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  • Holy Cross Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
  • Over the Edge Sports
    202 E Aspen Ave
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Long time bike shop in Fruita, Colorado. Everything from bike sales and demos, to maintance and parts, to clothes, gear, and accessories. 
  • Tiara Rado Golf Course
    2057 South Broadway
    Grand Junction, CO 81503
    Tiara Rado Golf Couse is a scenic, 18-hole, public course located at the base of the Colorado National Monument. Red cliffs tower overhead as scenic vistas of the Grand Valley make it hard to keep...
  • 18 Road Trails Area
    Fruita
    Fruita, CO 81521
    This is what put Fruita on the mountain biking map! The North Fruita Desert Special Recreation Management Area includes 72,000 acres and 250 miles of designated recreation routes. Much of the area...
  • Troy Built Loop
    Loma, Exit #15
    Loma, CO 81524
    The Troy Built Loop is very difficult but takes the rider through amazing high views. The trail is rocky and is a single track, taking changes in elevation and difficulty for eight miles.    ...
  • Bangs Canyon Trailhead - Rough Canyon Trail
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    The Bangs Canyon Trailhead lies at the heart of the Bangs Canyon Special Recreation Management Area and provides access to several different trails and recreation opportunities. These include:...
  • Moore Fun Trail
    Loma Exit #15
    Loma, CO 81524
    Moore Fun Trail This is a technically and physically demanding biking trail, consisting of 7 miles of changes in elevations, terrain, and speed. Length: 7 miles Difficulty: Difficult
  • North Fruita Desert Campground
    18 Road Trailhead
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Over 50 individual campsites in the North Fruita Desert with easy access to mountain biking, OHV trails, hiking, and shooting ranges. 
  • 4191 South 16 Road
    Glade Park, CO 81523
    On top of training horses for ranchwork, roping, barrel racing, and cow cutting, this horse ranch also offers guided trail rides. Ride in the arena or head onto BLM land right next to the ranch for...
  • Clays 2 Raise Fundraising Tournament

    Clays 2 Raise Fundraising Tournament

    3934 I 9/10 Rd
    De Beque, CO 81630
  • Colorado State Parks
    361 32 Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81504
    Colorado State Parks has several different park areas within the Grand Junction area. The James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park includes five sections - Island Acres, Corn Lake, Colorado River...
  • Gunny Loop Trail - Lunch Loop Trail System
    Little Park Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Gunny Loop Trail can be accessed from the Little Park Trailhead. Gunny Loop Trail is nearby the Lunch Loop Trail System and can be incorporated into a series of loops in the area. The Little Park...
  • Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool
    1340 Gunnison Avenue
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Lincoln Park Moyer Pool is 50 meter outdoor pool that features a waterslide, Splash Pad water playground, 13' diving well with 1 meter and 3 meter diving boards, and a separate shallow water (2' -...
  • James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park
    595 Hwy 340
    Fruita, CO 81521
    James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park is made up of five separate and distinct sections spread out over 35 miles along the Colorado River. Fruita is on the west end and Island Acres is on the...
  • Kodels Canyon Trail
    Colorado National Monument
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Kodels Canyon is west of the west entrance to the Colorado National Monument. To access trailhead, turn off along highway 340 across Dinosaur Hill. This trail will take you to Kodels Canyon and...
  • Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness
    Black Ridge Wilderness
    Fruita, CO 81521
    Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness covers 75,439 acres that spans from directly behind the Colorado National Monument and runs into Utah. Home to seven red rock canyons, Black Ridge Canyons is filled...
  • Highline Lake State Park
    1800 11.8 Road
    Loma, CO 81524
    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​An oasis in the desert, Highline Lake is the recreation epicenter for the Grand Valley with two lakes, lush grass,...
  • Ute Petroglyph Trail
    East of the town of Palisade
    Palisade, CO 81526
    Petroglyph trail is named after the petroglyphs left behind by Ute indians. This trail is moderate in difficulty and will take the user through native desert vegetation and beautiful views of the...
  • eggleston Lake
    Cedaredge, CO 81431
    Dispersed campground in Grand Mesa National Forest located next to Eggleston Lake. ...
  • Bill Burkes 4-Wheeling America LLC
    No Store Front
    GRAND JUNCTION, CO 81501
    Bill Burke has been an internationally recognized 4x4 trainer and professional guide for 28+ years. Bill teaches everything you need to know about safe back country driving, and plans and leads...
  • James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park Corn Lake Section
    361 32 Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81504
    An ideal location for Riverfront trail and Colorado River boating access as well as shaded picnic sites, fishing and watchable wildlife opportunities
  • Serpents Trail
    Monument Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81507
    Called "the crookedest road in the world," this historic trail has 16 switchbacks. The trail climbs steadily from east to west through Wingate Sandstone. Built in the early 1900s, this route was...
  • Lions Loop
    Loma Exit #15
    Loma, CO 81524
    Lion's Loop This trail is nearly eight miles of difficult terreain meant for experienced riders. The ride is mainly downhill and will pass through amazing views of the terrain below. Length: 7.8...
  • Eggleston Lake
    Cedaredge, CO 81413
    Dispersed campground right next to Eggleston Lake in Grand Mesa National Forest. ...