Grand Junction is home to hundreds of miles of biking trails, but exploring these trails on a mountain bike in the winter can require more planning. This doesn’t mean you should give up biking until spring, though. Snow and ice make great conditions for a fat tire bike.
A fat tire bike is designed with large, wide tires that are kept at low pressure. Because of this unique design, fat tires can absorb more shock than standard tires, which makes them ideal for extreme terrains.
When you’re ready to hit the trails, remember that it’s important to ride within your skill level. For those who are new to fat tire biking, consider walking a trail first so you can become familiar with it before riding it.
Here are four of our favorite Grand Junction-area trails to explore on your fat tire bike this season.
The Riverfront Trail stretches more than 24 miles along the Colorado River. There’s so much to see along the Riverfront Trail, which is why it’s best to explore this trail at a leisurely pace — you can soak up all of the incredible scenery.
Enter the trail next to the Las Colonias Amphitheater and head west for breathtaking views of the Colorado National Monument’s red rock canyons.
Keep traveling west to see colorful and detailed underpass murals. Local artists created them as part of the aRT (Art on the Riverfront Trail) Project.
The Riverfront Trail is also known as an excellent place for bird watching, so keep your eyes open for hawks, bald eagles, and other birds native to The Western Slope.
Advanced bikers looking for a challenge should explore the Lunch Loops path, which is widely regarded as one of the most iconic biking trails in Grand Junction.
Unexpected turns on the trail will make your ride more challenging but also exciting. Keep your head down and your eyes on the trail to stay safe while you conquer these famous trails. When you stop to catch your breath, take a look around to see unparalleled views of Bangs Canyon.
Land’s End Road is a 12-mile, partially-paved road located on Grand Mesa, which is the largest flattop mountain in the world. The snow-covered terrain on this trail isgreat for fat tire bikers of all skill levels.
Hop off your bike once you reach the Land’s End Observatory at the end of the trail. To the west, you can see the majestic Book Cliffs; in the other direction, look for the San Juan Mountains and Uncompahgre Wilderness. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy these mesmerizing views.
Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s Bike Park consists of multiple downhill and uphill trails for riders of all skill levels. The trails are designed to complement the mountain’s natural terrain, which is why you will need a fat tire bike to travel over the rocky, snow-packed, muddy paths. Each trail features jumps, berms, and other geographic sections that will put your fat tire biking skills to the test.
You won’t have to stick to just one trail during your trip. The resort recently constructed paths that connect the trails, so you can easily explore the entire track system without ever getting off your bike.
Fat tire bikes are expensive, but you don’t need to shell out thousands of dollars to ride one. If you’re just getting started, you may want to rent a fat tire bike from a number of local retailers, including Colorado E Bikes and Bicycle Outfitters. Another option is purchasing a used fat tire bike from Brown Cycles or another local retailer that sells pre-owned bicycles. This way, you can explore the trails on a fat tire bike without breaking the bank.