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Singletrack minds: Kokopelli Trails, Fruita, Colorado

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Fruita, Colorado is known for winding, soulful singletrack and year round riding. We hit the  Kokopelli Trail System and found two immediate favorites. You won’t be disappointed.

Jesse Kleinschmidt setting the sun on Horsethief Thief Bench

story and photos by Brandon Mathis

WHO: Anyone who loves to ride. There is something for everyone in the singletrack paradise. The Kokopelli trails have a ledgy character, but Rustler’s Loop is for the whole family.

WHAT: Rustler’s Loop and Horsethief Bench. Stunningly gorgeous singletrack loops that skirt the edge of the Colorado River Canyon. Run, ride or hike this scenic slice of high desert near Colorado National Monument and McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area.

Signs that mountain bikers have passed this way.

WHEN: Sometimes year round riding is possible in this singletrack mecca. Check with local shops.

WHERE: We love The Kokopelli Trail System, 7 miles west of Fruita in Mack, Colorado, right off I-70.

Fruita is known around the world for its winding singletrack.

WHY: There really is something for everyone. Begin with a giddy fun warm up on Rustler’s Loop. There are even signs with tips to help you brush up on mountain biking skills and singletrack technique.

When you’re ready, climb up Mary’s Loop, 1.6 miles, and ramp things up (way up) on Horsethief Bench, dropping into the clockwise loop via the ominous staircase (that some riders do actually ride) and engage a loop of world class singletrack where a buff winding trail with inspiring views blends with daunting technical features.

Shop: Over The Edge Sports. This is the spot. Pick up some classic Fruita University swag, and grab a cup of Joe across the street while you’re at it.

Eat: Hot Tomato Pizza: thin crust Colorado pizza tossed by people who ride and wash down with craft beer. In fact, Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller cut their chops in the mountain biking industry before setting up shop in Fruita. Be sure to check out the photos on the wall.

Check out the Fruita Fat Tire Festival in May.

Need some more?  Check out this fun video on the coveted 18 Road Trails.

 

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