Best Biking Alternative to Moab (2005)

Fruita Fat Tire Festival

For years, Fruita was known for its orchards filled with fat peaches. Gradually it became know for its intoxicating vineyards. Not surprisingly, this heritage has fostered a love of fat-tire biking. Every spring, the town hosts the Fat Tire Festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. The fest kicks off with a marathon eighteen-hour ride on April 29, with single-trackers grooving in Highline State Park. Road-bike tours, prizes and other surprises make this event -- more than a week's worth of stuff -- a fat load of fun. Though Fruita is still a haul, it's closer than Moab.

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