The Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway is a favorite of bicyclists from all over the world. Experience the beautiful orchards, lavender gardens, world class vineyards, premium wineries and fresh farm market fruit stands along the way. Explore historic downtown Palisade, tour along the scenic Colorado River and enjoy some of the best vistas of the Grand Valley. Over a dozen of the area’s 20+ wineries are located along the Fruit & Wine Byway.

Three loops of differing lengths make up the Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway. The East Cruiser Loop is an easy, 5-mile tour that starts and ends in downtown Palisade and follows the Colorado River. You’ll see the most wineries on the 7-mile West Cruiser Loop that takes you through scenic Riverfront Park. The 25-mile East Orchard Mesa Loop is hillier and offers the best vistas of the valley. You’ll pass by many orchards, vineyards and wineries on your ride.

Source: Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway copy from CRAFT recovery mentor project

 

(40.56 km)

 

Skill Level

Beginner

Elevation gain

Travel Tips

  • Rent an e-bike, road bike or cruiser and grab a map of the Byway from Rapid Creek Cycles.
  • As the names imply, cruiser bikes are suitable for the East and West Cruiser Loops, but you’ll want a road or gravel bike for the East Orchard Mesa Loop.
  • Drink plenty of water between winery stops to stay hydrated in the dry climate.
  • Stop in Palisade to pick up snacks to bring on your ride as not every winery tasting room offers food.
  • Late summer is harvest season and the best time to sample apples, apricots, cherries, and of course, Palisade peaches.
Vineyards in the foreground with the Grand Mesa in the background.

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