Want to ride 32 miles of amazing singletrack? Phase I of the Palisade Plunge is open as of May 29, 2021! An epic point to point challenge, from the alpine aspen groves of the Grand Mesa to the desert shores of the Colorado River, the Palisade Plunge is truly a plunge through unique scenery and unbelievable experience. This is not a beginner ride, and even intermediate rides will find it quite difficult. All who choose to drop in will be rewarded with incredible purpose-built singeltrack and amazing views of the San Juans, Uncompahgre Plateau, Colorado Monument, and the omnipresent Book Cliffs. Come experience the thrill of descending over 6000′ in 32 miles.
Phase I provides ~17 mi of trail along the stunning west flank of the Grand Mesa. This section begins on Lands End Road, approximately three miles below the Lands End Observatory, and traverses over the forested slopes of the Mesa to a classic desert canyon at Hwy. 6 and the Palisade Rim Trailhead. This section of the Palisade Plunge navigates remote, backcountry terrain with some sections of extreme exposure that require high levels of confidence and skill to ride. Less experienced riders may easily get in a difficult position with no alternate routes except backtracking to Lands End Road. Trail enthusiasts are encouraged to carefully consider their experience, skills, and preparedness before taking “The Plunge”. Be sure to bring plenty of food and water with you and appropriate clothing and bike repair supplies. No water is available at the route start point or on the trail.
Plunge to Palisade offers mountain bike shuttles on the Palisade Plunge Trail. We pickup at the Palisade Rim Trailhead near Palisade, CO and drop off on US Forest Service land on top of Grand Mesa on Grand Mesa National Forest. Currently (as of 6/4/21) the bottom 17 miles is shuttleable and open to the public. There is approximately 1400’ of climbing in this section and about 4500’ of descending.
COST: $30 per person for your self-guided tour (3-person minimum in each van)
Plunge to Palisade is a marketing and booking partner of Absolute Prestige Limousine in Loma, CO. They operate under special use permit with Grand Mesa National Forest and Common Carrier Authority from the Colorado Public Utility Commission #55925
Plunge to Palisade highly recommends Bicycle Outfitters in nearby Grand Junction for Bike Rentals for the Palisade Plunge and any bike service or gear you might need. Check out their great selection of Rental Bikes here and use the code “PLUNGE” to receive a discount on your rental:
In this July 25, 2019 file photo, partners heave a shovel to mark beginning the Palisade Plunge Trail. When completed it will be a 32-mile single-track trail from the top of Grand Mesa to the Town of Palisade. Partner organizations include: Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail… Read more