Here in the Grand Valley we’re big fans of cycling. Road bikes, mountain bikes, fat tire bikes − we love them all.
In fact, the hardest part of going for a bike ride is choosing where to go. If you have a bike but are unsure where the best spots are located, below you’ll find some of our all-time favorites.
No matter where you are in the Grand Valley, you’ll never be far from this fantastic trail running 22 miles from Heritage Park in Fruita to Riverbend Park in Palisade. The paved trail is perfect for road bikes or a leisurely, non-technical jaunt on the mountain bike, and its proximity to the area makes it a great option for a quick ride post-work or during lunch. With the trail’s popularity, the weekends will be a bit more crowded, but still a joy to ride.
If your ideal road biking trip includes spectacular views, plenty of lung-busting elevation gain, and smooth pavement, Rim Rock Drive in the Colorado National Monument is the trail for you. Locals suggest starting early, around 7 a.m., to enjoy views of bighorn sheep, deer, and other wildlife as well as an overall peaceful ride.
Rim Rock Drive is 23 miles and you can start from Fruita or Grand Junction. You can even tackle a 33-mile loop that includes time on the Riverfront Trail System.
Fruita is a mountain bikers paradise, and the area has certainly earned stellar reputation. Here are two of the top trails to check out:
Rabbit Valley is nestled in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, an area well known for paleontology, camping, hiking, mountain biking, and off-roading. With an ideal location off of Interstate 70 (I-70), it’s also easy to reach for a day trip or longer stay.
Learn more about mountain biking in Rabbit Valley here.
The best way to experience Palisade’s orchards and vineyards is to jump on a bike and head down along the East Orchard Mesa. One of our favorite routes, found here, from the Visit Palisade site run by the Palisade Chamber of Commerce staff.
Of course you can also road bike along any stretch of pavement that looks appealing. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of roads to explore at your leisure throughout the Grand Valley.