Things to do Nearby
Palisade, CO
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Palisade Riverbend Trail

Palisade, CO

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 3.5 miles (out-and-back)

Elevation Gain: None

This paved trail meanders along the Colorado River and is perfect for easy strolls and biking!

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Palisade Rim Trail (Upper)

Palisade, CO

Difficulty: VERY HARD

Distance: 8.5 Miles (loop)

Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet

This trail has a stretch that runs along a steep cliff. Caution advised if you're scared of heights! Plenty of great views!

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Mount Garfield

Palisade, CO

Difficulty: VERY HARD

Distance: 4 miles (out-and-back)

Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet

This is a STEEP and HARD climb, but the views are worth it! Start early and take water as it gets hot outside!

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Serpents Trail

Grand Junction, CO

Difficulty: Moderate/Hard

Distance: 3.4 miles (out-and-back)

Elevation Gain: 800 feet

Great for beginners. This wide, easy to follow trail has great views looking back towards Palisade!

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Palisade Rim Trail (Lower)

Palisade, CO

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 3.5 Miles (loop)

Elevation Gain: 600 feet

Located close to camp this scenic trail has a steep climb and great views! See if you can spot your camper!

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Stagecoach Trail

Palisade, CO

Difficulty: Hard

Distance: 5 Miles (out-and-back)

Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet

Access is a little tricky, but possible. This trail is part of the historical old stage line that ran through the Valley. 

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Devil's Kitchen Trail

Grand Junction, CO

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Distance: 1.6 miles (out-and-back)

Elevation Gain: 400 feet

Surround yourself by interesting rock formations as you hike into Devil's Kitchen!

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Monument Canyon Loop Trail

Grand Junction, CO

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 4.5 miles (loop)

Elevation Gain: 800 feet

Another trail with great views. As with any hike around here, bring plenty of water!

 
Hiking
Biking (Mountain, Road, and Downhill)
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Palisade to Fruita Bike Path

Palisade, CO

Type: Road/Pavement

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 50 miles (out & back)

Elevation Gain: None

This paved trail meanders along the Colorado River and is perfect for easy, scenic ride. Go as far as you want!

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Stagecoach Trail

Palisade, CO

Type: Mountain

Difficulty: Advanced

Distance: 5 Miles (out-and-back)

Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet

Access is a little tricky, but possible. This trail has a steep climb and some tricky navigation through slickrock.

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The Palisade Plunge (32 Miles of Downhill!)

Palisade, CO

Type: Downhill/Mountain

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 32 miles

Elevation Gain: 6,000 feet down!

 Book a shuttle and enjoy 32 miles of downhill bliss back into Palisade! Trail construction complete Spring 2021! 

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18 Road Area (Kessel Run, PBR, Zippity Do Dah)

Fruita, CO

Type: Mountain

Difficulty: Easy to Advanced

Distance: Lots of miles!

Elevation Gain: Plenty!

If you're a mountain biker then this area is definitely worth the trip. Singletrack for days...

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Flowing Park Loop

Grand Mesa National Forest, CO

Type: Mountain

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 15.2 Miles (loop)

Elevation Gain: 500 feet

Looking for an escape from the heat? Grand Mesa is about an hour away and over 10,000 feet elevation! 

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Fruit and Wine Byway

Palisade, CO

Type: Road

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 5, 7, or 25 mile loops

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Enjoy the open road as you visit wineries, orchards, gardens, and fruit stands around Palisade!

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Rim Rock Drive

Grand Junction, CO

Type: Road

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 33 Miles (loop)

Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet

A classic Colorado road ride filled with a big climb, a fun descent, and scenic views! Bring plenty of water!

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Lunch Loops (The Ribbon, Gunny Loop, Curt's Lane)

Grand Junction, CO

Type: Mountain

Difficulty: Easy to Advanced

Distance: Lots of miles!

Elevation Gain: Plenty!

A few easy trails, but mostly moderate to advanced. Even a few downhill routes. Great views! 

