If you’re searching for a trail system that embodies the very soul of mountain biking, look no further than Kokopelli’s Area Trails in Fruita, Colorado. This network is an intricate web of heart-throbbing routes that spellbind with their beauty and exhilarate with their challenges. The collection offers a blend of flowing singletracks, challenging technical terrains, and dazzling views of the Colorado River, making it a world-class mecca for mountain biking.
Embarking on this journey is like opening a Pandora's box of delights and difficulties. Routes vary from the pleasantly straightforward to the sweat-inducing complex, making sure there's a ride for every kind of mountain biker. Unlike some trails where the direction is prescribed, most routes here are two-way. However, take note that trails like "Horsethief Bench" and "Rustlers" are exceptions to this rule.Starting from the scenic outlooks, "Moore Fun" and "Mary’s Loop" offer breathtaking views but come with their own set of technical demands. On the other hand, "Steve’s Loop" and "Horsethief Bench" offer a buffet of terrains, from flowy singletracks peppered with technical challenges to engaging climbs and descents. “Moore Fun” in particular is not for the faint of heart; its technical sections are not only challenging but require a high level of skill to navigate.
From Fruita, one needs to drive west on I-70 and take exit 15. A quick maneuver south over the road and then a right and left will bring you to the TH parking area. Signs are abundant to guide you. The Lions TH parking area is approximately 3.5 miles west on the frontage road, passing the MAIN TH parking area and restrooms.
If the online reviews are anything to go by, the Kokopelli's Area Trails have something for every rider. While the trails can be intimidating for beginners, there's plenty for the intermediate and advanced riders to explore. It's a biking paradise where the community "gets" mountain biking. Pack in the hydration and snacks; with 40 miles to conquer, you're in for an epic ride.So, whether you're into capturing spectacular vistas with your GoPro or looking for that adrenaline-pumping descent, Kokopelli’s Area Trails deliver. If you haven't already made plans to visit, now might be the time. See you on the trails!