The Ribbon, Grand Junction, CO

The Ribbon has it all. Long slickrock with great views, ledges and edges (don’t cliff out!), and a bonus cave at the end to walk through.

After living for two decades on the Colorado front range, I decided to not blow through Grand Junction for Fruita and Moab, and check out the Lunch Loops.  I gotta say, this area is now high up on my favorites list.  

I started with The Ribbon, and was a bit nervous because my friend Jon warned me about this trail.  It isn’t all that well marked, and takes some sharp turns to avoid 10-30 foot cliffs. Jon has a friend who cliffed out  and had to be air-lifted to St Mary’s in Grand Junction (she healed up nicely). 

So I took my time.  

But wow, it’s such a cool trail.  Shortly after leaving the top parking lot you pop out onto an enormous slab of slick rock.

a huge slab of rock to ride on
a huge slab of rock to ride on

You ride fast for a long time, but you must pay attention as the rock narrows to just a few feet wide.

narrow section (don't cliff out!)
narrow section (don’t cliff out!)

Then you drop down into a tight set of turns through a feature.  

a tough feature ahead
a tough feature ahead

After the feature you again get atop a long slab of slickrock and fly down it to a stream bed.

hike up out of stream bed
hike up out of stream bed

Near the end of the trail you pass the start of Andy’s Loop, and hike up out of the canyon.  But as you ascend, you’ll find a bonus – a cave on the left.  Stop to walk into and check it out.

bonus: a cave!
bonus: a cave!

I had parked up on the road, and so I headed back to my car, but if you started below, Andy’s is a great ride.

from road looking down on Andy's and The Ribbon
from road looking down on Andy’s and The Ribbon

 

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