Shelley and I made a short weekend stop in Fruita, Colorado a few weekends ago for some mountain biking.
We stayed at James M Robb – Colorado River State Park for three nights and four days. The below photo was our camp spot. We wanted to stay in North Fruita as there are tons of BLM spots up there, but with us coming into town on Friday night with a big mountain biking event that weekend, we didn’t think we’d find any spots. So we just made reservations early for a spot. This was a pretty nice camp ground. On Monday, after we finished mountain biking up there, we drove the area around North Fruita marking all the camps spots for future trips back to this area.
Ripley seems to always find the best seat in the house.
We left Boise on Friday and made the drive in one day…..one long day. 11-1/2 hours with fuel and food stops. We didn’t want to waste a day of vacation traveling by taking two days to drive there, so one long day was better.
The mountain biking area we really wanted to try out was in North Fruita, but a mountain biking event was taking place this same weekend. So our first two days, Saturday and Sunday, was spent in the Kokopelli trail area and the Rabbit Valley trail area. Both are south and southwest from Fruita.
Monday, after the mountain biking event was over in North Fruita, we drove up there and spent the day.
Here’s a map of the area so you can get an idea of where we were riding.
The riding was great on all the days. It was so much harder and technical then what we typically ride on around Boise. Plus, there are hundreds of miles of trails to choose from too.
This was our Kokopelli area ride.
The scenery around this ride was pretty spectacular. As you can see from the map, a lot of the ride was right along the Colorado River. We could see a lot of rafters cruising the Colorado too.
As I mentioned, there were places where we couldn’t ride and had to get off and walk the bikes. Steep drop offs or just real technical climbs. In this photo of Shelley, you can see her getting ready to climb down. With her in the photo, you can see that’s about a 10′ drop. There was one spot where the warning was regarding a 100 yard boulder field that dropped 60 feet or so and said that all the but the most technical riders should even try it. We watched a couple guys from Germany try it, but only one of them even came within half way to making it. Everyone was climbing up or down it.
This was our Rabbit Valley area ride.
Rabbit Valley was pretty nice, but not quite as spectacular as riding along the Colorado River. This area was more wide open with some spots where you rode along cliff faces, but mostly it was pretty mild compared to the day before.
This was our North Fruita area ride.
Our rides in North Fruita were mostly long climbs to spectacular downhills. On the map above, those long straight lines on the right hand side were 1-way trails where you climbed up one and then ripped it down hill on another. Then we moved over to the west (left side of the map) and did a big loop. That loop was pretty nice at the beginning, but around mile marker 13 on the map, it got pretty difficult with lots of climbing and areas where we had to walk our bikes. Then, the down hill came along and it was miles of greatness back to the trail head.
Here you can see Shelley just beyond that first clump of trees along the trail working her way to those switch backs on the second ridge in the background. That’s what we had to walk.
Here we are, finally at the top looking back down what we just rode/walked up.
Now that we are at the top, I’m getting ready to take in the miles of downhill ahead of us back to the trailhead.
On Sunday evening, my sister Laurene and her husband Roger both came to visit for the afternoon and join us for dinner. They live just a few hours away and got some of their own biking in on Sunday before joining us.
It was great to see them again and catch up over beer and dinner.