2.9 miles
56 ft
-1,496 ft
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    Land Manager

The Ribbon Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Lunch Loops
    Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (4 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #1631 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #36157 in Trail Running
    • #93738 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    Grand Junction Field Office of the BLM

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

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for The Ribbon mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,440 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,215 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,655 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,655 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,217 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,096 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    404 ft
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on Oct 5, 2022
Avg: 4.4 (45 votes)
Your vote: 0

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  • Icy
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  • Variable
  • Ideal
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      The Ribbon Trail Reports

      Oct 5, 2022 @ 9:11am
      Oct 5, 2022
      Oct 4, 2022 @ 10:45am
      Oct 4, 2022
      Some sections in the low points where water has collected the mud will cake on your tires like peanut butter.
      Oct 2, 2022 @ 11:49am
      Oct 2, 2022
      top 2.5 miles are fine but the next bit is solid mud/clay. Ride if you wanna have a bad time and you don't like when your tires spin freely
      Sep 30, 2022 @ 11:47am
      Sep 30, 2022
      Sep 22, 2022 @ 12:14pm
      Sep 22, 2022
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      • 0 rides
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      • 106 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      • 2,296 rides
      • Last: Nov 6, 2021


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      15 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      BOM (Jan 20, 2023 at 16:49)
      Love it
      • + 0
      Diamondx2 (Oct 25, 2022 at 19:29)
      Fair warning to check your speed on the slab. The trail isn’t marked and if you go too far right you hit a cliff. I lost my brakes and slid off the edge. Would be nice to see paint markers or even some logs/rocks stacked to show the way. The trail is super fun, but even experienced riders will need to walk sections of both the descent and climb. I’d ride it again
      • + 0
      moyniman (Oct 24, 2022 at 16:20)
      There are a few trails in the area that are classics from way back in the day. This is one of them. So is the “Edge” loop over in Fruita. What was rad and next level in 1992 can seem more pedestrian 30 years on…. Take ratings on these oldies with a grain of salt.
      • + 0
      Aidan22 (Sep 23, 2022 at 7:52)
      I found this trail to be a blast. Parked a car at the top, and rode this to free lunch. Finding the trail out can be a bit of a pain, but worth it IMO
      • + 1
      Josephcain4 (Jul 27, 2021 at 12:03)
      Haven't ridden this trail in a few years since we moved from the valley, but what a fun rip it was back then! It wasn't super well marked, but if you missed a turn it wasn't that bad to head back up and find it again. I'll totally ride it again when I make it back that way.
      • + 0
      brahhh (May 31, 2021 at 11:01)
      If Moore Fun is a double black, this is easily a double black. However, this is an amazing trail that is incredibly unique, fast, and has some chunky gnarly drops and rolls. Look before you leap!
      • + 0
      boomshakkalagga (May 8, 2021 at 18:46)
      Bring a friend. Ideally they know where to go, plus they can help you get down the bike at two sections that you’ll have trouble to find the line to walk it. In fact if you dare to ride the toilet bowl and the other step down further down the trail, it’s probably easier than to walk it. Had a blast.

      Get your sintered pads on.

      Parked at one of the further down parking lots along the road where Andy’s Loop meets the road and pedaled the road up. It has a doable incline and goes by quicker than it looks on the map. Not too much vehicle traffic.
      • + 0
      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.
      • + 0
      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.
      • + 5
      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.
      • - 3
      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.
      • - 3
      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.
      • - 3
      Karzaskar (Sep 29, 2019 at 10:21)
      Cool to do once to experience the slickrock slab. Not worth doing twice.
      • - 3
      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.
      • + 4
      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).

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