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    Can I get a quick update on Fruita/GJ conditions and if anyone has been to Moab in the last week?

    Annual trip beginning starting the week of the 17th so we will be riding all the goods. 18rd, Ribbon, koko loops and then Porc as high as possible and probably Mag 7. Ahab again if we get a wild hair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailbrain View Post
    Can I get a quick update on Fruita/GJ conditions and if anyone has been to Moab in the last week?

    Annual trip beginning starting the week of the 17th so we will be riding all the goods. 18rd, Ribbon, koko loops and then Porc as high as possible and probably Mag 7. Ahab again if we get a wild hair.
    Fruita and GJ are dry as a bone. Some rain forecasted this weekend.

    Moab shuttles are going as high as Kokopelli on the TWE route. Some folks have been self-shuttling as high as the top of Hazard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post
    Fruita and GJ are dry as a bone. Some rain forecasted this weekend.

    Moab shuttles are going as high as Kokopelli on the TWE route. Some folks have been self-shuttling as high as the top of Hazard.
    Thanks for that update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailbrain View Post
    Thanks for that update.
    Please someone post up what kinda weather you guys are receiving today… thinking about making the trip over to ride RV monday/tuesday
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    Sunday at 9am and it's raining. Rained most of night from the looks of it and most of the day. Rabbit Valley dries pretty quickly, but is a no go today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetdoctor View Post
    Please someone post up what kinda weather you guys are receiving today… thinking about making the trip over to ride RV monday/tuesday
    Rabbit Valley should be primo awesome by monday/tuesday

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    Looked like some pretty impressive flash flooding around Moab. That stuff is pretty cool to watch - from a safe place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    Looked like some pretty impressive flash flooding around Moab. That stuff is pretty cool to watch - from a safe place.
    Care to elaborate? I'm going to be out there next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailbrain View Post
    Care to elaborate? I'm going to be out there next week.
    https://www.facebook.com/ArchesNationalPark?fref=photo


    Probably wont be an issue next week unless there are some road or trail washouts at arroyo crossings.

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    my wife and I will be in GJ on Saturday looking to ride. are the Lunch Loops good right now? we've never been to GJ to ride, so we're looking for the good stuff. we've been to Fruita already, so this trip will be GJ. just want to make sure we don't drive out there and the trails are closed because of rain or something...

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    You guy's should be fine. We've had typical hot summer day's with afternoon thunder/rain. The rain has been spotty and I'd welcome the traction (trails are dry and any moisture quickly disappears).

    Best to get out early and bring extra H2O.

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    cool. which loop has the best views? or which is a must-do? not looking for the freeride trail, but the others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayson44 View Post
    cool. which loop has the best views? or which is a must-do? not looking for the freeride trail, but the others.

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    Gunny loop is excellent, about a 3 hour ride. Butterknife is also a pretty fun three hour ride.

    Otherwise, you can just ride around and explore and make your own loop and have a blast.

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    Westwater area

    I was planning on going to the Westwater mesa area to camp and ride early this week (Sept 30-Oct 2). Although I have camped at the westwater area many times I've never been out there when it was wet and it sounds like there has been some serious rain in the area. It seems mostly sandy but judging by some of the ruts I've seen in the dirt roads I'm wondering if there is some gumbo mixed in there.

    Any need for a significant delay or find another spot?

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    it *should* be dry out there by the time you get there. it has some bentonite and can get peanut buttery and crappy. we've had a bunch of rain in the last two days. it's tapering off and it should be really nice out there by wednesday.

    be careful. it is monday 29 sep as i type this. yesterday, 28 sep, out in rabbit valley, someone tried to cross a streambed in their jeep, the water was a bit high, the jeep slid and tipped and a lady died.

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    Any recent tire on dirt reports for Fruita/Loma?
    Withing the last day or so?
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    Just got off 18rd. trails are in perfect condition with the forecast for 50's for the next few days. rode lunchloops a couple days ago, same thing.
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    I rode at lunch loops today, and it was amazing. Good dirt, not to cold and not to hot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtndude23 View Post
    I rode at lunch loops today, and it was amazing. Good dirt, not to cold and not to hot!
    It's true, I was there yesterday: great conditions, perfect riding. I did Horsetheif the day before and same goes for there. Got to love these 50+ days in Nov./Dec.!