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Kokopelli Loops (Rustlers, Mary's, Horsethief, Steve's)

Loma, CO

Type: Mountain

Difficulty: Easy to Advanced

Distance: Lots of miles!

Elevation Gain: Plenty!

Arguably, the best trails in all of Colorado. Of course, gorgeous desert views abound.

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Powderhorn Bike Park

Grand Mesa National Forest, CO

Type: Downhill/Mountain

Difficulty: Easy to Advanced

Distance: 11 total miles

Elevation Loss: 1,700 feet

Access nearly 11 miles of downhill biking via the ski resort's chair lifts! 

 
On the Water
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Fishing Licenses

Fishing in Colorado requires a license. You can buy them online or in retails stores, like Walmart. 

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James M Robb State Park

Palisade to Fruita, CO

Stretching from just east of Palisade all the way to Fruita, this park has five sections knows at "the string of pearls" offering river and lake-based recreation.

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Grand Mesa National Forest

Grand Mesa, CO

The Land 'O Lakes and Mesa Lakes areas both offer great access to countless lakes, fishing, and boating. 

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Kayak and SUP Rentals

Rent gear to hit the water on your own or head out for a guided river trip! What better way to beat the heat?

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Riverbend Park

Palisade, CO

Colorado River access, stocked fishing pond, boat ramps, playground, easy paved walking path, and an 18-hole disc golf course!

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Highline Lake State Park

Loma, CO

A good warm-water lake place for bass, crappie, and catfish fishing and maybe even a little birding. 

 
Wineries
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Varaision Vineyards

Palisade, CO

Tasting room is located in a 100+ year old victorian estate Home. Reserve a bike tour through the winery.

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Whitewater Hill Vineyards

Palisade, CO

$5 tasting fee, free with bottle purchase. Pets allowed on the patio! 

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Talon Winery

Palisade, CO

Offer the largest tasting rooms and gift shops of its kind in CO! Fresh fudge made and sold on site, too! Reservations recommended for tasting.

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Colterris Winery

Palisade, CO

Two locations, both with tasting rooms. Horseback tours through vineyard are available!

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Garfield Estates

Palisade, CO

Family owned vineyard and winery focusing on Colorado Estate grown grapes. Open 7 days a week. 

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Colorado Cellars

Palisade, CO

Colorado Cellars Winery is Colorado's oldest, largest, and most award-winning winery!

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Graystone Winery

Clifton, CO

Colorado's only port house! Graystone Winery specializes in rube red and white ports! 

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Vines 79 Wine Barn

Palisade, CO

Rustic setting. Small two-acre vineyard has won many local/international competitions in their 10 year existence.

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Maison la Belle Vie Winery

Palisade, CO

Charcuterie boards available with tastings! 

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De Beque Canyon Winery

Grand Junction, CO

$25 Tastings include cheese, bread, fruit and a complimentary glass.

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Meadery of the Rockies

Palisade, CO

Tastings available on site, reservations recommended.   Part of the Talon Winery brands.  

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Grande River Vineyards

Palisade, CO

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the demo vineyard, followed by a free guided tour of the crushing area, tanks, barrels, bottling, and tasting room!

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Red Fox Cellars

Palisade, CO

A comfortable, relaxing space with a rustic and inviting feel. Wine cocktails and ciders also available! 

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Carlson Vineyards

Palisade and Grand Junction, CO

Visit the tasting room for their awarded Riesling, their sweet Cherry n'Chocolate, and lots more!

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Avant Vineyards

Palisade, CO

Tasting room. Recommended to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while sampling the wines and enjoying the view!

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Mesa Park Vineyards

Palisade, CO

Award winning reds include Family Reserve Red, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon! 

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Two Rivers Winery

Grand Junction, CO

Offers tours and tastings on a 15-acre property with breathtaking views. Open 7 days a week!

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Bookcliff Vineyard

Palisade, CO

Guided tours available with reservations. 

