PALISADE, Colo. — For every outdoor adventure seeker bored with the current mountain paths, fortunately there is progress on the new Palisade Plunge Trail.
Phase 1 of the trail is expected to be competed by the end of September, which includes finishing the final mile of the path and installing directional signs.
Phase 2 began in the spring and is expect to be done by December. So far, workers have completed 8 miles of the trail at the top of the Mesa, and construction methods have been approved for preserving the original look of Otto’s wall.
All construction should be done by 2021, but that all depends on weather conditions.
Until then, many people cannot wait to ride and hike. Laura Page, a Mesa County construction group manager, says, “it’s going to be an awesome trail. It is, especially this lower portion, going to require more experience riders, just because of the length of the trail and the remoteness of it.”
However, if you would rather hike the trail, Page says the 5 miles to the first rim are not as difficult.