GJ, Fruita, and Delta Area Mountain Bike Trail Maps

This is a collection of mountain bike trails maps for areas in Mesa County (and a couple in Delta County) which have been included in the "Ride" cycling guide that the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel publishes each spring. 

Lunch Loops, Kokopelli Loops, and 18 Road maps get updated every year, but the rest only get updated when they're going to be republished. So check the date and if it's a bit old don't be too surprised if some things have changed out there. 

The trail ratings on all of the maps are based on technical difficulty. Just because a trail is said to be "easy" doesn't mean it's not physically demanding. A lot of the 'easy' trails still have a lot of climbing. This is Colorado after all. 

Download, print, save, and enjoy these. Like the rest of the map collection, though, these are copyrighted and I do not allow anyone to make money off of these without my permission. This includes posting any map on a web site that makes money. 

If these maps helped you enjoy mountain biking in Grand Junction and you want to say thanks, I certainly wouldn't mind it one bit if you were to buy me a beer




 Map Name


Location

Best Time to Ride
 
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Lunch Loop Trails

Grand Junction
 
Fall, winter, spring, and summer mornings. Avoid these trails when wet or muddy!


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Kokopelli Loops 

Loma 
(four miles west of Fruita)
 
Fall, winter, spring, and summer mornings. Super hot in summer afternoons. Most trails are south facing so the snow tends to melt off early in the season. 


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18 Road

Fruita
 
Fall, winter, spring, and summer mornings. Avoid these trails at all costs when wet (including snowmelt). These trails are on clay and wet clay will trash your bike. 


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Butterknife Trail / Third Flats Road

Grand Junction

Fall, winter, spring, and summer mornings. Avoid these trails when wet or muddy!


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Butterknife Trail / Windmill Road

Grand Junction

Fall, winter, spring, and summer mornings. Avoid these trails when wet or muddy!


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Escalante Rim Loops


Delta 
 
Fall, winter, spring, and summer except for maybe July afternoons. It can get hot out here. This area seems not get all that much snow, so it often makes for a good place to ride in the late fall and early spring. 


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Flowing Park and Kannah Creek Trails

Grand Mesa

Summer get-away-from-the-heat trails. They tend to be snowy or muddy till late June. Be ready for summer thundershowers. 


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Gateway Trails


Gateway 
(way west of Grand Junction, on the other side of the Uncompahgre Plateau)


Fall, winter, spring, and summer mornings.

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Grand Mesa County Line Trails

Grand Mesa
(up where it's cool in the summer but not much air)
 
July, August, and September. Snow and mud commonly persist till early July. Fat bikes are not allowed on these trails in winter. 


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Gunnison Bluffs Trails

Grand Junction and Whitewater


Fall, winter, spring, and summer mornings. Avoid these trails when wet or muddy!

 
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Jumbo Mountain Trails




 
Paonia, Colorado 
(east of Delta)
 
Spring, summer, and fall. Definitely cooler than the Grand Junction area in summer. The area does get snow in winter! 

Good idea to contact Shish Kabikes, the bike shop in Paonia, for trail condition information (closed Sundays and Mondays): 970.527.2221; shishkabikes.com

 
 


 
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Mesa Top and Flowing Park Trails

Grand Mesa

Summer get-away-from-the-heat trails. They tend to be snowy or muddy till late June. Be ready for summer thundershowers. 


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Mesa Top and West Bench Trails 

Grand Mesa 
 
Summer get-away-from-the-heat trails. They tend to be snowy or muddy till late June. Be ready for summer thundershowers. 


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Palisade Rim Trail

Palisade
(east of Grand Junction)

Fall, late spring, summer mornings. The area is a north face so Palisade Rim is usually the last trail to dry out in the spring. Summer afternoons can be hot. 


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Rabbit Valley Trails

Colorado / Utah State Line at I-70

Fall, winter, spring, and summer mornings. Some areas have poor drainage so they stay muddy in the spring or when summer thundershowers are common. 


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Sarlacc Trail

Fruita, north of 18 Road Trails


Fall, winter, spring, and summer mornings. Closed in winter for wildlife. 

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Sidewinder Trail and Smith Mountain

Delta and Olathe (north of Montrose)


Fall, winter, spring, and summer mornings. 

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Turkey Flats and Black Pine Loop

Pinyon Mesa
(west of Grand Junction and south of Glade Park)

Summer get-away-from-the-heat trails. They tend to be snowy or muddy till at least May. Be ready for summer thundershowers. 


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Zion Curtain Trail

Rabbit Valley Area

Fall, winter, spring, and summer mornings. Be ready for summer thundershowers. You do need to use a creek underpass to get under I-70, so best not to ride this area if there's been recent big rain storms in the area. 

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