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Sedona Rides

Choose Your Own Adventure

Fruita Colorado boasts some of of the most unique and challenging riding in the US. 

Green/Beginner rides are indicated in our routes - look for anything rated for Skill Level 2-3.

 

Anyone who hasn't ridden in Moab/Fruita/Sedona should start on beginner trails (yes, YOU! Intermediate/blue trails here are often harder than most black and double black trails elsewhere)

ROAM FEST SKILLS RATING

Our rating system is unique to Roam and we utilize these competency markers to indicate appropriate group rides (which varies based on trail system and terrain). 

Please familiarize yourself with your ROAM Skill Rating before joining any group rides.

(FYI - our rating system does NOT play well with folks used to machine-built flow trail. For Sedona & Fruita - where terrain is rocky and just effing difficult, feel free to rate down until you've slapped a lap with us)

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SKILL LEVEL 1 - TOTES A NEWBIE
You've never ridden a mountain bike on an actual dirt trail before.

You can execute:

  • Staying upright while pedaling.

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SKILL LEVEL 2 - NOVICE

You have ridden mountain bikes on dirt trails a few times, but mostly everything about riding these contraptions is still a mystery...but you're game to learn!

You can execute:

  • Skill Level 1

  • One finger braking on both the front (left) and rear (right) brakes

  • Riding with 50/50 pedals while not pedaling (pedals are "flat" or parallel to the ground)

  • Pushing the shifter thingy...but being in the right gear might need some work still.

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SKILL LEVEL 3 - STRONG NOVICE/BEGINNERMEDIATE

You enjoy mellow smooth trails... sometimes climbs come out of friggin' nowhere and you forget to shift, or those rocks get a little cray cray and you prefer to walk-it-out. You are still not entirely comfortable riding roots, rocks, switchbacks, and the steep stuff.

  • You can execute:

  • Skill Level 2

  • Controlled braking at speed

  • Riding while STANDING and being able to coast with 50/50 pedals

  • Can get over small rocks, roots, and obstacles...but you're not sure how you're doing it.

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SKILL LEVEL 4 - INTERMEDIATE (NOT RELATED TO TRAIL RATING)

You are starting to get the hang of shifting, pedaling through more technical features like rocks and uneven terrain. You are making it up shorter climbs, and getting a little rowdy going down hill....although you prefer keeping your wheels on the ground.

You can execute:

  • Skill Level 3

  • Controlled braking at faster speeds

  • Shifting - you anticipate terrain and can shift accordingly

  • Standing - you're balanced and comfortable standing up with 50/50 pedals and can maintain level pedals during a descent. 

  • Compressing your suspension to get over obstacles like rocks and bigger roots.

  • Confidence rolling over obstacles that do not require wheels to leave the ground.

  • Using a dropper post to get that seat the HECK OUTTA YOUR WAY!

  • Switchbacks and turns that aren't too steep

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SKILL LEVEL 5 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE (NOT RELATED TO TRAIL RATING)

You're confident riding most blue trails and willing to dabble in black trails, although you're positive you'll be walking most technical bits.  You can comfortably use your front and back brakes when different braking pressure is required (i.e. switchbacks, steeper sections of trail), and your wheels even leave the ground (at least a little) on jumps & drops.

You can execute:

  • Skill Level 4

  • Controlled front braking independent from rear braking and vise versa

  • Anticipating changes in terrain and shifting smoothly and often

  • Front wheel lifts to get wheel up or over an obstacle that is not rollable (up to 6 inches)

  • Letting go of the brakes and standing on 50/50 pedals on descents, & maintaining speed as long as you can see what's ahead of you.

  • Trail scanning and cornering techniques such as looking through turns.

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SKILL LEVEL 6 - ADVANCED

You feel confident braking, using momentum to crush terrain, and are comfortable shifting and using that seat post dropper all dang day. You can shred through tight trees, loose dirt, snaggly rock gardens, and twisty turns, all while lookin' and feelin' good. Oh and fast/steep descents? Bring it! Can ride most features on most black trails. 