 
Peaches and More
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U-Pick Orchards

Palisade, CO

Too many options to list here! Click on the photo to the left to get started on your orchard tour!

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Fruit & Wine Byway

Palisade, CO

This area is known for its fruit (specifically peaches) and its wine. Enjoy both on this scenic route!

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Thursday Farmer's Market

Grand Junction, CO

Located in downtown, this market is a showcase of products from the western slope and the rest of Colorado. 

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Sunday Farmer's Market

Palisade, CO

Produce, crafts, musicians, wineries, chef demonstrations, and more! Stock up before leaving T@borado!

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Fruit Stands

Palisade, CO

Don't feel like picking your own fruit? That's fine, there's plenty of fruit stands to choose from, too!

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Farm Tours and Agrotourism

Palisade, CO

"Local tour companies provide educational tours through orchards, alpaca farms,  and historical locations."

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Saturday Farmer's Market

Fruita, CO

Produce, crafts, ready-to-eat food, local artists, and a lot more! Located in Reed Park.

Lavender Fields

Lavender Farms

Palisade, CO

Lavender is one of the newest and fastest growing industries on the western slope! 

 
Distilleries & Breweries
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Peach Street Distillers

Palisade, CO

The wide offering of spirits at Peach Street Distillers means there's something for everyone! 

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Talbott's Cider Company

Palisade, CO

Not a brewery, but who cares? This place makes great cider that'll cool you off on a hot summer day!

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Kannah Creek Brewing Company

Grand Junction, CO

Both the Kannah Creek and Edgewater locations offer full food menus and an extensive beer selection!

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Monumental Beer Works

Grand Junction, CO

Offering gluten-reduced beers and rotating food trucks near the downtown Grand Junction area.

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Copper Club Brewing

Fruita, CO

The taproom is a great place to stop after driving through beautiful Colorado National Monument! 

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Palisade Brewing Company

Palisade, CO

Great beer! Great food! Only 1.5 miles away from camp! Be sure to check out the nightly food specials!

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Highlands Craft Distillery

Grand Junction, CO

Refreshing gin and vodka drinks that hit the spot on a hot summer day!

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Ramblebine Brewing Company

Grand Junction, CO

Located in downtown Grand Junction. A great place to stop in for a beer while sightseeing!

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Rockslide & Brewery

Grand Junction, CO

Grand Junction's original brewpub serving up beer, wine, and cocktails alongside a great food menu!

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Suds Brothers Brewery

Fruita, CO

Traditional pub fare, great beers, and a full bar make this a perfect stop while in downtown Fruita!

 
Sightseeing
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Rim Rock Drive

Colorado National Monument

This 23-mile paved road showcasing where the mountains meet the desert has scenic viewpoints and hiking. 

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Fruit & Wine Byway

Palisade, CO

This area is known for its fruit (specifically peaches) and its wine. Enjoy both on this scenic route!

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Air Force Museum

Grand Junction, CO

The Museum features a collection of historical displays, memorabilia, and aviation art. Open Saturdays only.

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Cameo Shooting Complex

Palisade, CO

Shooting range facility with everything from archery and sporting clays to a Long Range Precision Range.

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Disc Golf at Riverbend Park

Palisade, CO

Relive your college days! This 18-hole course is a great way to get outside on a hot summer day! 

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Grand Mesa Scenic Byway

Mesa to Cedaredge, CO

This 63-mile drive takes you from the Grand Valley to the largest flat-top mountain in the world!

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Golf

Grand Junction to Grand Mesa

Plenty of course to choose from in the area! See how much farther you can hit at higher elevation!

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Mustang Sanctuary

Glade Park, CO

"A mustang horse sanctuary showcasing America's wild horse in a publically accessible location."

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Suncrest Orchard Alpacas

Palisade, CO

Specializes in raising alpacas, manufacturing yarn, and making clothing. Tours available. 

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Sprockets Segway Tours

Palisade, CO

Several guided tours available; including distillery/brewery tours, wine tours, and sightseeing tours.