Like a couple of elk forced down to lower elevations by snowfall, Christy and I headed to Fruita to go for a run.
Most people associate Fruita with mountain biking. While the biking is nothing short of awesome there, many of the trails work equally well for a run.
The rolling, semi-technical Kokopelli trails are the best, since the bikers aren’t moving as fast and as a runner you don’t feel in the way. Plus, the layout of the trails– allowing for added distance by stacking up extra side loops like Horsethief Bench, Steve’s Loop and Rustler– allows for all sorts of mileages and variations to the central Mary’s and Lion’s loops. See the map below.
So for our day, we started at the Kokopelli Trailhead and ran Rustler’s, then Mary’s, Horsethief, Steve’s, a short bit on Lion’ s, then Mack Ridge (out-and-back) and Moore Fun back to the trailhead. We stashed water at the Lions Trailhead in the morning. It came to 26 miles.
If you’re looking for a long day on the trails and everything around you is covered in snow– be it late fall, winter, or spring– Fruita’s well worth the trip.