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    Idea! Are you looking for trail suggestions or area info?

    Maybe this can help alleviate the numerous similar threads, followed by the standard responses. If you do a few minutes of reading and provide us some useful info your questions will likely be a lot more well received than 100 more threads that consist of "hey, I'm coming out.... where should I ride?"

    The Grand Valley (Grand Junction/Fruita/Palisade)

    1. Support a LBS! Plan to stop in one and at least buy a map or a couple gel packets or something. Maybe you wanna try out something you can't find back home, call and see what they rent. Any LBS will probably gladly point you to the same rides we would, heck some of them might offer to let you tag along on their weekly ride. I think pretty much all of the shops are now selling the maps that can easily go in your shorts or a jersey pocket for a couple bucks, they are handy and highly recommended for visitors! Our trails are well marked for the most part but some have lots of intersections and numerous trails to make up a route.

    List of shops by town:
    Grand Junction: Ruby Canyon Cycles, Bicycle Outfitters, Grassroots Cycles, Brown Cycles, The Bike Shop, LTR Sports, Board & Buckle
    Fruita: Colorado Back Country Biker, Over The Edge Sports
    Palisade: Rapid Creek Cycles

    2. Try to look at some trail info. Or at least understand the differences in the systems & locales before posting. It will probably help narrow down your questions a bit. Here's a cheat sheet:
    Lunch Loops - Could also be referred to as Tabeguache (Tab-a-watch). Located in Grand Junction, trailhead is rideable by bike in maybe 10 minutes from downtown! This area is more technical than the other areas overall. Lots of singletrack and tech goodness. Advanced ride highlights include Holy Cross, Free Lunch & Pucker Up, Butterknife, Ribbon, Eagles Wing & Tail, Gunny Loop, etc.... Looking for a more intermediate route at the Lunch Loops? Try Pete-e-kes, High Noon/Coyote Ridge/Ravens Ridge, Ali Ali Loop, Miramonte Rim, Kurts Lane and the Klunker/Holey Bucket Loop.
    Kokopelli Loops - Also referred to as just Kokopelli or Loma. Just west of Fruita at the Loma exit. A little bit of everything out here from mellow XC on Mary's, Steve's or Rustlers Loops to super technical stuff like Moore Fun. Highlight for most people is probably some combination of Mary's, Horsethief Bench, Steve's Loop (combined with others). Want a challenge? Check out Mack Ridge, Lions Loop, Troy Built and Moore Fun (AKA "More Walking")!
    North Fruita Desert - Also referred to as 18 Road or just Fruita. Camping onsite, paid and free overflow area. Lots of flowy singletrack, a few newer trails with jumps, etc but this is where you come to just have fun and ride. Overall the most mellow area. Best choice for newer riders, an acclimation day or to stretch the legs after a long drive. Great for a second ride of the day in the afternoon/evening especially if you make this your base camp. Or ride it all in 1 day! Highlights include Kessel's Run, Joe's Ridge, Zippity Do Da, PBR and MoJoes. Having now finally ridden Sarlacc Trail myself..... I'm adding it to the highlight list. It's above the 18rd area, you can do a long ride from the main trailhead to get up there or just drive up and park at the start (what we did).
    Rabbit Valley - Located about 15-20 minutes west of Fruita, last exit before Utah border. Longer XC rides in general. Highlight is probably Western Rim. But if you're looking to churn out potentially a 40+ mile day somewhere, then just link up Zion Curtain, Overlook trail, Westwater Mesa, Arch Loop etc....
    Palisade - A bit more technical and climby than average. Located on the east side of the valley. Highlight is Palisade Rim. Stagecoach and Kilowatt probably require a little more local info (stop in at Rapid Creek Cycles for info?). Not sure what is kosher to post in public due to issues with accessing the trail without trespassing.
    High Country Rides (Elevations range from 8K - 10K) - There is some good high country riding around, these are great in the summer when it's 100 degrees in the valley. About 45 minutes south of GJ is Turkey Flats/Black Pine on Glade Park. About 1 hour east is the Grand Mesa which includes Mesa Top Trail, Flowing Park and West Bench. I believe in the summer of 2016 there will also be some lift accessible riding at Powderhorn Ski Resort. There is also a bunch of trails about an hour to the south up on the Uncompahgre Plateau like East Unaweep, Little Creek, Corral Fork, Big Creek Scout.

