Weekend in Fruita!

  • October 18, 2013 · 7:00 AM

So I have never been to Fruita and I'm dying to go! A coworker who is a big biker said October would be a perfect time. I have started researching the area trails and camping and so far have come up with the following:

Leave Salt Lake City around 8am and make it to Fruita around 12:30.  Look for camp site and set up camp at 18 road campground.  Pick out a shorter ride in the 18 road trail area to do an evening ride. 

Saturday:

 Kokopelli Trails

This is THE place to go in Fruita, located west of town on the Colorado. The heart of the trail system is Mary's Loop, from which you can veer off onto Rustler's Loop, Horsethief Bench, and Steve's with Handcuffs. Moore Fun offers a technical return option. At the northwest end, your after-lunch ride will be Lions Loop with Mack Ridge and Troy Built. The return route along the freeway is doubletrack, otherwise it's all fun singletrack, with just a smattering of tech stuff thrown in. Great views of the Colorado River.

Saturday night we should plan on going into Fruita and eating at Hot Tomato Cafe or if we are up for it driving into Grand Junction for the evening:)


Sunday:

We will pick a ride near the camp site in the 18 Road trail system like Shutes and Ladders(6-7 miles) or Zippidy Do Dah(6 miles).  There are all levels of trails out here so we can even break up into groups and do different leveled rides if we want. 

Or we could hit the Lunch Loops that is a 20 min ride from Fruita.  I'd like to check out the Holy Cross trail(5 miles) here.  We might want to pack up camp first before we head out to ride this area. 

After lunch we can pack up and head home:(

*If anyone has any suggestions to this plan so far please let me know since I've never been there.*


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  • Frank

    Great trip

    1 · October 22

    • Jenni M.

      Hope everything is ok with your family? Thanks for coming Frank! Super cool to meet Jennifer I think she's great!

      October 23

  • Chris

    Awesome trip...Too tired to say more.

    October 20

  • Patrick

    Rub it in... Great photos though!

    1 · October 20

    • Patrick

      I blew it. Gotta get my priorities in order. Work should not be first. Ever. Looks like you struck gold on this one. Hate I missed it.

      October 20

    • Jenni M.

      I would gave kept updating it but for some reason meetup.com removed the whole event for the weekend:/. None of us could find it bows it's magically back! We actually had a really great time! The weather couldn't have been better. We did some awesome trails. Everyone is in one piece! Hot Tomato had amazing pizza! Fun trip!

      1 · October 20

  • Roger A.

    Great time. Fun people. Thanks Jenni.

    1 · October 20

    • Jenni M.

      Post some of your photos when you have a chance!

      October 20

  • Kyle

    Executive Decision: 18 Road, lower main parking lot, 10:30

    October 19

  • Patrick

    I waited too late to RSVP but I somehow managed to "check in" but now can't find my comment. Anyway, headed down late tonight. Would someone be kind enough to post some more specific location info once you get settled? I don't want to wake anyone up unnecessarily looking for a campsite. Thanks!

    October 18

    • Devin W.

      I am driving down early in the morning, am hoping to be able to link up with you guys when I get there, could you maybe update what trails you will be riding so I might be able to track you down?:) hoping to arrive around 10 or so

      October 18

    • Patrick

      Not sure why I got all these updates at once, but I'm grateful for them nonetheless. Also can't understand how hitting "check in" made me a host but hopefully no harm was done. You guys have fun. If I decide to come down tomorrow I'll look here for updates. Thanks again.

      October 19

  • Jenni M.

    We are here and there liks like there will be room for a few more tents

    October 18

  • Jenni M.

    FYI we have seen open camp sights so if you don't find us no worries we will meet in am

    October 18

  • Jenni M.

    Camp spot 26 last one on the left on 18 road by a Kodiak camper with solar. I will be there in a minute but that is all I know. Will update if cell service is available:)

    October 18

  • Chris

    Is there any plan for meeting once we get there?

    October 17

    • Jenni M.

      We won't get in until late at 18 road. We can group together in the am or tonight if everyone is still awake and talk about what we want to ride?

      October 18

    • Jenni M.

      Also I will message you all as soon as I hear from friend who's down there on where we are camping!

      October 18

  • Chris

    Does any one want to carpool down there tomorrow?

    October 17

    • Frank

      Chris . if you can leave SLC around 2 pm tomorrow and return to SLC on Monday afternoon / evening then you are welcome to ride with Jennifer and I.

      October 17

    • Chris

      I can leave that early but have to work Monday.

      October 17

  • Frank

    Jennifer and I will be leaving SLC around 2 pm tomorrow and returning Monday afternoon/evening. I will be taking my camper and have room for 1 bike and 1 passenger if anyone is interested.

    October 17

  • Jenni M.

    Sounds like I'm leaving tomorrow evening! Super excited to check Fruita out! My phone number is [masked]. Please keep in touch with me so I can know where everyone is at! See you on road 18!