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    Any updates from locals on the conditions in the Fruita/Loma area? Specifically Mary's, Horsethief, more fun, etc. Not sure what the impact of the last couple storms was for this area. In case you're interested, low lying areas and southern exposed front range riding is still OK. Expect a bit of snow in spots but I rode Green Mtn today pretty easily with no fat bike required.

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    Trails here have been great. Watch the weather, if we get rain/snow, it's generally a day or two and we're set again (depending on how much we get, sun/wind/clouds)

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    I've been out at the Lunch Loop's and in Fruita the last 2 day's since we got a little snow/rain mix. The trails are in great shape and the dirt is PERFECT.

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    What's the word this week? Heading out for Christmas with my GFs fam and deciding on which bike to bring (road/dirt/cx and/or backcountry skis).

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    Are you guys off the dirt these days? I can't imagine that there's riding in GJ about now but I can hope.
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    You can still ride in the morning before it warms up, if you don'y mind riding in thee cold. Some trails have a bit more snow then others.

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    Considering this and next week's temperatures with - possibly - no snow in the forecast, does one think the trails in Fruita would be GTG with <20% snowpack. Not sure how much precipitation has been collecting on the trails there.

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    There is a Facebook group called Colorado Western Slope Trail Conditions where there are frequent trail condition updates. Latest posts today show that some Loma trails, like Rustler's and Wrangler's are already close to GTG at any time of the day. The total snowpack was only a few inches so your chances are good even for this weekend. However some of the shadier north facing trails like Mack Ridge or Holy Cross will be iffy.

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    Huh? What about now?
    What if I was a mountain town clown that wants less snow, more singletrack.
    How's Loma these days?
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    Get it before thaws and it's been great. Not much snow left but got muddy earlier today (9:30) at 18rd (rode Lunch Loops and Koko's this weekend early). Not warm enough to dry the trails out, and there still holding moisture after they thaw in the morning (muddy).

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    Hey Thanks H20 Bar.
    I appreciate the info.
    WIll check back for updates. The sooner I can get back on dirt, the less therapy or drugs I'll need.
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    Rode mary's and horsetheif yesterday. They are in great shape. The dirt is nice and tacky. Another rider I talked to, said steves was in good shape as well.

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    anyone know if rd 18 trails will be good for this weekend?

    saw some photos on the conditions Facebook page, looks as if people been riding out there

    thanks!

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    Has anyone ridden free lunch/holy cross recently? From what i remember, they tend to hold onto snow a little more than some of the other trails at lunch loops. Any thoughts on Moore fun? I'll be heading that way from Golden on saturday morning to squeeze in a few rides!

    Edit: Moore fun is in great shape, a thin layer of packed snow in a few spots on the climb heading west to east, not enough to alter the ride.
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    Free lunch/holy cross were in perfect shape, as were the climbs back to the little park trailhead. I managed to get 2 loops in before heading over to 18 road to ride zippity with my sister. Frontline probably needs a few more days to dry out or needs to be ridden while frozen, quite a bit of mud and people riding off trail. Zippity is mostly in great shape with wet spots on the last short climb or two.
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    Conditions are awesome and at Lunch Loops and Kokopelli and people still feel the need to go "test out" 18rd and rut it up. Give people and inch and they take a mile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by omoore61 View Post
    Frontline probably needs a few more days to dry out or needs to be ridden while frozen, quite a bit of mud and people riding off trail. Zippity is mostly in great shape with wet spots on the last short climb or two.
    if it muddy, that's a good time to turn around, riding 18 rd now will make it suck when its dry. There is 200+ miles of dry killer trails in the valley. 18 rd/Bookcliffs is still a no go.
    I've been inside too long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KgB View Post
    if it muddy, that's a good time to turn around, riding 18 rd now will make it suck when its dry. There is 200+ miles of dry killer trails in the valley. 18 rd/Bookcliffs is still a no go.
    For clarity: The mud on frontline was on the last hill before zippity and in the trees. Given the abundance of good dirt elsewhere, a reasonable assumption would be that the rest of zippity(95% in the sun) would be good to go as well. It was. Still, i would agree that the area has much better riding with trails in better conditions at present.

