Unveiling the astonishingly rugged terrain of Fruita, Colorado, the Western Rim Trail offers a high-reward ride for those eager to explore desert landscapes without battling the crowds at more popular sites. An ideal pairing with Rabbit Valley #2, the Western Rim Trail provides an exhilarating 20-mile loop that serves as both a journey and a destination.
Taking I-70 to Exit 2 (Rabbit Valley), go south for about a quarter-mile until you reach the designated parking lot. Here, one will start by riding Rabbit Valley #2 to connect to the Western Rim Trail.
Navigate through Rabbit Valley #2, and as you hit the steep descent, look out for a right turn leading down to a bench—that's your entry to Western Rim. Though not a technical giant, the trail provides a solid flow and the occasional spot to test your skills. The highlight? Unbeatable rim riding with a panoramic view of the Colorado River.
This trail earns high praise for its grand views and well-designed flow sections. Cyclists agree that the rim riding experience here is second to none in the area, providing moments of both serenity and adrenaline. Even those who found the trail less challenging were enamored by the expansive vistas. Some recommend that riding Rabbit Valley #2 as a connector enhances the overall experience.
A ride along the Western Rim Trail offers a uniquely scenic experience that brilliantly showcases the desert backdrop of Fruita, Colorado. Though the trail has seen increased traffic over the years, the beauty and thrill remain undiminished. For an intermediate rider looking for solitude and stunning landscapes, this trail is a must-ride. Just remember to be conscious of the environment, and let's keep our trails as breathtaking as the views they offer.