While not usually the first trail to come to mind when one thinks of Fruita's Grand Valley, the Rim Trail is an often overlooked biking route deserving of more attention. This intermediate-level trail offers a variety of terrains and difficulties—from sandy stretches to rocky drops—and a scenic overlook of the Colorado River.
The ride begins as you head east across a cattle guard, then make a right to get on RV Trail #4. From there, continue toward the ridge and eventually descend to a bench. At this point, look for Trail #8 to veer off on the left.It's a trail that challenges with its ups and downs, including:
Riders should be prepared for a moderately challenging experience and have the skills to navigate both the climbs and the drops. It's advisable to take it in a clockwise direction.
Take I-70 west from Fruita and drive for approximately 15 miles. Exit at Rabbit Valley and continue driving south for about half a mile. Turn left and park at the designated kiosk.
The Rim Trail offers an invigorating blend of physical challenges and captivating scenery. Though not the flagship ride of Fruita, it carries its own unique appeal, particularly for those looking for moderate thrills coupled with a tranquil ambiance. The scenery elevates this trail from merely a technical ride to a destination in itself.So, if you're the kind who enjoys a mixed bag of terrains with added peace and seclusion, then it's time to consider the Rim Trail for your next biking adventure. It may not be the most glamorous trail, but it definitely has its own unique flavor that makes it worth the visit.