Colorado’s western slope is way out on western border of the state where Grand Junction and the neighboring community of Fruita are the last outposts before you get to Utah. (The roads are all numbered, such as 17 Road or 10 1/2 Road, and designate the mileage to the Utah border.) Known mostly for it’s fruit orchards and peaches, the western slope has historically been an agricultural zone and a place to drive thru. Lately that has changed… mountain bikers have discovered the miles and miles of amazing desert trails in the area and have created a desert playground home to a world class mountain biking scene.
We planned an early April girls weekend of riding and camping and headed west. I’ve never really camped, except for pitching a tent in the backyard with the kids when they were little. And I haven’t ridden a mountain bike in quite awhile so this weekend was a learning experience. We rode the desert trails one day and then we rode a winery tour loop the next. A lunch stop at the courtyard of Maison La Belle Vie Winery will make you feel like you’re in Provence!
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