    Here is a bit of a overview map (some locations are a bit off, but you get the idea).
    Are you looking for trail suggestions?-biking-map.jpg

    Trailmaps:
    The best and most current trailmaps are located on the COPMOBA website. These are excellent for planning and you can print them out and put them in your pack. Or buy the shop versions mentioned above (I believe a portion of the sales goes to our local Mountain Bike Advocacy group COPMOBA?).

    How about some virtual scouting? Grand Junction is one of the few areas that got a chance to put some of our trails into Google maps (story)!
    Pete-e-kes
    Eagles Tail


    Also, chances are there are numerous other websites with this information as well. Here are a few I found, although some of these haven't been updated in the last few years.
    Grand Junction and Fruita Mountain Biking -- gjmountainbiking.com
    Grand Junction, Colorado Mountain Bike Trails | Trailforks
    Mountain Bike Fruita

    3. Give us some info to work with. If you still want specific recommendations it helps if you tell us a bit about yourself and give us some info to work with.
    What type of trails do you like to ride? Technical, flowy, jumps/drops & berms?
    How long/far do you want to ride? Are you just looking to get 10 miles in or looking for an all day adventure?
    How many days are you planning to ride? (That way we can recommend multiple areas, specific dates could also help us steer you away from hot/cold/wet conditions in particular areas)
    Tell us about the bike will you be bringing or planning to rent. A rigid SS versus a 6" travel bike makes a bit of a difference.
    Where are you staying and how far are you willing to drive for your ride?

    4. What if it rains?
    First of all, we're in the desert so rain is not a common occurrence at least not enough to rain us out. Grand Junction only averages about 9" of rain PER YEAR. However, our trails are not good when wet, BE PATIENT. Not only will you damage our trails but if you hit our famous bentonite mud, your bike will be completely un-rideable in about 10 feet and you can plan to spend at least an hour getting it clean and working again after you carry it out. Our mud has been known to trash rear derailleurs. Kokopelli & Rabbit Valley are usually rideable the quickest after rain, sometimes within an hour or two. 18rd and Lunch Loops generally need more time to dry out, maybe a day! Please don't rush it, I don't want to be riding & fixing your ruts all summer. Be patient and check with the shops, or see sections #5 or #8 below for alternatives to riding. If we happen to get rained out check Moab, it's 90 minutes away but it might be completely dry.

    If you use Facebook, a great source of trail conditions is the Western Slope Trail Conditions page

    5. Post Ride hangouts - Where to have an adult beverage after your ride (and maybe something to eat)
    Fruita - Hot Tomato, Suds Brothers, Copper Club
    Grand Junction - Edgewater Brewery, Kannah Creek Brewery, Rockslide Brewery
    Palisade - Palisade Brewery, Peach Street Distillery

    6. Camping info:
    Pay Camping
    James M. Robb State Park - Fruita Section - Located right in Fruita (but doesn't feel that way)
    James M. Robb State Park - Island Acres Section - Located just East of Palisade (20-30 minutes from most riding.... other than Palisade)
    Colorado National Monument - Located on top of the Monument (Fruita side), Might be your most scenic camping spot ever.
    KOA Grand Junction - Located southeast of Grand Junction on Orchard Mesa, just past the fairgrounds
    North Fruita Desert - Located literally in the MIDDLE of the mountain bike trails north of Fruita!
    Highline Lake State Park - Northwest of Fruita, has a trail in the park where they do the 18 hours of Fruita Race
    Mud Springs Campground - On Glade park, probably a good 45 minutes from town. Perfect if you are riding Turkey Flats/Black Pine trails.
    Uncompahgre Plateau - There is a few pay campgrounds up there, but it's a long ways from town. Only consider if you plan to ride up there or want something more remote/mountainy.
    Grand Mesa - Numerous pay campgrounds. Probably more than an hour from town. Bring your bug spray.
    Free Camping
    North Fruita Desert - Located southeast of the pay area, look for it on the right as you drive in. NO SHADE. Have to walk to the pit toilets at the trailhead.
    Rabbit Valley - 20 Minutes west of Fruita, has great XC trails near camp! A few pit toilet facilities around.
    Uncompahgre Plateau - Lots of great free camping up there, but about an hour outside of town. Good if you plan to ride up there.
    Glade Park - Some good free camping up there, but a good 45 minutes from town.
    Grand Mesa - At least an hour from town. Bring your bug spray.
    RV Only - Most of the above accept RV's and trailers but also allow tent camping. These are RV Only!
    Junction West RV Park
    RV Ranch - Located in Clifton
    Moon Dance RV Park

