Thursday, June 30, 2011

Palisade Section of Colorado Riverfront Trails


The Palisade-Riverbend Park Section of the Riverfront Trail can be accessed at 36 1/4 Rd. just south of the Grand Valley Canal. There is a small parking lot with this sign next to the path entrance.

Although it is a relatively short section, it features wonderful views of Mt. Garfield, the Bookcliffs, and the Grand Mesa. I also regularly see different birds on this portion of the trail than on the others. Yesterday I saw American goldfinches, several types of water birds, and possibly a western tanager.

You can stop at Riverbend Park on your way into Palisade, but just be sure to keep your horses off that lawn! Relax in the shade, listen to the sounds of the river and the birds before continuing.

As of June 29th the drinking fountain did not work. There is water from the sinks in the restrooms, but I have no idea what the source of that water is. It would be a good place to refill water bottles if that water is potable. I'll have to check on that.

So far, the only place that I've found along the Riverside Trails where water bottles can be filled (other than gas stations and grocery stores) is Riverside Park just south of the intersection of West Avenue and Broadway. This is a nice place to relax for a few minutes before continuing, especially if you're planning to ride the entire trail.