The Palisade Plunge – 32 miles of downhill, backcountry singletrack bliss

This trail will be open to all recreational, non-motorized users including hiking, biking and trail running. Equestrian use is permitted from miles 1-18. Dogs are permitted on a leash.

Plunge from the top of the Grand Mesa National Forest 32 miles downhill through breathtaking  back-country trails and challenging terrain. The Palisade Plunge trail connects the top of the Grand Mesa to the valley floor and the town of Palisade, Colorado. Descend 6000’ feet in elevation on the fast, fun, high-energy trail through untravelled public lands and unbelievable scenery. This trail is guaranteed to keep your endorphins pumping all the way into the Town of Palisade. The Palisade Plunge offers a net descent that is matched by only a couple of mountain biking trails in the country.

The Palisade Plunge is currently under construction.

Projected Opening: Phase I (lower half of route) Fall 2020

Projected Opening: Phase 2 (full completion) Spring 2021

Check back for updates and Grand Opening information

All types of terrain in one singletrack adventure – From forest, to meadows, to streams and desert, this ride will keep bikers on the edge of their seats with new challenges at every turn. Conquer the mountain as you pass through land that is historically unused, exploring a variety of terrain from alpine to high desert environments. Travel through rock spires, lava fields, aspen groves and stunning landmarks encompassing the Grand Valley, the Bookcliff Range, the Colorado National Monument, and Unaweep Canyon. Descend past Coal Creek, Shirttail Point, Lands End, Whitewater and Watson Creek. Cross the Colorado River for the last mile of paved riding and finish in Downtown Palisade, Colorado, where you can relax and enjoy a variety of farm-to-table food, craft brews, spirits and award-winning Colorado wines!

Trailhead:The Palisade Plunge begins at the Mesa Top Trail Head. 10,719 ft in elevation, this high-altitude trail head starts with stunning views through dark forests and high meadows. Travel up the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway to begin your journey.

Forest Rd 1151B

Eckert, CO 81418

Thank you to our friends at COPMOBA for providing sneak peek photos to the Palisade Plunge and for working countless hours on one of the most remarkable mountain bike trails in the country.

Transportation Options

Palisade Plunge Cycle and Shuttle

Don’t stress about your vehicle!  Catch a ride to the trailhead from Palisade Plunge Cycle & Shuttle. Located in downtown Palisade, Palisade Cycle and Shuttle has everything you need to enjoy your day on the Plunge. Rent top-of-the-line mountain bikes and helmets, check out maps of Palisade and get ready for an unforgettable experience.

Call Rapid Creek Cycles for departure times and availability: 970-464-9266


Pali-Tours is very excited to provide shuttle opportunities for the highly anticipated Palisade Plunge! Our local knowledge of the area will set you up for a successful experience. We will be offering multiple daily shuttles from your hotel, Airbnb, or campground in Palisade to the Grand Mesa and the starting line for your purely epic descent. Ask us about your post ride adventures to local wineries, farms, orchards and restaurants.

Call Pali-Tours for departure times and availability: 970-697-8134

After the Ride

Once you arrive in-town, ambitious riders can continue their adventure, with a leisurely road biking tour of the famous Fruit &Wine Byway. Choose from three distinct routes travelling through acres of blooming orchards, vineyards and farms. Explore the many flavors of Colorado wine country at over 25 local wineries with tasting rooms. Explore Palisade by bike, or book a guided wine tour. 

Celebrate your journey as you relax in Palisade. Home of the Best Cider, Distillery and Winery in the Rockies!

talbotts cider tap room