Offering sweeping vistas from the top of the Bookcliffs, this 8-mile trail in Fruita, Colorado, is an intermediate-level ride that combines challenging climbs with flowing singletrack. Whether you opt for a loop or an out-and-back, you'll encounter punchy short climbs, sandy washes, and tight turns, all set against the stunning backdrop of Colorado's natural beauty.
From the 18rd parking lot, head north and take the first road on the left. Continue westward until reaching V 8/10 Road, which you'll recognize due to its sharp, over-90-degree right turn. Head back into the canyon. For loop rides, parking is available near the cattle loading pens, while those doing an out-and-back will find limited parking at the east end trailhead on V 8/10 Road. Do not park on the well pad.
This trail offers the flexibility of a loop or an out-and-back. If you opt for a loop, be prepared for a soul-crushing climb at the west end—a segment best suited for hike-a-bike. Alternatively, the east end provides a more forgiving entry point, and it's highly recommended for those who prefer avoiding the steep ascent. Whichever option you choose, the trail boasts numerous punchy climbs, sandy washes, and intricate rocky terrains.
Riders who braved the steep west end climb found solace in the forested, flowing singletrack that followed. With over 1500 feet of descent from the top, the trail provides ample opportunity for a no-brakes, high-flow experience. Some riders recommend starting from the east end for a more enjoyable ride.
For a balanced experience, consider riding to the lookout point before the steep descent and then flipping it back west to east. This allows you to finish with a long, rewarding descent down Coal Creek Canyon / Edge Loop.
The Bookcliffs trail offers an exciting, intermediate-level mountain biking experience with stunning views and a variety of terrain challenges. Whether ridden as a loop or an out-and-back, the trail packs a punch and keeps the adrenaline high. Highly recommended for riders in the Fruita area looking for a trail that truly offers it all.