When it comes to off-roading or mountain bike trails in Grand Junction, there is a massive amount to choose from and the trail connectivity is bar none. You might be suprprised by this, but the OHV crowd and the mountain bike enthusiasts in Western Colorado get along marvelously! In fact, many enjoy both sports regularly. The area surrounding Grand Junction is over 76% public lands, totaling over 1.5 million acres, so there is plenty of room for everyone to spread out. Check out this blog, which focuses on the OHV sport, but as you know, the mountain bikers get free reign to enjoy them as well.
Just a few minutes north of Horizon Drive is a vast network of Grand Junction’s OHV trails. The network branches off in every direction as far as you can see. The rolling dunes at the base of the Book Cliffs are perfect for anyone looking to kick up dirt.
Twenty minutes west of Grand Junction, off-road addicts can rip around the North Fruita Desert. Similar to the Grand Junction OHV area, the North Fruita Desert is full of rolling hills that scatter across the landscape.
Serious rock crawlers have to put 21 Road and the Billings Canyon Jeep Trail on their list. Both navigate steep climbs, sharp turns, and taunting boulders. Billings Canyon is rated a 9 out of ten for jeeping, and both require a winch in certain places.
Forty-five minutes east of Grand Junction, the Grand Mesa rises dramatically above the valley. This Mesa is bursting with over 300 lakes and is the largest flat-top mountain in the world. Navigate through dense forests of pine and aspen trees, visit clear-blue alpine lakes and enjoy the unbeatable views from the top of the Mesa. Land’s End Road is a popular spot for OHV. Side roads spur off Land’s End for miles and miles of scenic riding.
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For individuals or groups looking to rent OHVs, there are plenty of options in the Grand Junction area.
Adrenaline Driven is located along Horizon Drive and provides nearly new Polaris RZR and dirt bike rentals. From Adrenaline Driven, you can jump in your machine and ride straight to the Grand Junction OHV Area. Take one out on your own or jump on a guided tour. If you want to stay at a hotel or B&B close to Adrenaline, be sure to check out the Horizon Drive hotels. This is where the majority of lodging is in Grand Junction.
When it comes to exploring the Grand Mesa, there is no better way to explore this 500-square mile mountain than on a guided OHV tour. Grand Mesa Adventures has ATVs and UTVs that are perfect for venturing through the forest terrain or for a hunting expedition. The expert guides spend every day on the Mesa and know every road and trail.
MotoDiscovery has a wide variety of motorcycles and dirt bikes, all suited for exploring the rugged landscape. From dedicated dirt bikes to street legal adventure bikes, you’ll want to check out the Grand Junction area on both. Take a bike out for yourself or join an adventure tour led by guides who have ridden all over the world. MotoDiscovery also offers motorcycle training classes.
Whether you're looking for a two or four-seater side-by-side, an ATV, or a snowmobile, Perri’s has everything you need for a day, long weekend, or week-long expedition. Check out machines, ramps, and trailers before heading out to the trail.
If riding in a street-legal jeep is more your style, one of Grand Junction’s rental car companies is the way to go. Rent a Jeep Wrangler, Cherokee, or a pick-up truck to explore Grand Junction’s off-road. Be sure to reserve ahead of time, as Jeep rentals are popular in these parts!
Are you looking for more ways to explore Grand Junction? Check out our list of 20 adventures you can only experience in Grand Junction.
Want to learn more ways to explore the great outdoors in Grand Junction? Check out pages 25 - 30 of the Grand Junction Visitor Guide.