The Palisade Plunge is multi-use trail currently under construction in the town of Palisade, Colorado.  When completed, the Palisade Plunge will start on Grand Mesa at the Mesa Top Trailhead in Grand Mesa National Forest and ending at the Palisade Rim Trailhead just east of downtown Palisade.  The trail, which is sure to become a premier mountain bike shuttle, will descend 6,000 feet over 32 miles when complete starting at over 10,500’ among pine and aspens and finishing along the Colorado River at around 4500’.


The entire Palisade Plunge is slated for completion sometime in 2021.  Phase I construction, the section from Palisade to just below the rim of Grand Mesa where it crosses Lands End Road is due to be completed sometime in Summer 2020. Lands End Road starts just a few hundred yards from Mesa Top Trailhead, the eventual “top” trailhead for the Plunge.  To support the Plunge please visit the COPMOBA website:  Power the Plunge


Plunge to Palisade offers a single-day, self-guided tour on the Palisade Plunge Trail. We pickup on BLM land 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. We include a cue sheet map of the trail and expert guidance of what to expect. This is an expert-level trail and it’s our job to make sure you stay safe and have fun on your self-guided adventure.

COST: $30 per person for your self-guided tour (3-person minimum in each van)


Plunge to Palisade is a division of Hermosa Tours, LLC. Hermosa Tours has operated self-guided tours (ranging from 10 days to one day) across Colorado, Utah and Arizona for over 12 years. We operate this self-guided tour under permit with:

  • The Bureau of Land Management, Grand Junction Field Office
  • Grand Mesa National Forest, Grand Valley Ranger District
  • US Department of Transportation – #2584192


Palisade Plunge Trail construction continues amidst pandemic


In a time when many plans are being canceled, Mesa County is happy to say one thing isn’t– Palisade Plunge Trail construction…. Read more

Palisade Plunge backers secure $527,000 grant 

Supporters of a singletrack mountain bike trail that will drop from the top of Grand Mesa to Palisade can do a little bunny hop… Read more

Palisade Plunge work continuing

The crews working on the Palisade Plunge are continuing to make progress with only the last few miles left on phase one of the massive trail construction project left to go…. Read more

Palisade approves Plunge Parking Project


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

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