As the Colorado River emerges from DeBeque Canyon, the Book Cliffs and Grand Mesa provide towering backdrops for Palisade. From Colorado’s uplands, early-morning winds funnel through the canyon. These winds, referred to as the “Million Dollar Breeze,” significantly reduce frost conditions and provide a temperate climate. Over millions of years, the Colorado River has continually changed its course through the Palisade area, leaving rich sediments behind. An extensive system of irrigation canals provides the final touch for ideal growing conditions.
Colorado’s Fruit & Wine Country
Palisade is the Peach Capital of Colorado. Aside from peaches, this area also produces an excellent selection of apples, apricots, cherries, pears, and plums. Fresh fruit and produce, as well as packaged fruit products, are abundant at roadside stands and orchards throughout the area.
Also known as the Wine Capital of Colorado, Palisade has the state’s greatest concentration of wineries and vineyards. Every winery offers tastings, award-winning wines, and unique gift ideas. We encourage you to take a self-guided tour and sample these wines yourself. Featured wines include Merlots, Chardonnays, Rieslings, Ports, sparkling wines and varietals.
Downtown Palisade– Attractions, Art Galleries, Shopping and Dining:
Sample microbrews and distilled spirits at the Palisade Brewery and Peach Street Distillers. Taste some of the Grand Valley’s best cookies, breads and cakes at Slice O’ Life Bakery. Shop Arts & Antiques of Palisade, The Blue Pig Gallery, The Twisted Brick and Wedel Pottery for outstanding works of art. Take a historical walking tour of downtown. Palisade is becoming known for its dining– restaurants range from cafes to bistros, and include American, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean and Japanese cuisines.
Year-Round, Outdoor Mecca:
Biking: Mountain bike trails range from beginner rides like the Rolling Double Track around Horse Mountain to challenging climbs up Rapid Creek, which cascades down from the top of Grand Mesa. For road touring, choose from three different routes of the Fruit Loop Cycling Tour – ride along the Colorado River and through a beautiful setting of orchards and vineyards. Rentals and bike sales are available in town at Rapid Creek Cycles.
River Floats: Take a scenic float trip on the Colorado River from Palisade to James M. Robb Colorado River State Park at Corn Lake. One of Palisade’s gems is Riverbend Park, with a boat ramp called “Harky’s Launch.”
Tours: Take your pick of tours – eight orchards and farms, six vineyards and wineries, Palisade Brewery or Peach Street Distillers. Each tour provides a unique experience — including organic orchards; community supported agriculture (CSA’s); packaged fruit products; fruit stands; large commercial orchards; and vineyards brimming with an assortment of grapes. Indoor tours of wineries, distillery and brewery operations capture the craftsmanship and essence of beverage-making.
Palisade is a great place to live and play in Colorado!