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If you're looking for an excuse to add Western CO (Fruita area) into your upcoming plans..... Over the next 2 years we hope to complete our long awaited Palisade Plunge project here in Western CO. Stay tuned.
During the Phase I drive, we crushed our $30K goal for grant matching funds by raising about $68k. Shows there was some real excitement for this trail. Some of that $$ was carried over to Phase II as it came in after our deadlines for matching funds. As such, our matching goal is less this time around. Short version = Phase I construction is starting & time to start raising matching funds for Phase II!

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Years of work are coming to fruition - COPMOBA and partners are excited to announce that Phase I construction of the Palisade Plunge begins this week! When complete, the Plunge will be 32 miles of amazing singletrack with 6000' of downhill while riding off the Grand Mesa with stunning views over the entire Grand Valley all the way to Palisade! Phase I includes roughly the lower half of the route, and will be the bottom 17 miles of savory singletrack!

With construction kicking off and a groundbreaking ceremony coming up, exciting progress is being made! On top of that, we are kicking off our Power the Plunge fundraising campaign for Phase II of construction!

Phase II will be construction of the upper half of the route, and our goal is to raise $15,000 to go toward required grant match dollars to fund trail construction and to support future maintenance requirements.

When complete, the Palisade Plunge will connect the top of the Grand Mesa (10,700') to the Town of Palisade, CO, (4,700') via 32 miles of sweet riding backcountry singletrack - yes, 6000' of relief, and the style of trail you've come to expect from COPMOBA. The Plunge route also connects with miles and miles of existing awesome trail, and passes through stunning back-country terrain that most riders only dream of. The final connection into downtown Palisade and all the fun amenities there completes via a paved path, and on to the Colorado Riverfront Trail for further connectivity.

Due to the scale of the trail and the terrain through which it will be built, as well as additional parking, trailhead, restroom facilities, and a final paved path section, this project cost is estimated at ~$3.43M. We are obtaining the vast majority of this funding through various grant options, but it is critical that the mountain bike, run, and walk community is able to support the project through a locally driven fundraising campaign. Those grants require matching dollars, and now is the time to pitch in!

The Power the Plunge campaign is the best opportunity for individuals and businesses to donate to this project. Whether you donate $25, $500, or anything in between, every contribution matters. You can donate at any level, at any time, and as often as you'd like. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to Power the Plunge - Phase II, and we can only do it with your help!

Click below for more details and to help Power the Plunge today! After you've donated, please share this post to help spread the word.

https://www.copmoba.org/powertheplunge

https://www.copmoba.org/PowerThePlunge-FAQ
 
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