You can execute:

  • Skill Level 5

  • You are confident in your handling skills on a variety of singletrack

  • You can shift your bodyweight to keep traction on steep climbs, and climbing technical terrain is totally in your bag of tricks. 

  • Berms? Braaaap! Timing and coordination through berms and tight turns is dialed, and you are comfortable with bike-body separation to keep speed and momentum through the exit. 

  • Confidence on fast or steep descents with a little air time on jumps and drops

  • You are comfortable with wheels leaving the ground

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SKILL LEVEL 7 - EXPERT

You eat trail for breakfast. You are comfortable riding black & double black trails and aggressive terrain with complete control over your speed and your bike. You rarely walk on descents, and can hop or wheel lift over larger obstacles that are not rollable. Slow tech. Fast tech. You want all the tech. 

You can execute:

  • Skill Level 6

  • Confidently riding black trails in Canada, Washington, Moab, Sedona, & other spicy areas

  • Climbing technical "bitchy" climbs and switchbacks are easy peasy

  • Clearing table top jumps, large drops (over 4 feet), and all the sketchiness the trail has for you.

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SKILL LEVEL 8 - PRO PRO

You literally ride mountain bikes professionally (sorry roadies/cross badasses...just because you can suffer fast doesn't make you a competent mountain biker)

 

 Congratulations...we have beer and extra snacks since you're probably broke and hungry.

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RIDE ROUTES

Enjoy these routes OYO or signup for a group ride!

We highly recommend downloading the Trailforks app and upgrading to Trailforks Pro (yes, it's 100% worth it)

E-BIKES are not allowed on Sedona singletrack trails.

 

GRAND VALLEY TRAIL SYSTEMS

The Grand Valley is home to over 230 miles of trail from strider-friendly Kessel Run to locals favorite (for the hardcore) Gunny Loop. 

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VOC (Village of Oak Creek) TRAIL SYSTEM

Roam Fest is hosted adjacent to the VOC trail system with trail access seconds away from our venue. Looking for a mellow start? Bell Rock Pathway and the Big Park loops are the perfect place to start your Sedona adventure. HINT: Slim Shady/Templeton is NOT a great first-ride option.

Easiest Trail: Bell Rock Pathway

Challenging Trail:  Hi-Line (extreme/expert)

Most Famous Trail: Hi-Line

Number of Trails: 38

Fun Facts/Good to Know:

  • The Slim Shady Trail is on sacred indigenous land and therefore is not on our permit to guide on. Heads up we'll have a go-around for any official rides offered adjacent to this route. 

  • Templeton and Llama are more fun for most riders than the more famous Hi-Line and Hogs trails (real talk, the H trails  are freakishly technical rides.)

  • Even our expert friends only average about 3 mph on group rides around here. Slow tech = more time for beautiful views

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DRY CREEK TRAILS

Founder Ash Zolton's favorite trails in the area - the perfect amount of spicy tech, stunning vistas, and not hard-as-shit trails everywhere you look. 

Easiest Trail: Aerie-Cockscomb

Challenging Trail: Canyon of Fools

Most Famous Trail: Mescal (STUNNING VIEWS)

Number of Trails: 41

Fun Facts/Good to Know:

  • Be ready to pedal....which is good advice for everywhere in Sedona

  • There may be creek crossings on your route!

  • Chuckwagon is legendary and usually chocka full of hikers. Be nice. Say hi. 

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ADOBE JACK TRAILS

Go slap a lap at Posse Grounds or head out to try these (primarily high-tech) trails. 

Easiest Trail: Grand Central (still not super "easy")

Challenging Trail:  Tea Cup (so janky)

Most Famous Trail: Adobe Jack

Number of Trails: 34

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CARROLL CANYON

A great location for long climbs and seemingly longer descents. 

Easiest Trail: Rams Head

Challenging Trail:  Sketch/Ridge

Most Famous Trail: Skywalker

Number of Trails: 24

 
 
 
 
 

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