Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Partners Break Ground on Palisade Plunge

Palisade Plunge partners and stakeholders on Wednesday, July 24, broke ground on the 32-mile, single-track trail at the Palisade Rim Trail parking lot, Hwy. 6 and N. River Road.

The event recognized the various federal, state and local partners involved in designing, planning and funding the Palisade Plunge, a 6,000-foot trail descent for mountain bikes and non-motorized recreation uses, from the top of the Grand Mesa to the Town of Palisade.

Speakers included Pete Baier, Mesa County Public Works Director, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners—Chairwoman Rose Pugliese, Scott McInnis and John Justman, Rick May, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, Roger Granat, Town of Palisade Mayor, Greg Caton, City of Grand Junction Manager, Scott Winans, Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) President, Kirk Oldham, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Area Wildlife Manager, and Jerry Krueger, Acting Forest Service Supervisor District Ranger.

The Palisade Plunge Trail project could contribute about $1.9 million annually into Palisade’s economy and an estimated $5 million into the Grand Valley’s economy. The Palisade Plunge will connect with miles of existing trails and offer access to stunning backcountry terrain.

The $4 million project is scheduled to be completed by 2021.

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