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Photo by William Woody

Tim Bovee and Rick Haddock ride on a trail in the 18 Road mountain bike system on Saturday. The popular mountain biking area north of Fruita has seen an increase in visitors in the past 10 years, more than doubling from an estimated 33,000 visitors in 2005 to an estimated 77,000 in 2015. The popularity of the trails draws riders from all over the state, including western Colorado.

‘A good change’

Growth of 18 Road mountain bike trails a positive for economy

The 18 Road mountain bike trails north of Fruita have gotten a lot more attention over the years.
Back in 2005, according to Chris Pipkin of the Bureau of Land Management, an estimated 33,000 annual visitors came to the trails. Ten years later, that number has more than doubled to 77,000.


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