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North G.J. / Fruita OHV Area

The Grand Valley of Western Colorado is home to the cities of Grand Junction, Fruita, and Palisade.  When looking North from any of these towns you will see the large vast area of high desert known as the North Grand Junction / Fruita Desert.  This area is opent to OHV use and is managed by the BLM.


The area offers terrain for the novice through AA rider.  With its open terrain you will be hard pressed to find any tree's but you will enjoy almost year-around riding and some of the best single track washes and breath taking views along the trails that wind up the Bookcliffs.  Select shared trails are open to Jeeps, Atv's, mountain bikes and horses.  This area is normally free of snow year-around and is a local favorite to head out after work to release the days stress since its so close to home.  The best dirt is a few days after a snow melt through mid spring and returns in the fall when temps have fallen to a comfortable level, however you will see diehard heat stroke fans braving the 100+ temps in the summer eating dust.


You can access this area from 18 Rd, 25 Rd, 27 1/4 Rd or 29 Rd going North on any of these roads and you will arrive in the desert.  Select areas have OHV unloading areas. 


This area is currently under BLM Management review for select trail closures, however at this time the area is open to cross country travel, please remain on the current catalog of trails.  A trail map system is currently being put together but is not available at this time.  The Bookcliff Rattlers Motorcycle Club has been working hard with the BLM to establish a fun yet challenging motorcycle trail system and is currently an on-going project.  The new Sarlac trail along the Bookcliffs is one of new trails as a result of this partnership.


USFS spark arrestors and valid Colorado Resident or Non-Resident OHV stickers are required in this OHV area and are available at local powersports dealers.


Hotels are located within 4 - 5 miles of the riding areas in Grand Junction and Fruita, but are not accessable by non-plated bikes, so trailering to the riding area is required.  Camping is legal in the desert, but please pack out any garbage.


On select years the club hosts the Snakebite Classic Enduro from the 27 1/4 Rd OHV location and a video can be seen below of the terrain and one of the tests.

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