Grand Junction Area Road Rides





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 Colorado National Monument
Starting in Grand Junction
Going clockwise 

 38 miles
2,750 feet of climbing

Moderate
Pretty steep right at the beginning, but mellow after that



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 Colorado National Monument
Starting in Fruita
Going counter-clockwise
(remember round clocks?)


 37 miles
2,750 feet of climbin

Moderate 
Longer, but more mellow climb than going up the Grand Junction side first


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Colorado National Monument
Starting in Fruita (again)
Going counter-clockwise (again)
Returning via the Riverfront Trail 

38 miles
2,350 feet of climbing


Moderate
Easiest of the three CNM routes
since the Riverfront Trail is pretty
darn flat. 



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Palisade Wine and Fruit Tour


23 miles
 
Easy and Scenic
 
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Orchard Mesa - Palisade - East Orchard Mesa Loop


41 miles
731 feet of climbing 

Easy, but goes up one really good hill 

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Fruita Farms Alphabet Ride
(For some more farms routes that start in Fruita, check out the Colorado Backcountry Biker Saturday Road Ride page)


37 miles
742 feet of climbing 

 
Easy
 
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Rose Hill Rally 100K Ride


64 miles 
1330 feet of climbing 

 
Easy, but long
 
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Highline Lake/Fruita Farms Ride
(For some more suggested farms routes that start in Fruita,  including a couple to Highline Lake, check out the Colorado Backcountry Biker page)

54 miles 
 
Easy, unless you try to go
really fast, then it gets hard; 
a couple of the hills will get your
attention, though


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Reeder Mesa - Purdy Mesa - Kannah Creek Route
(see Grand Junction to Whitewater route below)



33 miles
1,810 feet of climbing 


Moderate 
 

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Little Park Road - Monument Loop
 

 29 miles
2,840 feet of climbing


Moderate to Difficult
(straight up and right back down again)
 
 

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Little Park Road and DS Road
  
62 miles (100 kilometers)
4,025 feet of climbing
(1,227 meters)
 


 Fairly difficult beginning,
moderate afterward

 
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Unweep Canyon
(see Grand Junction to Whitewater route below)

 
86 miles round trip
4,900 feet of climbing

Moderate to Difficult
(there is an easier, shorter alternative on the map) 


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Grand Junction to Whitewater
(makes it so you can start the Reeder Mesa ride in Grand Junction or turn the Unaweep Canyon ride into a century )

 
18 miles round trip

Easy by itself, but not that exciting by itself either


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Douglas Pass 
 

66 miles
4600 feet of climbing

 Kicks up at the end, so "difficult" if you head to the top, "moderate" if you turn back early;
Narrow road and not for the
faint of heart



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Grand Mesa Hill Climb




63 miles
6,049 feet of climbing

Difficult
"Bright light and dead relatives beckoning" kind
of difficult!

 

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