Palisade Rim Trail Mountain Biking

West of Grand Junction and southeast Palisade, the 9 mile Palisade Rim Trail is a new addition to the mountain biking scene in the greater Grand Junciton region. It was formerly locally known as the Petroglyph Trail, and after rework in 2011, it was reopened as the Palisade Rim Trail. The trail system consists of two interconnected loops with a total mileage of 9 miles and a vertical ascent of 1,475 feet. You can expect to find plenty of stout switchbacks leading from the river valley up to the rim. Once up on the rim there are two interconnect loops generally running south that are separated by a climb.

To reach the Palisade Rim Trail mountain biking trailhead from US70, use Exit #42 for Palisade. Follow off ramp road heading south for 0.75 miles. Turn left heading east on US6 (aka W. 8th Street) for 2.8 miles to the dirt parking area on the left next to the Colorado River. Start riding back west on US6 for 0.2 miles. There is a fenced in corridor that heads up hill on the side of the road that is opposite from the Colorado River. This is where the Palisade Rim Trail begins.

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Palisade Rim Trail Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  BLM (970) 244-3000; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Rapid Creek Cycles, Palisade (970) 464-9266.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bikers Guide To Colorado" from Dan Hickstein

Recommended Map:  "Fruita/Grand Junction Trail Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Island Acres Campground (970) 464-0548

Luxury Loding:  Dreamcatcher Bed and Breakfast, Palisade (970) 464-9900

Breakfast Restaurant:  Slice O Life Bakery, Palisade

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Date Updated:  8/4/2016

Palisade Rim Trail Mountain Biking Map


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