If you head west from Fruita toward Utah, you’ll hit Rabbit Valley just short of the state line, and I recommend pulling over to ride the Western Rim. This trail is 20 or so miles of beautiful scenery along the Colorado River without the crowds of the Kokopelli trail system in Fruita.
I typically park right near the highway, but you can drive in a bit if you want to take some mileage off of riding dusty double track.
A local rancher has cattle grazing in the area, and in in the springtime it’s cool to ride through the herd with all the calves running about.
After a bit of a climb 5 miles in, you’ll drop down right onto the rim.
Note that this trail is shared with motorcycles, so keep an ear out.
For photos of this area, check out the portfolio.