Recreation

Biking

Explore a variety of trails and roads for Mountain Bikes, Road Rides and easy Cruiser rides. Mountain bike trails range from beginner rides on Horse Mountain to challenging climbs up the new Palisade Rim Mountain Bike Trail that overlooks the Grand Valley. For road touring or cruising, take one of three routes of the Fruit & Wine Byway, an easy 5-mile cruise to 25 miles across East Orchard Mesa. Meander through orchards and vineyards, and visit a few wineries along the way, or ride along the beautiful setting of the Colorado River. Rentals and bike sales are available in Palisade.

Rapid Creek Cycles located here in beautiful downtown Palisade has all your biking necessities from rentals to trails assistance, and bike maintenance. Visit the link below for their website.

www.rapidcreekcycles.com

River Floating

Take a scenic float trip on the Colorado River from Palisade to James M. Robb Colorado River State Park at Corn Lake. One of Palisade’s gems is Riverbend Park, with a boat ramp called Harky’s Launch. Rentals include rafts, stand up paddle boards, canoes and kayaks.

Here in Palisade “… you have your choice of taking a guided float trip or a self guided tour in a Raft, Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayak, or Canoe by renting from Rapid Creek Cycles and Sports . This trip takes 2½ to 3½ hours depending on the river flow. This is a great experience for the family or an afternoon cocktail float. Swimsuits are recommended since you could get wet.” Rapid Creek Cycles and Sports also offers Stand Up Paddle Board lessons for you, your family, or friends. Reservations Required and Personal Float Times Can Be Scheduled.

Please visit their website www.palisaderivertrips.com

Hiking

Hike the Mt. Garfield Trail for the best views of the Grand Valley. Four miles east on Interstate 70, trails lead up Coal and Main Canyons into the Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Range – one of only three federally-protected wild horse areas in the United States. Rapid Creek offers an opportunity to hike alongside a beautiful stream. The Pictograph Trail has some of the Grand Valley’s finest pictograph panels.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing opportunities include a drive through the area’s vineyards and orchards, a ride up the Grand Mesa National Scenic Byway, or a visit to nearby Colorado National Monument, to name a few. At over 10,500 feet, Grand Mesa is known as the world’s largest flat top mountain and is home to moose, bear, elk, deer and more than 200 lakes.

Skiing

With an average snowfall of 250 inches and a vertical drop of 1,650 feet, Powderhorn Resort is located just beneath the top of Grand Mesa. It offers great skiing and riding for all abilities. Nordic skiing includes more than 50 miles of groomed trails atop the Grand Mesa.