3 miles
Distance
215 ft
Climb
-1,657 ft
Descent
00:42:27
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of The Ribbon Trail
  • BLM
    BLM
    Land Manager

The Ribbon Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Lunch Loops
    Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #641 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Bing bang boom Rocks, desert, views! You're going to love this trail.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for The Ribbon mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,443 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,216 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,660 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,660 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,217 ft
  • Grade
    -9.456%
  • Grade max
    -47.289%
  • Grade min
    26.803%
  • Distance climb
    2,183 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    405 ft
  • Avg time
    00:42:27
  • Avg reverse time
    00:52:14
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Status:
on May 25, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.4 (29 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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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      The Ribbon Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 5 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 178 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 618 rides
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      Photos

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      Jun 4, 2020 @ 12:04pm
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      Jun 4, 2020 @ 10:54am
      Jun 4, 2020
      52 |
      May 5, 2020 @ 9:47am
      May 5, 2020
      66 |
      May 5, 2020 @ 9:21am
      May 5, 2020

      Routes with this trail

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      Tabaguache Climb to ribbon and Eagles nest Decent
      17 miles

      8 Reviews & Comments

      • + 3
      flag stewyd (May 20, 2019 at 8:31)
       This is a super cool, wicked trail! From high speed pucker factor down wide open rock slab to rad bermy singletrack. We biked up the road to get to the trailhead but I might guess most people shuttle? Only thing this trail could use (IMHO) is some paint on the rock at the start so you know which way you should be going (like what they do in Moab).
      [Reply]
      • - 2
      flag grampa (Sep 19, 2019 at 10:37)
       the biggest waste of brake pads ever... I've honestly never wanted a ride to before. a complete waste of vertical. theres a grand total of 50 feet of fun on the steep rocks then its a downhill parking lot while you desperately look for signs of trail and sandy crap trail. By far the most over rated trail ever.
      [Reply]
      • - 2
      flag Karzaskar (Sep 29, 2019 at 10:21)
       Cool to do once to experience the slickrock slab. Not worth doing twice.
      [Reply]
      • - 2
      flag AFugax (Oct 1, 2019 at 17:57)
       I too rode the trail and thought it was way overrated! 4.9 stars- seriously!? Maybe a 3 overall with parts that may be a 4. I have done it once and that really is enough.
      [Reply]
      • - 2
      flag Heninger (Oct 1, 2019 at 18:01)
       The Meh Ribbon

      Loved the idea, but the execution left some to be desired. The trail needs. Overrated at this point.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      flag matthelm1 (Oct 4, 2019 at 10:41)
       People bashing this trail really need to embrace it's uniqueness. It's fast, has cool views and features, remote, and has a few sessionable technical features. I shuttled up the paved road and descended it on my own early in the morning. I saw two hikers, and one biker going uphill. Pair it with other awesome trails in the area, and have some fun.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag TLukeSwish (Jun 27, 2020 at 19:32)
       Probably the hardest black I’ve ever attempted, some of the features that I walked were possible and others I couldn’t see a possible line. But otherwise a fun one-and-done trail that needs marking to find where it goes.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag robmsul (Jul 5, 2020 at 21:25)
       I don’t recommend riding solo the first time. It’s tough to find where the trail is going. I’m lucky to have tagged along with two riders from just after the beginning.

      This is the type of trail I’m glad I did once but am not itching to ride again.
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