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North Fruita Desert Recreation Area

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

North Fruita OHV Area, Book Cliffs, Layton Wash, Coal Gulch, Edge Loop, Ross Ridge, Hunter Canyon, Eighteen Road Campground, Chutes, Frontside, Joe's Ridge, Zippity

Last Known StatusOpen

This large open area offers around 250 miles of designated trails. The terrain is mostly dry with scattered scrubrush and rocky sections. There is also a 400 acre open play area located at the southern part of the property.

Dispersed camping is permitted throughout the area however North Fruita Desert Campground offers 35 sites, each with a picnic table, fire ring, paved parking, vault toilets and direct access to a popular mountain bike trail system. Water is not available and shade is limited so come prepared.

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Permit RequiredYesColorado OHV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoColorado Non-Resident OHV permit required.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)(1998/older limit 99 dB, 1998/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on designated trails
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areaspermitted on designated trails
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails


Tent: $10.00
RV: $10.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $10.00
North Fruita Desert Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityGrand Junction, CO
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Grand Junction, CO
1) Take I-70 West to Exit 19
2) Turn right (north) onto Cherry Street, continue .2 miles
3) Turn right (east) onto Aspen Ave, proceed through roundabout then turn left (north) on Maple Street, continue about 3 miles
4) Turn right (east) onto N.3 Road, continue .5 miles
5) Turn left (north) onto 18 Road, continue about 7 miles.


Contact InfoBLM - Grand Junction Field Office
2815 H Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
(970) 244-3000
Contact InfoColorado State Parks - Registration Unit
13787 South Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-1920


North Fruita Desert Trail Photo

North Fruita Desert Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 11/7/2013 (Thanks!)

North Fruita Desert Trail Photo

North Fruita Desert Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 11/7/2013 (Thanks!)

North Fruita Desert Trail Photo

North Fruita Desert Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 5/2/2015 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size72,000 acres (112 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail250
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation5000 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis BLM land has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis BLM land has no roads.None
ShadeThis BLM land has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline20-30 Miles (SW)Conoco (970) 858-8006
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (SW)Conoco (970) 858-8006
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Highline Lake State Park Campground  (970) 858-7208
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (S)Monument RV Park (970) 858-4405
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (S)Monument RV Park (970) 858-4405
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteNorth Fruita Desert Campground (970) 244-3000
Convenience Store Conv Store20-30 Miles (SW)Conoco (970) 858-8006
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