Bookcliffs - Fast Facts

Trail number


Trail length

Over 100 kms of trails

Elevation variance

700+ metres if you do the mesa rim. 100 metres for lower trails.

Trail type

Predominantly well maintained single trail, some minor gravel road sections

Trail surface

Smooth dirt, fine gravel, coarse gravel, rocks and rock outcrops

Weather affected

All weather

Trail condition sources


Trail features

Berms, lots of single track, desert wildflowers in spring

Trail obstacles

Largely nice flowing trails, some minor rock areas, some ridge runs with drop offs (not major)

Trail Rating

Trail rating

Easy, Intermediate, Difficult

Rating basis


Night riding


Family Friendly

Yes - on some trails

Trail Map and GPX File

Click Image For Trail Map


No GPX download

Trail Description

The Bookcliffs (aka 18 Road) Trails are located to the north of Fruita below the mesa rim and there is also one trail that tracks up onto the mesa rim as a loop ride - click on map above to get linked to a trails page that shows The Edge trail as well as the trails above. Trails are predominantly single track in a desert environment. During April when I was there, there were quite a few wildflowers and cacti in flower at the time.

No pictures of these trails but have a look at the video below to get an idea of the trails below the mesa rim. The video shows some of the trails in the centre and western portions of the map above. The trails are generally fairly straightforward to ride being roller coaster and sweet flowing trails in general. There are some sections with quite steep pinch climbs but most are rideable.

Note that the trails are very exposed with few trees and can be subject to snow (as occurred the day after the video was taken) so prepare accordingly for hot or cold weather as appropriate.

Trail Videos

Parking and Facilities
Parking is available at the trailhead on 18 Road.
Toilet facilities are available at 18 Road Trailhead.
No drinking water is available. Bring plenty if warm - it's a desert environment with no shade.
Food and drinks available back in Fruita.
Trail information is available at the 18 Road Trailhead. Worth getting a map from bike shop as well to ensure you know where you are going as well.