Chutes and Ladders

Mesa County, Colorado 81630

Elevation Gain1,019ft
Trailhead Elevation5,518ft
Elevation Min/Max5181/5605ft
Elevation Start/End5518/5518ft

Chutes and Ladders

Chutes & Ladders is a hiking and biking trail in Mesa County, Colorado. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 5,518 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,019 feet. This trail connects with the following: Edge Cut Off, Vegetarian and Prime Cut.

Chutes & Ladders Professional Reviews and Guides

"Chutes & Ladders is a long-time favorite of Fruita mountain bikers. Recalling the ups and downs of the old childhood board game, Chutes & Ladders offers a technically rolling romp over some of the best slickrock outside of Moab, Utah. The ride offers many short climbs and descents over slickrock and through sand.

It delivers one of the smoothest and narrowest sections of singletrack in all of Colorado. After negotiating the rocky terrain of the Book Cliffs, the tireless rider is rewarded with a fast and straight singletrack shot through a cow pasture- smooth as butter. Terrain: Singletrack. The terrain rolls over hilly slickrock and sand and through open pasture."

"This trail has some great singletrack riding; one of the better rides in the Book Cliffs area. The fun factor on this ride is very high.

The trail traverses along the lower part of the Book Cliffs and follows a wandering line in and out of several dry washes. Do this ride. This trail is located 8 miles north of Fruita. Tread: 6.9 miles on singletrack and 0.2 mile on doubletrack."

Chutes & Ladders Reviews

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I had heard much about chutes and ladders, and while the trail was pretty fun, it didn't compare w/ Zippety Doo Daa which is in the same complex. The singletrack is nice, flowy and there are a few hills. We rode much of this trail system in one trip and while chutes was fun I didn't see what all the fuss was about.
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A Fruita classic! Several steep ups and downs will keep you heart pounding, and a few technical sections add a bit of additional excitement. This trail is one of the great Bookcliffs' roller coasters with narrow singletrack and cool desert scenery. (My fiancee and I even saw prarie dogs.)
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great climbing and downhill then a superb singletrack to finish it off.
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I didn''t give Chutes and Ladders 5 stars simply because I thought it was going to be a little harder than it was. On the other hand, in my humble opinion, this is a MUST RIDE for any serious mountain biker (note, I am not an expert, but I''m no beginner either...this would be harder for newer mountain bikers!). Chutes and Ladders has a lot of very steep climbs and fast, zig-zagging descents! It''s part of the "Bookcliffs" area and you can ride to the trail right from your campsite (free but no toilet facilities). The general terrain is rocky with loose dirt. After you finish the "roller-coaster" area, you come to a beautiful open meadow. You ride through this area on TRUE single track...this area of the trail is only about 3 or 4 tire widths wide! (Please please please ride responsibly and keep the single track single!) This entire area is like a web of interweaving trails so it''s easy to get kind of lost...make sure to bring a good trail map. Essentially, you can make an entire day of riding this area...just make sure to bring plenty of water! Keep in mind, we''re talking about a desert here! :)

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Mesa County
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