3.8 miles
Distance
375 ft
Climb
-377 ft
Descent
00:43:14
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Horsethief Bench Trail
  • BLM
    BLM
    Land Manager

Horsethief Bench Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Kokopelli Loops
    Fruita, Colorado
  • AKA
    Horsethief
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (5 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #273 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    BLM

This trail is a must for riding at the Kokopelli trails. The descent from Mary’s is typically hike-a-bike, or a super-challenge for you downhill junkies. Drop down onto the single track and experience fast-flowy riding with several tricky obstacles. The south side of the bench provides you with incredible red-rock views rising above the Colorado River. There is another section of hiking pleasure along the north-west side of the rim, but the ride through the washes on the north –side are bermed and fun. Traffic typically flows clockwise.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Horsethief Bench mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,496 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,743 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,742 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,741 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -29%
  • Grade min
    16.8%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,260 ft
  • Avg time
    00:43:14
  • Avg reverse time
    00:39:56
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Status:
on Jul 14, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.5 (61 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Horsethief Bench Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 25 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 955 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 3,552 rides
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      Photos

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      May 15, 2021 @ 8:36pm
      May 15, 2021
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      May 15, 2021 @ 8:36pm
      May 15, 2021
      365 |
      Jan 2, 2019 @ 6:48pm
      Jan 2, 2019
      553 |
      May 27, 2015 @ 6:39pm
      May 27, 2015

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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      wgwestervelt (Apr 15, 2019 at 15:48)
       Spectacular trail. I would rate it a 4.5 for the trail itself and about a 12 for scenery.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      bryanw18 (Oct 15, 2019 at 6:19)
       The famous and infamous. Yes it is gnarly, but if you are like me and like to keep your deductible in check, just walk the bench and enjoy the rest.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Keeganpi3Q72 (Apr 8, 2021 at 14:49)
       Got scolded by a toolbox for going counter clockwise. May want to edit the description if this is truly a one direction trail now.
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      Videos

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      youtuber I CLIMBED HORSETHIEF BENCH | Shredit VS Reality
      10:09 | 428 | May 30, 2019 , Fruita
      youtuber Dropping into Horsethief Bench.. here's what...
      9:54 | 408 | May 23, 2019 , Fruita
      youtuber Horsethief Bench 2018 (Fruita, CO) Mountain Biking
      11:37 | 419 | May 24, 2018 , Fruita
      youtuber Rock Pile Ridin' - Mountain Biking Horsethief...
      6:31 | 691 | Apr 19, 2017 , Fruita
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