Top three reasons to go mountain biking in Fruita
The perfect terrain to challenge riders of all abilities
Intense switchbacks and downhills will leave you craving for more
Huge variety of locations with amazing views of the Colorado River
Offering something for every skill level, Fruita is considered by many the premier mountain biking destinations in Colorado. And it is well-worthy of the name. Fruita is famous for slick rock, junipers, ledges and cliffs with beautiful views overlooking thriving fruit orchards. Discover hundreds of miles of singletrack with steep climbs, intense downhills and impressive landscapes. Let your guide take you to the world-class singletrack on the Kokopelli Trail or enjoy the day on the trails locally known as Lunch Loops in Grand Junction. Experience a ride through splendid nature on trails that are perfect for families and beginners, or explore a more dynamic terrain that will challenge even the most adventurous riders! Find out more about mountain biking for all skill levels in Fruita from Matt McFee, the founder of Hermosa Tours and MTB Guide.
Grand Junction is less than half an hour away from Fruita
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Full-Day Mountain Biking Tour
Use the day for exploring hundreds of miles of tracks and trails around Fruita and Grand Junction with a professional guide. Rocky ledges, exposed canyon rims, and views of the muddy Colorado River currents are a must for all biking enthusiasts. The Kokopelli Trail offers excellent flow with technical sections interspersed, the Lunch Loops give you an opportunity to try out very technical, loose and rocky trails, while 18 Road Trails intended for the most adventurous ones will boast the steepest terrain with the most splendid scenery.
Half-Day Mountain Biking Tour
Perfect for families and beginners, this tour takes around two hours and takes you down some of the best short trails in the area, like the Rustler’s Loop or parts of 18 Road Trails – Zippity Loop or Chutes and Ladders. If you are an advanced rider, join your guide on an adrenaline-packed ride through the Kokopelli Trail or Rabbit Valley, serving miles and miles of challenging routes and fascinating geology.
Meet your guide
From the moment meeting our guide to the fantastic bikes that were near perfectly dialled in for us. The views were fantastic the trail totally met our skill level and our guild was so awesome she made me feel totally back at home on a bike after not riding in over five years.
Eric was great. I had never mountain biked before and he took it easy on me, as requested. We took breaks when I need to adn I made the decision when to turn around. He was very knowledgeable about the area, plants, etc., as well as about biking. It was great. And he picked me up at my hotel.
Definitely the best part of our trip! The Boys loved riding the trails with Joanna! She is absolutely amazing, extremely knowledgeable on the trails, and the definition of Bad A$$! Don’t miss the opportunity to see these once in a life time views!
Things to know
Covid measures in Fruita
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Fruita, please visit Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
- Half or full day of mountain biking depending on your itinerary
- Transportation from Colorado Backcountry Biker in Fruita, CO
- Helmet and hydration pack
What’s not included?
- Bikes — can be rented from the guide ($45 for a Half-Day, $60 for a Full-Day)
- Transportation to Fruita
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be able to pedal between two and six hours, depending on the itinerary you choose. Even the easy tours require that riders be fit enough to pedal up some rising terrain. After booking, your guide will determine the group’s skill level and capabilities and cater the day to your specific abilities.
Keep in mind, opting for the full day option means more biking, which is strenuous even if you stay on beginner level trails.
What if I’ve never mountain biked before?
To book this adventure, all riders, regardless of age or height, must be capable of operating hand brakes and shifting gears. A guide will explain the different mountain bike techniques and body positions to get you feeling comfortable on the trail. You will progress at a level that is consistent with your comfort. Once you finally get the hang of trail riding, you will only want more!
What about required equipment?
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Bike tights
- Biking shorts
- A riding jersey or t-shirt
- Windbreaker or light jacket
- Two pairs of breathable socks.
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Water bottle or hydration bladder
- Daypack with snacks
- Biking gloves are optional but recommended
- Bike repair kit
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material.
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 6:1.
- All the tours are private and cost is per person.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to go mountain biking with friends and family.
Mountain biking in Fruita can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Children as young as 10 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. That said, if you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and rough terrain, then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Fruita, CO, most people fly into Denver International Airport that is just over four hours away from Fruita. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service. Another option is flying into Grand Junction Regional Airport, just half an hour away from Fruita.
You will meet your guide at the Colorado Backcountry Biker shop. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on the conditions and ability of the group.