Looking for Singletrack glory? Stay in Palisade, Colorado, where adventurous riders can find a variety of mountain bike trails and diverse terrain in every direction. From the red rock desert trails just 28 miles west on Monument Road, to the beautiful downhill forest trails of the Colorado Grand Mesa, Palisade is your gateway to all levels of riding.
Wake up and conquer the Palisade Rim Trail, offering the accomplished rider breathtaking views from 1,000 feet above the valley floor. This track is considered extremely advanced and requires focus and skill. There are parts of the trail that could be dangerous to the inexperienced rider so be sure to ride with caution along the towering cliffs. Ride the lower loop for quick switchbacks and technical challenges, then catch your breath at the top for scenic views of vineyards and orchards along the Colorado River. Finish the climb to the upper loop through rocks, twists, and plenty of cliff exposure, then get ready for the anticipated descent down the west side of the loop. Eight hundred feet back down to the parking lot is sure to provide you with a hefty adrenaline fix, at least for the day!
If desert riding is what you came for, travel just 30 minutes west to the base of the Colorado National Monument. Ride amongst stunning red rocks at the locals’ favorite “Lunch Loop” trail system. This hotspot showcases over 50 possible routes with levels ranging from kids/beginner to extremely difficult. Choose a quick morning ride on “Pet-e-kes,” and then extend your trip by hitting “Eagles Wing” to “Pre-Nup” and “Holy Cross” for technical challenges, or “High Noon” to the “Ali Ali Loop” for an intermediate outing.
Need something different? Just head the other direction! The base of the Grand Mesa is only 30 minutes east from Palisade and offers cooler temperatures and unique, Alpine terrain. Check out the downhill bike park at Powderhorn Mountain Resort for challenging rides through miles of aspen and spruce trees. This summer destination is great for experienced riders who want to get out of the heat, or new riders who would like to experience downhill biking with nearby resources like rentals, relaxation, and mountain bike classes to improve skills. View the map of the bike park and check out this Powderhorn Mountain Resort bike park video:
At the top of the Grand Mesa, riders will find a variety of trails as well, including the Mesa Top Trail, Flowing Park Trail, and the West Bench Trail.
Whether you want to play around in the rolling hills of Palisade’s Bookcliffs or travel down the I-70 interstate to Fruita’s famous 18 Road trail system, all riders should finish their day at Palisade’s favorite local hotspots. From scenic outdoor winery patios and taprooms, to local craft breweries and artisan cafés, Palisade is full of unique locations to relax and enjoy the Colorado outdoors. Adventurous riders will definitely need more than one day to enjoy all the area has to offer.