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U.S. Forest Service Approves Palisade Plunge

Grand Junction, CO - The planned Palisade Plunge bike trail cleared another hurdle as it got the green light from the U.S. Forest Service.

The proposed 32-mile single-track trail will start at the top of the Grand Mesa and go down to the town of Palisade. The trail is expected to draw in bike enthusiasts and provide as much as $2.5 million annually to the area economy.

Below is the full announcement from the Forest Service:


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.

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