    7. Looking for a guide or mutli-day tour?
    Desert Rat Tours
    Colorado Back Country Biker
    Bikerpelli

    8. Other non-biking stuff to do:
    Colorado National Monument - Don't miss. It's like a miniature grand canyon. Make a quick drive through, you won't be disappointed.
    Hiking - Amazing hiking can be found in and around the Colorado National Monument and around the valley
    Downtown Grand Junction - Great downtown with lots of shopping, food, etc..
    Dinosaur Museum in Fruita - Great for kids.
    Children's Nature Center - Right across the street from the dinosaur museum
    Museum of Western CO - Decent way to kill an hour or two
    Get Air at the Silo - New indoor trampoline facility that's fun for adults and kids (a new favorite for our family)
    Bananas Fun Park - Something fun for the kids. Bouncy houses, go carts, arcade games, laser tag, mini golf
    Spin City - Another fun place for kids. Roller skating, laser tag, kids jungle gym.
    Glacier Ice Arena - Public skating, broomball, hockey, etc... Might be closed for a month or two during summer (they did for the first time in 2015)
    Grand Junction Motor Speedway - Race some go carts. FAST go carts! It's a bit pricey, but a blast.
    Allen Unique Autos - Something to consider if you like cars
    Visit the wineries - Visit and do a tour of multiple wineries!
    Visit Gateway - Visit the auto museum (which is top notch), race a trophy truck or rent a luxury car, even some mountain biking there. Approx. 3 hour round trip?

    9. Misc.
    Please respect our trails. Read this link, it's a good reminder for everyone.
    It's hot here in the summer months. Drink LOTS of water, bring more than you think you need on your ride. Use and reapply sunscreen throughout the day. A good strategy is an early morning ride, rest up through the afternoon and find some AC, then do an evening ride if you want more miles.
    Our elevation is about 4,600ft. Take it easy your first day and let your body acclimate a bit if you're coming up from sea-level. DRINK LOTS OF WATER.
    Directional trails - We do have some directional trails now (mostly just at 18rd..... Kessel's, Prime Cut, PBR, Joe's/MoJoes, Zippity). Pay attention to signs.
    Try out different trail systems and see what they have to offer. We have a big variety and they all have different views.
    Don't forget to HAVE FUN!

    Edit: Updated 7/29/2015
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    Thanks Cobi, this is something we've needed for a while now. Nice work.

    Some Durango info:
    Trails 2000 has a great interactive map for a great number of the trails in town as well as a few in the high country. They've also got the contact info for most of the bike shop/outdoor sport shops in town.

    If you're planning a trip to our neck of the woods please use the following guidlines:
    1) Don't worry about what tires will work best. Durango has many, many, miles of pretty buffed singletrack. During your visit you're likely to see everything from big hit DH bikes to single speed cross bikes.
    2) Don't worry about which bike to bring if you've got more than one. See the above advice and bring you favorite ride. You could have fun here on just about anything with wheels.
    3) If you're planning on renting, see the trails 2000 link above. Call MBS or Second Ave or P2P. They've all got a large inventory of high quality bikes.
    4) If you aren't keen on striking out on your own for an adventure and want a guide or simply need info on possible shuttle opportunities see Hermosa Tours. Hermosa is a top notch guide company which is owned and operated locally.
    5) RELAX. Durango has a heavy beach town vibe. You aren't going to find too many folks around here who are in too big of a hurry. Go with the flow and enjoy what we have to offer.

