PALISADE, Colo. — There is good news for every outdoor adventure seeker in the Grand Valley. The challenging Palisade Plunge is one step closer to officially opening.
Phase 1 of the Plunge will be completed by the end of the month. It will open the 17 miles of a single-track trail from Lands End Road to the Palisade Rim. And construction of Phase 2 at the top of the Grand Mesa is now underway.
This morning community members met on the Grand Mesa to applaud everyone’s efforts on the project. The Palisade Plunge is expected to be a nationally recognized trail and an economic engine. The path is expected to contribute $5,000,000 annually to the local economy, and it could not have been possible without community teamwork. Rose Pugliese, Mesa County Commissioner, says the trail is going to set the tone, “not just for Mesa County, and what it can do for us economically, but for the whole country as a model of when a community comes together to get something done.”
In addition, the 32-mile trail is expected to officially open by spring.