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    I was thinking about heading up to Fruita next Sunday. How much rain did you get? Will the trails be dry by then? Thanks

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    I think you'll be fine by next weekend, it looks like it should be nice all week for them to dry out.

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    looks like highs near 60 in GJ and fruita by this weekend...I'm planning on getting some dirt under the tires, the snowpack right now in the elks pretty much sucks.

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    Oh man...
    Wow. Oh man....
    Fumbling around on preseason too pale legs and anemic lungs was just fine Tues/Wed this week.
    All trails are Loma are worth tire time.
    Go ride. It was like Velcro. Lots of traction, not many people.
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    I was thinking about heading to Fruita for the first time this weekend...will the conditions be ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammy56 View Post
    ...will the conditions be ok?
    No...they'll be awesome!

    It is already quite busy though.
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    thanks Noah...too much snow in the Denver/Front Range and Im dying to ride. PLus Ive been wanting to get down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammy56 View Post
    thanks Noah...too much snow in the Denver/Front Range and Im dying to ride. PLus Ive been wanting to get down there.
    I'd keep a close eye on the weather, it looks like cooler weather this coming weekend with possible snow/rain friday night/saturday for the grand valley. If you want to avoid crowds sidewinder trail and a lot of montrose trails down lower were dry this last weekend.

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    Rode Kokopelli's this morning. Great conditions and it's so dry that the sand is even getting deep.

    I'm not sure about how much moisture we'll get this weekend but I'd guess that conditions South of the I-70 will still be OK unless we get a ton of rain.
    Unreal February riding.

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    Rain and snow this weekend

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    it's saturday and partly sunny, dry, awesome. for now.

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    looks snowy there today! Apparently up near Montrose they got 15 inches...pretty big storm.

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    Yup, we've got some accumulation in GJ and it's still coming down, sounds like they are expecting 1-2" here. Trails are gonna need some time to dry out. But we NEED the moisture so I'll happily give up some riding days. Stuff was already getting sandy in Feb, not good.

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    I've found a few web cams of GJ that indicate recent weather.
    Does anyone have anything more Loma related that I should be viewing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Chicken Bones View Post
    I've found a few web cams of GJ that indicate recent weather.
    Does anyone have anything more Loma related that I should be viewing?
    totally agreed. Looking forward to getting some dirt time hopefully later in March. For now winter is back and the skiing is good again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Chicken Bones View Post
    I've found a few web cams of GJ that indicate recent weather.
    Does anyone have anything more Loma related that I should be viewing?
    CDOT has a webcam at the Loma exit on I-70. It's somewhere in here:

    Road Conditions, Speeds, Travel Times, Traffic Cameras, Live Streaming Traffic Cameras, Road Closures and Road Work Information provided by Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) a branch of Colorado Department of Transportation

    However, this won't tell you what the conditions on, say, Horsethief/Mary's/Rustlers are. There are two FB groups that may help:

    1) Colorado Western Slope Trail Conditions has decent chatter whenever it's not dry here.
    2) Fruita Mountain Biking (maybe run by OTE?) also gives updates particularly when it is wet.

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    When will them slackers get around to making me a web cam of Horsethief? And an App. And a tattoo template so i can tell the world that I like Loma?

    But, thanks. That i-70 cam is actually dang good for that region.
    the Utah State line cam is pretty perfect.
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    The two Facebook pages David mentioned are my go to source of condition info (even as a local). They seem to be updated pretty regularly when we have weather.

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    Pretty nice out, just a little on the cool side. Perfect amount of moisture at Lunch Loop.

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    REALLY!!!!?
    Steven- Are you messing w/ me?
    I'm off Wed-Sat and if I could steal time for Fruita, I'm there.
    As the weather changes in the next few days, please keep posting. It might be worth the trip (typed as the snow continues to fall here).
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenfallover View Post
    Pretty nice out, just a little on the cool side. Perfect amount of moisture at Lunch Loop.
    Looks like mid 50s by this weekend. Think Lunch loops or kokopelli will be good to go by this weekend?

