Ribbon Trail For Mountain Biking

The 132nd most popular mountain bike trail in Colorado.

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Southwest of Grand Junction, the Ribbon Trail is a 3.4 mile mountain bike trail with 1,500 feet of vertical. The Ribbon is a challenging ride with plenty of cliff exposure and rolling slickrock through large ponderosa pines. The slickrock sections are very impressive and the route can actually be tough to follow, especially on the upper sections (GPS track recommended). Over the first 3 miles, the Ribbon Trail descends 1,500 feet of vertical; just before the 400 foot climb out of the gorge up to the lower trailhead, the trail meets up with the start of the Andys Loop.

To reach the mountain biking trailhead for the Ribbon Trail from Grand Junction, head west on Broadway. Turn left on Monument Road. Then, turn left on D Road. Near the end, turn right on Little Park Road. Continue west on Little Park Road for 3.5 miles. The trailhead is on the left. While the Ribbon Trail is located across the road on the north side, most bikers ride up the road (3.7 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing) to the signed upper trailhead and then descend back to the lower trailhead. Alternately, you can car shuttle between the two trailheads.

TIP: If you can arrange the car shuttles, you can ride down the Ribbon Trail and then connect to Andy’s Loop leading another 4 miles to the Lunch Loop trailhead off Monument Road. With only 300 feet of climbing, this extension descends another 1,000 feet of vertical resulting in a total 7 mile route with 2,500 feet of descent. Pretty sweet.

Overall, Ribbon Trail is the 132nd most popular mountain bike trail of all 178 mountain biking rides in Colorado. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Ribbon Trail including Tabeguache Trail, Gunnison River Bluffs Trail, Palisade Rim Trail, Butterknife Trail, Lunch Loop Trail System and Grand Mesa Grind LoopWest Bench Trail.

Mountain Biking The Ribbon Trail, Grand Junction

Mountain Biking The Ribbon Trail, Grand Junction


Local Contact(s):  BLM (970) 244-3000; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bikers Guide To Colorado" from Dan Hickstein

Recommended Map:  "Fruita/Grand Junction Trail Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  NPS Saddlehorn Campground (970) 858-3617

Luxury Loding:  SpringHill Suites, Grand Junction

Breakfast Restaurant:  Dream Cafe, Grand Junction

Reference Source:  click here http://www.copmoba.org/

GPS:  39.018176, -108.609851

Date Published:  9/19/2016

Date Updated:  4/3/2018

ID:  24983


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