    October 17

  • Chris

    Is anyone interested in a Kannah Creek ride? 8 miles 3800 vert ft up to Grand Mesa.

    October 15

    • Jenni M.

      Sounds like a haul. I'll have to see what I plan on riding when we are all together.

      October 15

    • Frank

      I would like to give it a try.

      October 17

  • Chris

    I want to carpool. I'm not sure what day I'm leaving yet, but I can carry up to 4 bikes (if the are hard tail or have top tube adaptors).

    October 15

    • Jenni M.

      Let me know what day, I'll probably take you up
      On the carpool offer.

      October 15

    • Chris

      I can't leave until Friday afternoon. We're a bit short staffed at work, so I have to still work half a day (until about 1). I'm going to bring a trail bike headlight so I can do a late ride.

      October 16

  • Roger A.

    My friend, Michael, and I are still planning to attend. We are driving down Friday after work.

    1 · October 15

    • Jenni M.

      I have a ride now but thanks Roger! Are you guys camping with us? Here's my number for contact: [masked]

      October 16

    • Roger A.

      We are planning to camp with you. My number [masked]

      October 16

  • Jenni M.

    I am still planning on going, have 2 friends not on this event going, Mel, Kyle, and 2 other members have said they are going so it's still on! I need to carpool:)

    October 15

    • Jenni M.

      My friend is going to try to save us an area to canp

      October 15

  • Jenni M.

    Chris? Jennifer?

    October 15

  • Jenni M.

    Audrie, Jennifer, Chris?

    October 15

    • Andrei M.

      Looks like I can't swap the kid this weekend... Will have to stay in town... Drat!

      October 15

  • Jenni M.

    The weather is still holding strong for the weekend at 60 with 0% chance of rain. Had a few people cancel today. Who is still planning on going and carpooling?

    October 14

  • Walter L.

    Walter Li

    For those that didn't go to the Redbull Rampage at Virgin, UT you can watch the live feed between 1 and 5pm today @

    http://live.redbull.tv/events/2...­

    October 13

  • Jenni M.

    So far next weekend is looking like great weather! Will keep track of it as we go but keeping my fingers crossed:) Please update your RSVP if your not going. Let's start chatting about carpools as well!

    October 12

  • Peter

    You'll love Fruita, wish I could join, but can't. Anyway, when you are riding 18 Road trails, do not miss Kessel's run, it is an awesome "bobsled run" that is so fun to finish your ride in that area. Just a blast.

    2 · October 3

  • Robert F.

    Might be interested in bike packing some of Koko, and using this as a base. I'm interested in very low key trails.

    1 · October 1

  • Andrei M.

    Ok, does anyone want to carpool? I can drive, but would love to split the gas... :-) My Outback can fit 3 people pretty comfortable with all the gear...

    1 · September 24

    • Kyle

      I want too, but I gotta see what days I maybe going (might want to take Friday off)

      September 26

    • Melanie

      I'd like to as well. :)

      September 27

  • Jenni M.

    Couple of trails my friend has told me about we might have to check out:
    Grand Junction: Ribbon, Holycross(scheduled), butterknife
    Fruita: horse thief, marys, zion curtain(first two are scheduled)

    September 23, 2013

    • Chris

      Pete E Kes is a fun up to Holy Cross and other trails that be great if we have time. Also I'd like to try Western Zippity. It's new than Zipty-Do-Dah and I only got to bike part of it last time I was there.

      September 26

  • Mary E.

    Can't make it. My teenager needs supervision and my back up plan fell through. :(

    September 25

    • Jenni M.

      That sucks:( Bring your teenager!! Get them biking, there are all sorts of trails where we are camping including beginner trails!

      September 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will join you guys Saturday!

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Jenni M.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Kyle

    Seems like a perfect time to smash Fruita and GJ. I'll be riding a bit of everything, hoping to camp at 18 Road.

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Brete

    Holy Cross is badass. Great technical trail -- climbing and descending.

    2 · August 7, 2013

  • Andrei M.

    Tentative yes. It is one of the best places to ride for sure. :-)

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Amber H.

    I just realized that I'm spending the weekend before in moab. Have fun.

    August 2, 2013

  • Mary E.

    Beginners welcome?

    1 · August 1, 2013

    • Jenni M.

      I think there is beginner trails there Mary! But from what I've heard you pretty hard core athlete anyways:). I will know more when I research Fruita a bit more.

      August 1, 2013

    • Mary E.

      Cool. Sounds like a lot of fun. :)

      August 1, 2013

  • Dawn

    Maybe a plus 1 but I am in

    August 1, 2013

  • Amber H.

    Leaving friday a.m. works for me. I know there is a nice state park campground in fruita.

    2 · August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a great time. It is a great place to ride.

    1 · August 1, 2013

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