Sunday, May 05, 2013

Biking in the Grand Valley

The Grand Valley is a cyclist's paradise, with an abundance of sunshine and spectacular views of the Colorado National Monument, Mount Garfield, the Colorado Grand Mesa and the Little Bookcliff Mountains. In April, May and Early June you can take advantage of the mild weather and desert wildflower blooms. In the Fall, the weather is near perfect and the fall color change in the Grand Valley is in full swing.

Willow Pond Bed & Breakfast offers locked storage for bikes and a washing/clean-up area.

Bike Rentals can be arranged thru Willow Pond and bikes delivered directly to the inn. You can also have your bike shipped to the inn for your trip...

Tour of the Moon is just around the corner, book now as we will book up!

Bike the Monument:
Willow Pond Bed & Breakfast is only 15 minutes from the East entrance of The Colorado National Monument...

Mountain Biking:

Willow Pond is only 12 miles from Fruita. The town of Fruita offers world class mountain bike trails . Kokopeli's Trail, with 142 miles of trails sprawling from Loma, Colorado to Moab Utah, this trail loop offers a self-teaching trail to expert level trails, there really is a trail for everyone! Here is an in depth description of these trails:
Fruita is also home to the April Fruita Fat Tire Festival.

Willow Pond is only 1.5 hrs from Moab and 2 hrs from Arches Lodging is limited in Moab, their B&B's fill up very quickly, so you might consider staying here in Grand Junction and making a day trip to Moab for biking, hiking and rafting or daytripping to Arches... Another reason to stay in Junction is that we are about 10-15 degrees cooler than Moab, so you can escape the heat! We suggest April-May and September-October for the mildest weather...

Road Biking:

You are in for a treat! Willow Pond is only 4 miles from the East entrance of the Colorado National Monument, which offers 33 miles of paved road on Rimrock Road, with a climb of 2300 vertical feet! The Grand Valley offers paved river front trails running from Palisade to Fruita, nearly 20 miles of paved trails along the Colorado River. Map of some local trails:
We are also only 2.5 miles from downtown where you can enjoy fine dining, shopping and the Art on the Corner Sculpture Series on Main Street, Grand Junction.

Willow Pond is only 12 miles from the town of Palisade where you can treat yourself to a beautiful ride through Colorado Wine Country, a wine and fruit lover's paradise. Palisade's Fruit Loop:

Biking on the Colorado Grand Mesa is spectacular in fall with the color change, Crag's Crest Trail, Land's End Road, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, to mention just a few...

What about rain? Well, this is the desert, we get very little rain and when we do, it is usually over pretty quickly and the trails tend to dry up in a day or two...

Have fun out there!

Bike Shops:
Western Colorado Mountain Biking
Over the Edge Sports
Ruby Canyon Cycles
Single Tracks
Brown's Cycles

More info on biking:
Read the recent New York Times Article about biking the Grand Valley:
Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Assoc.
Grand Mesa:

"Must Stops" on your trip:

Willow Pond Bed & Breakfast only 3.5 hours from Denver, 5 hours from Salt Lake City...
Colorado National Monument
Golf at Redland's Mesa
Carlson Vineyards ( Cherry Wine with Enstrom's chocolate!)
Meadery of the Rockies
Enstrom's Candy
Moulin Rouge Cafe
662 on Rood
Pablo's Pizza
Zen Garden
Grand Valley Orchards

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