The Palisade Plunge is a planned 34-mile trail with a net 6,000 feet of descending that will drop from the top of the Grand Mesa down to the town of Palisade, Colorado.
According to a press release from the BLM this trail is one of Governor Hickenlooper’s “Colorado 16” trail initiatives. According to the release, “Supporters of the project estimate that, if approved, the project could infuse $1.9 million annually into Palisade’s economy and $5 million annually into the broader Grand Valley
The project continues to make headway, and it’s now open for public comment. You don’t have to be a local to comment, so please feel free to speak out in support of this epic project!
The time to start raising money for the Palisade Plunge trail is here. The Environmental Assessment is signed, plans are laid, and construction is planned to begin in Spring 2019. Funding is critical, and match $ are hyper critical right now
Grand Junction, Colorado, August 28, 2018 – The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests’ Grand Valley Ranger District approved the Palisade Plunge Trail early last week.
When constructed, the Palisade Plunge Trail will be a 32-mile single-track trail that will feature a unique 6,000 foot descent for mountain bikes and other non-motorized recreation from the top of the Grand Mesa to the Town of Palisade. Access to the new trail begins at the Mesa Top Trailhead along Highway 65 or from other approved access points along the trail such as Lands End Road or the Palisade Rim Trail. The trail ends in downtown Palisade.
This joint project with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), who approved their portion earlier this summer, has received continual local community support as an economic development opportunity, which would infuse an estimated $2.5 million annually into the local economy.
“It’s been a long time coming, there’s been a good deal of planning work from staff to get to the point we are at now” said Bill Edwards, Grand Valley District Ranger. “We’re pleased with the decision and look forward to working with all of the partners who have helped bring this to fruition.”
Partners include the Town of Palisade, Mesa County, the City of Grand Junction, the Orchard Mesa Irrigation District and the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association in collaboration with the BLM, USFS and BOR to design the Palisade Plunge Trail.