Zion Curtain - TRAIL

Zion Curtain - Trail, Fruita, Colorado

This ride is a great mix of short, fun climbs, techy rock moves and a handful of steep, challenging descents. Great views out to the Colorado river from several points in this ride. Sections of fast downhill singletrack and ridgeline slickrock moves keep it all interesting. This trail is multi use, so occasional moto traffic is possible. However, this trail is not frequently used by either mtb or moto, so it is never overly crowded. Due to the moto use, come mid-summer it can get a bit soft in sections, not bad though, and most of the year it is nice firm singletrack. Enjoy!

User Reviews (4)

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boonecounty   Cross Country Rider [Mar 17, 2014]

Great ride. Not as good as the trails in Loma but pretty sweet because in our entire ride we didn't see a single other person. The trail is really well marked at the moment and easy to follow. There are a few really steep uphills that I found unridable but the downhill on the ridge halfway thru the ride was pretty rad. Great views of rabbit valley. Make sure you bring a copy of the guidebook description although I think once you get on the trail it is pretty easy to follow.

Customer Service

Exit Rabbit valley go right and drive to top of hill. Park here and ride northwest to signed two track. Follow it downhill and under I-70 to kiosk. Go up hill and left on single track. Stay on single track for 10 miles until you hit kokopelli and go right back to underpass.

Similar Products Used: Western Rim
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3
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3
drlg   Cross Country Rider [Jan 10, 2011]

If it wasn't for the several miles of doubletrack, I would give this trail 5 stars. If you like solitude, this trail is for you. The only person I've ever come across while riding the trail (done it about 5 times) was a sheepherder and his flock. Winding trails thru pinyon/juniper landscape, awesome views of the Colorado river and Cisco desert. Some people complain about the condition of the trail due to motorbikes, but I've ridden throughout the year and found the trails to be in good shape everytime. Nothing super-technical aside from a few very steep climbs and descents. A ride definitely work doing.

Customer Service

West of the Rabbit Valley exit on the north side of the interstate, start at the CO/UT border fence. From there, it is a 17 mile loop. Ridden in a clockwise direction. A map is necessary if ridden for the first time.

Similar Products Used: Western Rim (Rabbit Valley)
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4
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4
wbath   Cross Country Rider [May 10, 2006]

The trail loop is about 14 miles, with trailhead a few miles west of Rabbit Valley exit from I70 (just accross the line in Utah). Follow the dry wash under I70, bear left onto singletrack about 1 mile in, and the rest is easy. The trail has numerous dipsy doodles from motorcycles and dodges and weaves through rocks and juniper groves. There are several nice rim overlooks half way through the loop, then a quick descent. There are several short hike-a-bikes for all but elite riders. Overall tread quality is not the very best among Fruita rides, but the solitude was a very positive factor on this ride.

Customer Service

After bearing left onto the singletrack about a mile in, stay on the singletrack- don't be distracted by the occasional doubletrack that intersects- and do the loop in a clockwise direction. There really are no route finding challenges until you complete the descent from the rim to the desert floor (10 or 11 miles into the ride). After crossing Bitter Creek, the singletrack terminates in a 4-way intersection. Take the right trail (actually doubletrack), which leads back to the starting point after about 3 more miles up mild up and downhills.

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4
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3
vtmtnbiker   Cross Country Rider [Jun 04, 2005]

I rode this trail on the 4th day of my visit to Fruita. Incidentally, everyone I met who had ridden in Moab and Fruita said that Fruita is better. For those not familiar w/ the area, Fruita is about 20 mi east of the UT border on I-70. There are about 6 trail networks located in the general area; the Zion Curtain is the term locals use to refer to the UT border. This trail is in the Rabbit Valley section, and is truly an epic ride, along and mostly across the border. 20 miles, about 3.25 hrs at a good pace. Lots of variety: desert floor, long climbs to canyon mesas, great views of the CO River and the La Sal Mtns; technical sections, screaming downhills, slickrock, etc. Bring plenty of water, and be sure to use sunscreen. Not a great ride to try alone. A map is req'd: if you visit this area, you've got to visit Over the Edge Sports on E. Aspen Ave in downtown Fruita. This is a top-notch shop - the owner built many of the local trails, and has written an excellent trail guide called the Fruita Fat Tire Guide. The town itself is very nice. There are plenty of camping options, including the CO Nat'l Monument (national park); also, BLM land abounds.

Similar Products Used: Bookcliffs Area: Kessel's Run downhill is a blast - a rollercoaster slalom course down a wash. Prime Cut is easy but fun.
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4
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4
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