Nestled in the heart of the Grand Valley, Palisade is an agricultural haven filled with blossoming orchards, lavender fields and acres of vineyards.
Known as Colorado’s private fruit and wine country, Palisade is home to more than 25 local wineries that boast award-winning vintages, tasting rooms, outdoor patios and scenic views of the valley via the town’s Fruit & Wine Byway. In Palisade, you’ll find scheduled wine tours to suit every personality: Take your pick from horse-drawn carriage rides, relaxed limousine cruises or safari-style adventures.
Palisade also plays host to one of the nation’s most popular wine festivals, Colorado Mountain Winefest in September, where you can enjoy everything from sampling cabernet francs and chardonnays to stomping the grapes yourself. This event sells out months in advance, so make sure to buy your tickets early.
Active outdoor lovers will find plenty to do in this valley town: Palisade offers multiple scenic road-bike paths that explore the local fruit stands, art exhibits and historic farms. You’ll also find easy access to more than 50 mountain-bike trails — all within a one-hour drive. Whether you’re seeking the desert terrain of Colorado National Monument or the cooler, aspen-adorned mountains found in the Grand Mesa National Forest, the singletrack trail options from Palisade are nothing short of spectacular. Local bike shops can gear you up with both road- and mountain-bike rentals.
Mountain-bike enthusiasts, you’ll want to make sure you visit during summer of 2020 when the epic Palisade Plunge opens to the public. This one-of-a-kind trail descends 6,000 feet from the top of the Grand Mesa through untouched, backcountry singletrack bliss and is guaranteed to offer a fast, fun and challenging ride.
Plan a family vacation with summer u-pick orchards, float trips, paddleboard lessons and a scenic hike through Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area. Visit nearby museums, conquer the 18-hole disc golf course at Riverbend Park, or schedule a historical farm and agriculture tour.
Every August, the town celebrates the harvest from its 500,000 peach trees with the Palisade Peach Festival. In addition to the festival, area farmers bring a variety of locally grown peaches as well as cherries, apricots and farm-fresh vegetables to the Palisade Sunday Farmers Market every week throughout the summer.
Other unique spring and summer happenings in town include the Palisade International Honeybee Festival in April, the Brews & Cruise Festival in May and the Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival and Colorado Lavender Festival in June.
Come winter, a wonderland of adventure awaits in Palisade. Spend your days enjoying world-class cross-country skiing, ice fishing or snow mobiling on top of the Earth’s largest flat-top mountain, the Grand Mesa. Or, head over to Powderhorn Mountain Resort for downhill skiing and snowboarding, all less than an hour away. Finish your day with fresh farm-to-table cuisine, award-winning wine and spirits from one of many local hot spots.
Lodging options range far and wide, from winery inns and made-over motor lodges to scenic RV sites and tent campgrounds along the Colorado River.