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Grand Junction, CO: Rustler’s Loop

This intro to Fruita, CO mountain biking speeds along smooth singletrack for 4.8 miles passing sandstone domes and overlooks perched above the Colorado River.

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Rustler’s Loop is an easy hardpacked trail that everyone can love. Novice riders will only encounter a few technical sections, and skilled riders can time-trial it through banked turns and catch air on whoops. But don’t blow past all of the scenery—pause at one of several overlooks to take in the Colorado River and the red rock canyons it carved.
Our advice: Warm up on Rustler’s Loop before riding more difficult trails in the Mary’s Loop area. From the Rustler’s trailhead, you can ride Horsethief Bench, or take Mary’s Loop to Steve’s or Lion’s loops.
-Mapped by the Backpacker Map Team

To Trailhead

I-70 W to exit 15 (toward Loma/Rangely). Turn left onto 13 Road/CO 139 N. In .1 mile, turn right onto HawkEye Road (just after the one-way road coming from the trucker weigh station). Follow .8 mile to parking area for the Kokopelli Trailhead.

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