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    Should be good to go by then, doesn't look like we should be getting any more rain this week.

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    I would think the riding will be good as per BDKeg comment by Friday or Sat if the rain is done with. It has been a dry winter so the desert is thirsty.

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    Coming from the Front Range and looking to do Edge Loop on Saturday and Kokopelli loops on Sunday. Does it look like these will both be rideable on those days? I can push each trail back a day if it means the riding will be better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poonamibaxter View Post
    Coming from the Front Range and looking to do Edge Loop on Saturday and Kokopelli loops on Sunday. Does it look like these will both be rideable on those days? I can push each trail back a day if it means the riding will be better.
    I'd bet dollars to donuts that the Edge Loop won't be anywhere near ready. The upper reaches of that ride are over 7K feet high.

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    I'm also hoping to pedal Loma/Lunch and such Fri/Sat.
    Info that'll help me not drive if it's bad would be great.
    (No way Edge will be ready.... Says me-the out of towner)
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    Can anyone recommend two rides that will be dry this weekend? I am looking for something long like 18-30 miles and something a little shorter. Going to be riding with my buddy who is new to the sport but has a nice bike and is in decent shape. I want to hurt him but I don't want him to get hurt so nothing too techy. He lives in junction and is my crash pad so I want him to ride stuff that is going to leave him wanting moore.
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    You can ride GJ Lunch Loops for 20miles no problem. Do gunny loop and then everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poonamibaxter View Post
    Can anyone recommend two rides that will be dry this weekend? I am looking for something long like 18-30 miles and something a little shorter. Going to be riding with my buddy who is new to the sport but has a nice bike and is in decent shape. I want to hurt him but I don't want him to get hurt so nothing too techy. He lives in junction and is my crash pad so I want him to ride stuff that is going to leave him wanting moore.
    I wouldn't recommend LL's in this case. He may be doing a bunch of walking and probably won't have a great time if he really is a beginner. If he's truly a beginner 18rd or Kokopelli is a better choice IMO.

    However IF you do go to lunch loops, do a shorter loop like Pete-e-kes, high noon, raven ridge, Ali-Ali-loop, Miramonte Rim and even maybe Clunker and Holey Bucket, then back up to finish with Kurt's Lane down. Not too much danger there. I wouldn't take beginners on much else up there (including Gunny). 10-15 miles at LL usually feels like 20+ at other areas.......

    Not sure how everything is drying out after our snow on Tuesday, but I think most everything should be good by Sat.

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    as of Friday the 6th of March 2015 - everything is dry and awesome.

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    Kokopelli today was dry and beautiful. I really enjoyed the ride, these temps are hard to beat
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    Rabbit Valley was so nice on Thursday afternoon. Not a soul around, and sunny and comfortable.

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    Hows everything lookin out west?

    Looking to ride the 18rd/Kokopelli areas this weekend...

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    Everything is open and dry. We got a bit of rain last night but I'm sure not enough to affect conditions. I'm planning to ride tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobi View Post
    Everything is open and dry. We got a bit of rain last night but I'm sure not enough to affect conditions. I'm planning to ride tonight.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrniceguy42 View Post
    Thanks!
    Not a drop of water to be found on my ride at Lunch Loops tonight. If they're dry, 18 and koko certainly are. Should be great riding this weekend, low 70's.......

    FYI - Sarlacc and Edge loop at 18rd are under seasonal closure until May 1st but doubt you planned on riding them.

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    Anyone have an idea on how 18rd will be for Sunday? Signed up for the Rumble at 18rd, but checking weather and cams, I am seeing some rain/snow.

    Heading over from Denver, but don't want to make the trip if its going to be a mess..I know it does not take much moisture to turn 18rd into a clay fest!

    Looks like rain is off and on for the weekend..

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    18 rd is a soupy mess right now. Rained last night and turned to snow this morning. It's raining now in the valley. We bailed and are going to hang out on i70 in the snow for awhile.

