Edge Loop Ride

Edge Loop Ride, Fruita: Tickets, Tours, Address, Edge Loop Ride Reviews: 4.5/5

Edge Loop Ride
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A serpentine mountain bike trail, stretching more than 28 miles, loops through Colorado's dramatic Book Cliffs.
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leo j
Littleton, CO242 contributions
Drove it in an Auto but talked to bikers who enjoyed the ride.
Oct 2019
The ride provides a great view of the Monument's canyons. There are obviously some uphill to start the ride but it is fairly smooth after you are on top. Plenty of space for bike riders.
Written October 6, 2019
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM619 contributions
Know what you're in for here!
Nov 2018 • Friends
Technically, the Edge Loop is the mega epic loop that starts on the forest floor, climbs to the top of the Book Cliffs and eventually loops back around to the desert floor. It is long and much of it isolated in remote, unforgiving terrain with no water. This is not a ride most casual riders should consider.

If referring to the general area at the bottom of the loop (aka, North Fruita Desert or 18 Road), then there are reasonable options for all.
Written November 20, 2018
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Joseph D
Minneapolis, MN16 contributions
Epic Mountain Biking (probably not for beginners)
Apr 2016 • Friends
My buddy and I went mountain biking on 18 Road in April. As opposed to options near Denver, Fruita had no snow and ideal conditions for mountain biking. This was my first time on clipless pedals - I would not recommend this! We were operating on a time budget and I thought I could figure it out (I did, eventually, but not before several falls).

The trails themselves are awesome. They are well-marked and delineated by difficulty at the trail head, just like ski slopes. The camping was good too, although if you expect to camp near the bike trails plan to arrive early! Even on a Thursday night, campsites were full by the time we arrived around 10:00 pm. There is dispersed camping in the area, but we didn't realize this until the next day!

As far as routes, Joe's Ridge was my favorite. As a beginner, it was a good combination of difficult but not overly technical. It's hot and dusty - bring sunglasses, sun screen, and plenty of water. I would not bring dogs on a hot day. There were some folks with dogs and the poor things looked like they were all struggling to stay cool even in April.
Written April 20, 2016
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BARLEYthedog
77 contributions
Truly epic
Jul 2014 • Friends
We did this ride in 2000 something, and have done it multiple times since. I thought we should have a t-shirt made that says, "Road 18: if you haven't done it, you don't get it. A grind up the hill ... 9 miles? If I remember right. A wonderful ride that suddenly comes to a cleat in the rock, and an invitation to rapel yourself and bikes down a cliff to continue the ride. (No, nothing extreme ... We are talking a 15-30 foot drop. All safe and incredibly cool and fun to think of rapeling on a my bike ride!)
Written June 29, 2015
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Soprisorbust
Colorado4,218 contributions
18 Road Camping and Biking
Mar 2012 • Couples
The area is better referred to as 18 Road than just the Edge Loop Ride. There are several trails for a variety of rider levels. The area is about 9 miles from downtown Fruita with the last 7 or so on gravel road.

The area has 30+ campgrounds with fire rings, picnic table and vault toilets and many more undeveloped camping opportunities. In the summer of 2012 the BLM will start charging a fee for developed camp sites. No water is available. The vegetation is mostly pinion pine and there is limited shade during summer. Most people ride early or late in day.

The rides are along the base of the BookCliffs (mountain) and are up and down with rocks along the trail. I have not done every trail but enjoyed the variety. These rides are not as scenic as the rides along the CO River in Loma or Rabbit Valley but there are nice vistas.

I have attached a trail map from BLM as a photo.
Written April 5, 2012
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