Fruita, Colorado is one of the very last towns on I70 west before hitting the Utah border. Until now it was not apparent that this sleepy town is home to some of the best singletrack in the entire state and a nearly 2 hour shorter drive than Moab. Speaking of Moab, the Moab tourism board knows that the secret is out about Fruita and have even installed a billboard advertising Moab at the Fruita exit. Enjoy these trails from mid-February to early June and September through November.
Some trails you have to try:
18 Road – home to the now legendary Zippity Doo Dah and Joe’s Ridge. New trails are being built all the time. Camping is available in 20 primitive spots for $10/night and plenty of free overflow camping if you can’t get up to the campground ahead of the weekend warriors
Mary’s Loop and Horsethief – take the Loma exit off I70 and go south and follow the signs to the parking lot. Mary’s Loop is also the start of Kokopelli’s Trail and Horsethief is a must do spur off of the loop. There are unbelievable views of the Colorado river from 300 feet up.
Where to eat:
Hot Tomato – Awesome pizza and salads. Just be prepared to wait awhile, service is not their strong suit here.
Fiesta Guadalajara – Surprisingly great Mexican fare and even better margaritas. Go for their top shelf margarita (only $7) made with fresh squeezed lime juice.
Rib City Grill – Great BBQ is hard to be had in Colorado and this spot in a strip mall on the other side of I70 from town is worth the short drive.