Just outside of Grand Junction is the colorful high desert town of Fruita. More than just a dinosaur experience, this town is a little-known Colorado treasure. Labor Day weekend and the fall months are the perfect times to explore Fruita’s Colorado National Monument. Established by President Taft back in 1911, this park offers an outdoor adventure of spectacular sightseeing, hiking, and biking.
Not only is Fruita regarded as Moab’s little sister, it is often called Colorado’s mountain biking Mecca. Biking enthusiasts seek their challenge ascending the road that cuts through colorful red cliffs and canyons of the monument. Most travelers find their exploration by car climbing to discover layers and drop offs that mimic the wonder of the Grand Canyon. The Monument has a visitor’s center at the top with beautiful trails to enjoy and offers some sites for camping. However the campsites are quite small and have minimal spacing.
In addition to the monument, there is the other side of I-70 where Fruita’s 18 Road Trails system boasts 24 incredible biking trails for all levels of expertise. There’s also a charming old town area that offers bike shops and restaurants to either begin or refuel for the day’s activities. Bring the water and sunscreen and soak up the adventure of Fruita.