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From Red Spring to Summer Time Green: Part 2


Moab Utah to Frutia Colorado

Both have a rich history of mountain biking and both have reached cycling legendary status. For us, we had just returned from an Alaskan expedition. It was a roller coaster of mind blowing deep, steep spines to being stuck on a remote glacier and battling an intense, threatening storm. This had us seeking the desert's dry, warm, sunshine to decompress and find grounding again.

The storms rolled in and the clouds dropped precious moisture on a thirsty desert eco system.

The most classic; slickrock trail. You to could rent this Specialized Enduro from White Pine Touring in Park City UT. Such an incredible desert bike, rides it all like a boss.

This trail is perfect to ride if its raining in the desert. Its mostly solid rock and there is very little mud. Full of punchy climbs, steep descents, and crazy views.

We followed this ride up with awesome food from Moab Diner and watched a flash flood rush down main street. It poured the whole next day and so we spent it traveling to Fruita where the trails had been transformed to tacky hero dirt.

The bench of the horse's thief parallels the colorado river and overlooks the western side of Colorado's national monument.

Full of shelvey shale, berm corners and canyon washes.

Plenty of features to make this trail one for the books and worthy of an annual ride trip.

18 road- the perfect combination of ridge riding, canyon washes, and camping. Its no wonder Fruita CO is a renowned MTB destination.

Here you can get in a dozen laps with camp in between making it perfect to take Yoda Bear on a ride and then let him rest for another.

Joe's ridge is cut real nice and can be linked into "lunch at joes" for miles of pure pleasure flying.

Zippity doo da gives roller coaster butterflies with swooping lines and the access climb has un-real vistas.

The desert was good to us and we found exactly what we were seeking and more. But, when home is the only gold level IMBA MTB destination in the world and the trails there are bathed in wildflowers; it was time to return to the Wasatch. In part 3 of our series we will show you what 500 miles of single track accessed from the backdoor is like; stay tuned. 

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