Top Adventures in Fruita

  • Float Ruby-Horsethief Canyons

    To do the entire 26-mile float, put in at the Loma River access, several miles west of Fruita and just a short drive from I-70. From the Loma access there is no other easy access point until 26 miles later, at Westwater in Utah.Once on the water y...

  • Backpack in the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness

    If you're looking to backpack outside of the highly publicized areas of Colorado (aka the Rockies), head out to Western CO for some amazing experiences. Located 4 hours west of Denver along I-70 is the McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area (NC...

    4.2 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike the Rattlesnake Arches Trail in Black Ridge Wilderness

    Put simply, Rattlesnake Arches is home to some of the most beautiful views you'll ever experience in the United States. This portion of the Rattlesnake Arches Trail follows along the upper rim of the canyon and allows you to experience 9 total arc...

    3.2 miles 300 ft gain

  • Camp in Grand Junction

    This is an awesome stretch of BLM land about five miles from the city with views of the Book Cliffs. Whether you have off-road toys, such as mountain bikes or ATVs, or if you just want a relaxing evening or weekend away, you'll find what you're lo...

  • Running Ute Canyon in Colorado National Monument

    Ute Canyon Trail is a mostly undeveloped 4.3 mile trail (8.6 round trip) in Colorado National Monument that offers technical descents, route finding, water crossings, and gorgeous red rock walls. The trailhead is just a few miles off I-70 from the...

    8.6 miles

  • Photograph Colorado National Monument

    Driving through Colorado National Monument was very easy and gorgeous. Very scenic drive with many lookouts to stop at. Every lookout has a spot to park and you can just jump out and photograph the book cliffs and canyons. I stopped at almost all ...

  • Mountain Bike the Book Cliffs

    Fruita is Colorado's mountain biking paradise. Right across the border from world-famous Moab, it's only slightly lesser known. People on the Front Range make monthly pilgrimages to this epic spot for desert camping and mountain biking. The area i...

  • Hike the Trail Through Time Paleontological Trail

    The trail is adjacent to an active dinosaur quarry, and while there were no scientists at work while we were there, apparently you can see paleontologists at work in the spring and summer.Take the interpretive trail up towards the small mesa and c...

    1.5 miles

  • Mountain Bike in the Rabbit Valley Area

    This area is one of my favorites. Rabbit Valley is a great place with all kinds of activities available. Mainly we mountain bike here, but we have hiked and explored the canyons as well. There are traces of Native Americans that lived in the area ...

    13 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Hike Mt. Garfield in Palisade

    This hike is approx. 4 miles long and takes between 2.5-4 hours to complete depending on pace and stoppage time. This hike begins at the parking lot located at the base of the trail. Directions to Parking Lot:  - Start at the Grand Junction Visito...

    4 miles 1940 ft gain

  • Backpack along the Gunnison River in the Dominguez-Escalante NCA

    If you're looking to take your first backpacking adventure, but want something that is manageable yet thrilling, this is what you're looking for. Located along the Gunnison River in Western Colorado, the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation a...

    3.4 miles

  • Explore the Ghost Town of Cisco

    On our way to Moab from Colorado we choose to take the scenic route when some friends told us about this little Ghost Town. I kept the family in the car as I explored around and took photos, as this place had a super creepy vibe. I kept getting th...

  • Inspire Your Fall Aspen Trip!

    Autumn days in Aspen are filled with sunshine and nights with crisp cool air. Watch the mountains and valleys turn gold with the changing Aspen trees. Take in the scenery while enjoying scenic drives, hiking through forests, road biking, and exploring our IMBA Gold Level Ride Center recognized mountain bike trails. 




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