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ePlanning DOI-BLM-CO-S080-2017-0030-EA (Palisade Plunge Trail)  
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RECREATION PLANNING 
 
 
 
GRAND JUNCTION FIELD OFFICE
PALISADE PLUNGE 
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT


Project Overview:
This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared by the BLM Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO) in cooperation with the Forest Service and the BOR to analyze the proposed construction of 31.6 miles of new singletrack trail and maintenance and use of approximately 34 miles of overall trail. The Palisade Plunge proposal is a collaborative effort between the BLM, the Forest Service Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest (GMUG), BOR, the Town of Palisade, Mesa County, City of Grand Junction, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA). The trail is one of Governor John Hickenlooper’s “Colorado’s 16” initiatives to support trails and promote outdoor recreation in Colorado. Local governments and tourism organizations are also very supportive of the project and view it as a key opportunity for economic development.

Proposed Action:
The Proposed Action is for the BLM and Forest Service to approve construction and maintenance of 31.6 miles of new singletrack trail for mechanized use in Mesa County, Colorado. The primary use of the trail is as a long-distance descent for mountain bikers and other non-motorized recreationists from the top of the Grand Mesa to the Town of Palisade. The trail is open to two-way traffic, and hikers and mountain bikers who wish to ascend from the Palisade Rim Trailhead or from other approved access points to the trail. The trail would also be open to equestrian use from the Mesa Top Trailhead to the boundary between National Forest Service land and BLM-administered public land at Milepost (MP) 18.2. The trail would be closed to equestrian use from this point to the terminus at the west end. Portions of the trail would have a winter closure for wildlife from December 1 to May 1. 

The entire Palisade Plunge Trail would be approximately 34 miles long, with three short connector trails that provide access to and from existing trail systems such as the Palisade Rim Trail. A new trailhead would also be built at Shirttaiilpoint on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Please Note: The proposed trail alignment is saved as a KMZ file. Please visit our Maps - Data page to download files.