North Fruita Desert

North Fruita Desert Special Recreation Management Area

Season Dates: Year round

Fees: None

Site Overview: The North Fruita Desert Special Recreation Management Area includes 72,000 acres and 250 miles of designated recreation routes. Much of the area is desert valley floor with washes and sharp ridges. At the north end of the area lie the Book Cliffs, one of the longest, continuous geological features in the world. With close proximity to Fruita and Grand Junction, this area is popular for many types of recreation. North Fruita Desert includes an open off-highway vehicle area, an extensive mountain bike trail system, designated OHV routes and a developed campground. Visitation peaks during the spring and fall months.

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Directions: Take Interstate 70 west to Fruita (exit 19). Turn right onto Cherry Street and take the first right onto Aspen Avenue. Go through the roundabout and continue on Aspen to Maple Street. Take a left on Maple Street and then travel north. The street will turn into 17.5 road.   Take a right on N.3 Road and then a left on 18 Road. Travel approximately seven miles on 18 Road until you reach the North Fruita Desert Trails.

Contact Information: Grand Junction Field Office, 970-244-3000

Recreation Opportunities in the North Fruita Desert SRMA

18 Road Trailhead

North Fruita Desert Campground

North Fruita Desert Open OHV Area


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North Fruita Desert

Live Train Race, LLC will be hosting a Cross Country Mountain Bike Race at the North Fruita Desert Trail System  Saturday April 19, 2014

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