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Opinion: Why I love Fruita, Colorado

Mike Bennett
Free Press Opinion Columnist

I love Fruita!

You may be thinking, “Of course he would say that. He is the City Manager after all.”

Yes, this is true, but it is not the only reason. I have relocated 15 times in my life (son of an Army officer), and never have I had the type of experience as I have had relocating to Fruita, Colorado, in the fall of 2014.

Why? Fruita is a community of choice. People from all over the world choose to live here for a variety of reasons. Living in Fruita means your menu of things to do is packed with a variety of choices.

Ride your road bike across the Colorado National Monument and discover amazing views of monoliths, big horn sheep, and the entire valley.

Walk where dinosaurs once roamed and see their tracks and bones.

Hike in the second highest concentration of arches outside of Arches National Park.

Saddle your horse and enjoy the peace of miles of trails among wild desert flowers and old mines.

Ride your cruiser bike downtown and take in a Thursday night concert in the park or shop fresh, local grown produce at the farmers market.

Demo the top new mountain bikes all weekend long during Fruita Fat Tire Festival.

Ride your mountain bike on world-famous single track trails only minutes away from your home before work, during lunch or after work.

Discover an endless array of landscape to trail run.

Experience Mike the Headless Chicken Festival — you have to be there to understand — or any of the 30-plus events each year.

Push yourself in a cycling, total body or yoga class at the recreation center and come back later for a swim all year long. Children love the rock climbing wall, lazy river or zero entry swim/play area.

Take in more than 240 days of sun each year.

Choose from multiple music venues every week while having a local craft beer and/or specialty food at a local eatery.

Spend an evening at the Rim Rock Rodeo or another outdoor concert at Fruita’s James M. Robb State Park.

Step back in time while your kids walk or ride their bikes to excellent schools on the paved trail system connecting neighborhoods and schools.

Raft the Colorado River.

Golf at Adobe Creek National Golf Course or throw a disc at one of two local disc golf courses.

Pump the track at the Fruita Bike Park.

Choices are in abundance in Fruita and the list goes on. Fruita’s quality of life is unique, authentic and off the charts.

So, why Fruita? Most of all it’s the familiar faces you will see while watching your kids in youth sports or shopping for groceries, who make you feel right at home and part of a real community. And it’s the evening walks amidst the laughter of children playing and neighbors chatting while the sun sets amidst the backdrop of the Bookcliffs or Colorado National Monument. When you choose Fruita, you will love where you live.

Mike Bennett is a husband, father of three and Fruita’s City Manager who loves the outdoors and living in Fruita.

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