Palisade is a great little town nestled into the East end of the Grand Valley. We enjoy a rich array of orchards, farms, vineyards, excellent wineries, breweries, distilleries, and accomodations of all sorts. We sit at the base of the Grand Mesa and the Bookcliff range of mountains - both of which provide astounding local trails and scenery. Cycling experiences here range from beautifull road and cruiser touring to ultra-challenging singletrack. The NY Times published a feature article on Palisade that illustrates some of our unique local features.
Most visitors to the area will enjoy a short, 10-mile loop through the vineyards and orchards. This very flat, casual route suited to all abilities - even if you haven't been on a bike in years. Most of the area's wine tasting rooms and fruit vendors are within an easy pedal of downtown.
Riders looking for a few more miles will enjoy the 25-mile "Fruit Loop". The quiet, scenic roads of East Orchard Mesa make this route popular with cyclists. The route generally flat with "one big hill" on 38 Road.
If you visit any of these places,
tell them the guys at Rapid Creek Cycles sent you!