Mud, Dust & Dirt Biking

Steven Picore adjusted his goggles and turned to his two riding buddies.

“Let’s do this!” Then the trio cranked the throttles and were gone, leaving a dust train in their wake.

“There are so many places to ride around here,” Picore said, before he took off. “Once it dries up, I’m on the bike every weekend.”

On that particular day, he and his buddies were in the playground off 27 1/2 Road west of Grand Junction Regional Airport.

And they were not alone. The parking area was packed and several other riders were preparing to depart, Clint Crawford of Grand Valley Powersports said there are trails for every level of rider, something that is great about the area.

“You can get into tight, technical riding or if you’re looking for something not as difficult you can find that too,” he said.

He said that much of the desert area north of Interstate 70 from Clifton area to Fruita offers great dirt biking. He mentioned 29 Road, 25 Road, 18 1/2 Road and the Rabbit Valley area as nearby places that offer great riding.

“That’s what I love around here,” Picore said. “We can get some great desert riding but then we can head to the Grand Mesa for good, technical high country riding.”

He also mention the Bangs Canyon Special Recreation Management Area ( bangs_canyon_special.html) as a fun place to ride that is close to Grand Junction.

Good off-road riding can be found all over the Western Slope and all the way to Moab.

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