Grand Junction Area Road Rides

WARNING
A couple road construction projects will be affecting the Colorado National Monument Loop in 2018:
- The east hill of Colorado National Monument as well as DS Road will be getting resurfaced. It'll be nice when it's done, but till then, things will be a bit of a mess. The road will be down to one lane, at best, so expect delays of up to 30 minutes. What's more, at times the whole road will need to be closed, but they will give us a week's warning before any closures. Check with Colorado National Monument to find if and when they've scheduled any closures: https://www.nps.gov/colm or via talking on an actual phone at 970.858.3617 x360. This project is expected to be done by August, but, hey, it's a government gig.  

UPDATE: The road up (and down) the east hill of the Monument will be closed to all traffic from March 15 to April 23. The Alternate route is to use Little Park Road, but that's everyone else alternate route too so expect lots of traffic. Better yet, just ride up and down the west side of the Monument. 

- The intersection of Broadway (aka State Highway 340) and Redlands Parkway will be under construction for pretty much all of 2018 for roundabout construction. This intersection should suck even more for us cyclists during construction. It's not suppose to be too bad once done, though. We'll see. 




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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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