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    Race just got postponed to May 2-3 according to Facebook
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    It has been raining here in GJ for the last 2 days. Very hard at times, and never less than a steady drizzle.

    Just out running errands and I could see, through a brief sucker hole, that the snow line is all the way down the Bookcliffs and within ~100' of the valley floor.

    That, and it's supposed to keep raining tonight.

    In short, if you want to ride in the Grand Valley this weekend, bring a road bike, fenders, and your racing cape. Our dirt is mud, and will be til at least Monday.

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    Fact is, those of us who live here are really happy about the rain. .78" on East Orchard Mesa so far. Let er rip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeanMan View Post
    Fact is, those of us who live here are really happy about the rain. .78" on East Orchard Mesa so far. Let er rip.
    May it continue for days and days.

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    Glad your getting some rain at last - i'm even happeir it didnt rain when i visited a few weeks back
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    right now, 20th april, dirt in Fruita/GJ is SPECTACULAR!

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    Looking for some Intel on 18 Road. Heading up there Friday - Sunday and would hate to drive up only to find it to be a soupy mess...

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    Rained this evening. Supposed to be more showers tomorrow. I'd keep a close eye the next 2 days, but generally one day and it's good to go. I wouldn't panic yet. We had record rain a couple weeks ago and people were riding 24 hours later. If you are on Facebook, like the Western Slope Trail Conditions page, they update pretty regularly.

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    Is this weekend going to be ride-able? I've been trying to get out there for three weeks in a row now and the trip keeps getting pushed back due to rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asollie View Post
    Is this weekend going to be ride-able? I've been trying to get out there for three weeks in a row now and the trip keeps getting pushed back due to rain.
    won't rain the whole time, and kokopelli loops may be ride-able, but I wouldn't count on lunch loops or even perhaps 18rd. another Big storm this weekend, that's for sure. Weather models look pretty damn wet through the rest of May.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asollie View Post
    Is this weekend going to be ride-able? I've been trying to get out there for three weeks in a row now and the trip keeps getting pushed back due to rain.
    I'd suggest you pay attention to the weather forecast.

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    Tonight and tomorrow might be some rain, but so far only a 20% chance on Sat. If it rains today and tomorrow the trails will be EVEN BETTER this weekend. I'm not seeing much to be concerned about frankly. Just keep an eye on it. There's a difference between us getting "some" rain and getting significant rain obviously.

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    Kokopelli was great the last two weekends. Can't speak for Lunch Loops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    I'd suggest you pay attention to the weather forecast.
    Wife & I have a trip planned there too, from Fort Collins, weather forecast has been back & forth all week. Going to be a gamble for sure. Was going to ride Mary's Fri, then Moab Sat. There's always chair surfing at Hot Tomato if it rains us out.

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    It's raining. Not looking good for anybody coming in for the weekend.

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    Sitting in eagle right now, they just cancelled the firebird race. How does it look in fruita? Would it be worth the drive?

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    Fruita is awesome right now, sunday, 5 pm.

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    How are the camping spots in the overflow area? Perhaps not a dusty?
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    I would assume with the rain we have gotten that nothing is dusty. I haven't been out to 18rd in a few weeks, but it's been too wet to ride more than a few times recently according to the Facebook page.

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    Camping at a wet 18-Road = Nasty

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    Planning to ride Palisades on Friday. Weather.com and accuweather both show different forcasts. Weather.com showing 60% chance of rain, whereas accuweather show sunny

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    It's been hit and miss the last few weeks. We haven't lost too many full days of riding, but the options have been limited some days to only Kokopelli or Rabbit Valley. If you're already locked into coming out, I'd say just hope for the best and be prepared to settle for riding something other than Palisade Rim if it doesn't dry out. Otherwise keep an eye on the weather and maybe call Rapid Creek Cycles @ (970) 464-9266 before you hit the road and get their expert prediction.

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    With riding in that part of the country... just keep driving south and west until you hit the goods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Camping at a wet 18-Road = Nasty
    We were there today, it was wet and getting wetter.

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