    I'm sure I've left a bunch out. Over time some of the other Dgo folks will fill in the gaps.
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    Use this for ideas

    Perhaps these links can give you folks some ideas if you want folks to ride in your area, and how to present it over the internet.

    Trail names, profiles, ratings, links to other trails, GPS routes, etc, etc, theres all the information you need to ride something that fits your wants and needs.

    http://venturacountytrails.org/




    Here's another website with all kinds of rides, or tracks, that you can uploading the route into your Garmins GPS and use it as a guidance system, by using the upload you put on your Garmin Edge for navigating... 5 free uploads per month.


    http://www.geoladders.com/routes.php


    The county's here in So CAL are kind of big, cover a lot of areas.

    Just some ideas, so that people can find the information themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyBoy
    Perhaps these links can give you folks some ideas if you want folks to ride in your area, and how to present it over the internet.
    That wasn't really the original point of this thread, but I have gone back and added a bunch more info. Mostly because we still get a lot of the same questions.

    Mainly we figured we could provide some information so we wouldn't have the same threads and conversations over and over. We already provided some great links for people to find there own information..... we're just asking people to take 5 minutes to look before posting. It's not that the information isn't already out there.... some people just don't want to do anything on their own. They'd rather just have people tell them where to ride despite not providing any information that would actually help us determine what we should suggest.
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    Crested Butte Info

    I put together a rather large list of trails in the CB area on my website here. Lots of trip reports and helmetcam stuff as well.

    401 usually isn't open until the 4th of July. Trail conditions are updated fairly often in the spring at the Crested Butte MTB Hall of Fame website. Speaking of which, the MTB HOF is worth visiting to see some history of our sport.

    More excellent trail info can be found here as well

    Weather

    Bike shops include Big Al's, Go Big, The Alpineer, and my personal favorite, CB Sports up at the ski area. All of them will treat you right.

    Great camping is available out any of the forest service roads. Sites up Slate river are probably the closest ones to town.

    Almost every restaurant in town is good to excellent. The Secret Stash has the best pizza, but you'll wait for it. Donita's is decent mexican, but the specials are usually superb and much better than anything on the regular menu. The Brick Oven has the best deck and beer selection.

    Hopefully that covers the basics. PM me if I need to add anything...

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    Cobi you are so right about people doing some of their own research. Great thread.
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    Which way is the best way to take horsetheif

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    Quote Originally Posted by CR Race
    Which way is the best way to take horsetheif
    It used to have a sign saying bikes go left , hikers go right. But I don't remember seeing it earlier this season. Not sure if the BLM removed it or someone stole it? I still go clockwise out of habit, but I did pass a few bikers coming the other way last time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobi
    It used to have a sign saying bikes go left , hikers go right. But I don't remember seeing it earlier this season. Not sure if the BLM removed it or someone stole it? I still go clockwise out of habit, but I did pass a few bikers coming the other way last time.
    I've ridden it both ways, but I still think Clockwise is the best, especially when busy.

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    Oops, wrong thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cobi
    Also, chances are there are numerous other websites with this information as well. For example, GJ/Fruita info can be found on many websites. Here are a few I like.
    http://www.gjmountainbiking.com/
    A little off-topic, but whatever happened to the guys that put together gjmountainbiking.com? I've ridden all over the place, but still reference the website for information. It would be cool if they or someone continued the good work done on the site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drlg
    A little off-topic, but whatever happened to the guys that put together gjmountainbiking.com? I've ridden all over the place, but still reference the website for information. It would be cool if they or someone continued the good work done on the site.
    I think one of the guys that runs it still lurks around on here (gjmtb) but hasn't posted since 2009. If it's anything like the websites I've run/updated over multiple years..... after a while you just start to lose the desire.

