarests, there are several inexpensive hotel options just south of I-70. Two hotels that seem to be friendly to outdoor folks are:
La Quinta Fruita and Super 8 Fruita. Or, if you'd rather stay in a home than a motel/hotel, be sure to check out Fruita CrashPad's VRBO listings.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Colorado Backcountry Biker offers self-guided, supported, multi-day hut-to-hut trips on the Uncompahgre Plateau and runs a full-service bike shop and rental facility. They're on the circle in downtown Fruita.

Over the Edge Sports is a famed local shop that offers full service repairs, demos & a wealth of knowledge about Fruita riding. Case in point...these guys put on the legendary Fruita Fat Tire Festival each Spring. OTE Sports is located smack downtown on the southeast corner of Aspen & Mulberry.

Chasing Epic offers all-inclusive, multi-day guided mountain bike vacations so you can explore all the Fruita classics. Their trips include lodging, meals, high-end bikes, guides and much more. Check them out at chasingepicmtb.com/fruita-g…

Additionally, if you are looking for advice or support for a bike trip here, definitely contact Western Spirit Cycling. Their guides have these trails dialed, plus they will get their massive support truck to camp, whip up amazing food, and keep the beer cold.

Food & Drink

Hot Tomato Cafe - the best pizza and beer for many miles, and in our professional opinion, the best food option in Fruita. But beware - it's usually PACKED during prime time!

For coffee, check out Aspen Street Coffee Company on E Aspen Ave (Main Street), just off the circle in town. People rave about the Mike's Mocha there.

Camilla's Kaffe (206 E Aspen Ave) generally get's a nod for basic burgers and Mexican.

Suds Brothers Brewery could be a good option for fresh beer and general pub fare, although it wasn't memorable when we tried it.

If Hot Tomato is too crowded, hop over to Copper Club. They're a craft brewer, and they seem to have adopted the bike theme. Additionally, you can just order some Hot Tomato pizza and have it delivered to Copper Club!

Recommended Routes in Fruita - 21

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Favorite Mary's Loop weaving around slot canyons
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Kokopelli Loops - Mary's, Horsethief, Steve's, and Wranglers

18.7 mi 30.1 km 1,568' Up 478.03 m Up 1,565' Down 476.9 m Down

Loma, CO
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Favorite Colorado River overlook
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Horsethief Bench

3.9 mi 6.3 km 383' Up 116.71 m Up 450' Down 137.05 m Down

Loma, CO
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Favorite Here's a great insider's tip:  Ride the 18 Road trails just before sunset... the trails will be empty, the light will be epic, and the views are unreal.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Zippity Loop

8.5 mi 13.7 km 703' Up 214.27 m Up 703' Down 214.35 m Down

Fruita, CO
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Favorite Sunset over the Colorado on Rustler's Loop Trail.  This photo is looking toward the start of Rattlesnake Canyon.
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

Rustler's

3.9 mi 6.2 km 281' Up 85.7 m Up 325' Down 99.15 m Down

Loma, CO
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Favorite Mary's Loop weaving around slot canyons
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Kokopelli Trail

143.4 mi 230.9 km 13,447' Up 4098.75 m Up 13,912' Down 4240.25 m Down

Loma, CO
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Favorite Riding the Western Rim Trail in Rabbit Valley, Colorado
Intermediate Intermediate

Rabbit Valley to Western Rim

19.7 mi 31.7 km 1,425' Up 434.38 m Up 1,425' Down 434.37 m Down

Loma, CO
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Favorite Ascending Chutes and Ladders just after the intersection with Prime Cut.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Chutes & Ladders Loop

6.9 mi 11.2 km 637' Up 194.2 m Up 637' Down 194.22 m Down

Fruita, CO
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Favorite There are jumps everywhere on MoJoe.
Difficult Difficult

The Edge Loop

29.1 mi 46.8 km 3,132' Up 954.74 m Up 3,132' Down 954.73 m Down

Fruita, CO
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Favorite The start of the Blue Heron Trail near the southwest side of the campground
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

Highline Lake

12.5 mi 20.1 km 613' Up 186.91 m Up 614' Down 187.04 m Down

Loma, CO
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Fruita Biking

  • 235 Miles 378 Kilometers of Trail
  • 21 Recommended Routes
  • 17 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 69 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 25 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Fruita - 90

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1PBR - Pumps, Bumps, and Rollers
Intermediate Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
Fruita, CO 255 
1.9 mi 3.0 km #2Joe's Ridge
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Fruita, CO
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
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1.6 mi 2.6 km #3MoJoe
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Fruita, CO
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Fruita, CO 131 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #4Zippity Do Da
Difficult Difficult
Fruita, CO
Difficult Difficult
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2.1 mi 3.4 km #5Kessel Run
Intermediate Intermediate
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Intermediate Intermediate
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5.6 mi 9.0 km #6Mary's
Intermediate Intermediate
Loma, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
Loma, CO 114 
3.9 mi 6.3 km #7Steve's Loop
Intermediate Intermediate
Loma, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
Loma, CO 71 
2.1 mi 3.5 km #8Prime Cut
Intermediate Intermediate
Fruita, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
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4.6 mi 7.4 km #9Moore Fun
Difficult Difficult
Loma, CO
Difficult Difficult
Loma, CO 69 
2.8 mi 4.4 km #10Wrangler
Intermediate Intermediate
Loma, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
Loma, CO 58 

Photos of Fruita - 327

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Awesome sunset on Joe's Ridge
Apr 10, 2013 near Fruita, CO
Mary's Loop weaving around slot canyons
Apr 4, 2013 near Loma, CO
A great overview of the 18 Rd. trails in Fruita.
Oct 9, 2013 near Fruita, CO
Troy kills it on the technical section.
Nov 1, 2013 near Loma, CO
Cleaning the entrance to Horsethief Bench Loop... Going UP! Allez!!
Oct 26, 2016 near Loma, CO
A quick lap on one of the favorites at Kokopelli Loops–Horsethief Bench.
Dec 23, 2016 near Loma, CO
Just starting to get into the fun stuff on Joe's Ridge!
May 4, 2018 near Fruita, CO
The look when you see that first big drop!
Nov 7, 2020 near Fruita, CO
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