Photo: Joey Early, The Colorado Sun
Palisade Plunge: A New Mountain Bike Trail Set To Open After 10 Years of Work
The Palisade Plunge is a new trail in Mesa County that has been in the works for over 10 Years. Through the collective work of federal agencies, local municipalities, and nonprofits/state agencies, this project is finally coming to fruition. Check out what the Colorado Sun has to say about the new project:
“The 32-mile, soon-to-open Palisade Plunge is the most anticipated mountain bike trail to debut in a decade in Colorado. It’s taken more than 10 years of negotiations between federal and state agencies, local communities, mountain bikers and private landowners. And the end result is a trail that will challenge even the most skilled mountain bikers as they bounce down the crown jewel of the Grand Valley’s blossoming outdoor recreation economy.
But the Palisade Plunge is more than an economic engine luring mountain bikers who are expected to deliver as much as $5 million a year to Mesa County. And it’s more than a destination-worthy trail that traverses distinct alpine-to-desert ecosystems, blending rolling singletrack with technical, high-consequence terrain and unrivaled vistas…
…Descending more than 6,000 vertical feet from the top of the Grand Mesa to Palisade’s verdant vineyards along the Colorado River, the trail is set to join Colorado’s Monarch Crest and Utah’s Whole Enchilada as mountain bike rides that draw hardy pedalers from all corners. ”