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    v2.O is a work in progress. We are committed to revitalizing it with updated and new information. Release date should still be in 2011
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    Suggestions please

    I will be in town June 10th through 12th. I am a fast Cat 1 racer from Santa Fe bringing my Turner Sultan.
    Anybody want to ride? Any group rides this weekend? I like to go long and at a decent pace. if not, trail suggstions would be much appreciated....preferably mostly single track.

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    Are there any good sites out there with gpx files for the Durango or CB area. Have been trying to search for them but mtbr won't search 3 letter words and I have poured thru a ton of threads but jut haven't found anything good.

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    Looking forward to visiting Colorado In September. Hoping it's not too cold. Currently researching rides in the CB, GJ & Fruita area before heading further east into UT then south to AZ. First time in the area from Australia, can't wait to see the mountainous territory over there.

    Now ... back to the research.

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    Looks like there is a time limit for editing posts, so I had to quote myself. Mainly wanted to update, as one of the shops I originally mentioned is out of business, etc.



    Quote Originally Posted by cbmtbr View Post
    I put together a rather large list of trails in the CB area on my website here. Lots of trip reports and helmetcam stuff as well. Same list, but in alphabetical order HERE.

    401 usually isn't open until the 4th of July. Trail conditions are updated fairly often in the spring at the Crested Butte MTB Hall of Fame website. Speaking of which, the MTB HOF is worth visiting to see some history of our sport.

    More excellent trail info can be found here as well

    Weather

    Bike shops include Big Al's, The Alpineer, and my personal favorite, CB Sports, up at the ski area. All of them will treat you right.

    Great camping is available out any of the forest service roads. Sites up Slate river are probably the closest ones to town.

    Almost every restaurant in town is good to excellent. The Secret Stash has the best pizza, but you'll wait for it. Donita's is decent mexican, but the specials are usually superb and much better than anything on the regular menu. The Brick Oven has the best deck and beer selection. Ryce has been a new favorite for asian food.

    Hopefully that covers the basics. PM me if I need to add anything...

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    Okay, I'm planning a trip for spring break. I was originally going to do 5 days in Moab and 3 days in Fruita/GJ but the Moab motel prices are outrageous due to Jeep week so I was wondering if there was enough to do in Fruita/GJ for 8 days? Also, are there any other cool trails within an hour of GJ that are maybe a little off the beaten path? I did a ride last year in New Mexico at a place called White Mesa that was out there but was really cool and fun.

    I am a pretty strong CC rider and can handle most technical sections (can not do Horsethief Bench entrance though!)

    Any advice would be great!

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    check out COPMOBA

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    Hi guys,

    As my username tells i'm a french biker.
    i'm planning my bike/road trip to Utah/Colorado area to ride the trails with my 575 on September.
    i have not yet found the trails i'll ride but for first i'm wondering if September is the right season to go.
    it's not cold yet ? not too much rain and about trails conditions ?

    Thanks for your help, think i'll have other questions later.

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    September can be one of the best months. Early September can be warm in GJ and Moab, but you can get snowed on in the high country at the same time. But all in all, definitely a good time to visit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slope folk View Post
    September can be one of the best months. Early September can be warm in GJ and Moab, but you can get snowed on in the high country at the same time. But all in all, definitely a good time to visit!
    What he said ^^^

    September is *generally* primo. I'd recommend hitting Durango and other mountain destinations as SOON as you get here. Head to Fruita/GJ/Moab *later* in the trip.

    Oh - and don't blame us if we get 3 feet of snow in the mountains on Sep 5th.

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    ok, I'll take my boots and snowboard too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frenchi rider View Post
    ok, I'll take my boots and snowboard too
    Not a bad idea... Silverton Mountain is not too far away from Durango.

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    I plan to go from Las Vegas To Denver, is that the right way to go or should i do the opposite way ?

    Is Denver area interesting for biking and visiting ? Colorado Springs ?

    I thought about have look at Yeti office in Boulder, is that possible ?

    Don't know exactly how long to stay in Moab area to ride and visit parks, 3/4/5 days ???

    thanks for helping guys

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