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Palisade is a town in the west-central part of the state, known as "The Peach Capital of Colorado." As of the 2010 census, the population of Palisade was 2,692. The mild climate of the area (78 percent sunshine and a 182-day growing season,) has resulted in Palisade being known for its' peach orchards, vineyards and other fruits and vegetables. Peach, pear, apple, cherry and plum trees were planted in Palisade as early as the 1890s. The mild climate also means outdoor recreation is possible all year long. The town of Palisade borders the Bookcliffs and Grand Mesa National Forest, which offer hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, birding, scenic drives and camping. If you're looking to hit the slopes, the nearby Powderhorn Ski Resort is popular for both alpine skiing and snowboarding. This part of Colorado is also known for its' wineries. Palisade is home to two-thirds of the state's vineyard acreage, and more than one fourth of their wineries. The microclimate of sunny days, dry air and cool nights is ideal for producing plump grapes for the area wineries. Other attractions in Palisade include the annual Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival in June, and the Colorado Mountain Winefest in September. Not to be missed in the peach capital of Colorado, however, is the annual Peach Festival, held in August each year. With more than 100 vendors, live music, delicious food and plenty of outdoor activities, the Palisade Peach Festival has something for the whole family.

Surrounding areas: Clifton, Colorado (5.4 mi), Grand Junction, Colorado (11.2 mi), Fruita, Colorado (20.5 mi), Grand Mesa, Colorado (22.4 mi), Cedaredge, Colorado (27.0 mi), Delta, Colorado (29.6 mi)

Palisade Vacation Rentals

Palisade Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Clifton Inn328 I-70 Business LoopClifton, CO5.4 mi.(970) 434-3400
Motel 6 #261776 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO9.6 mi.(970) 243-2628
Residence Inn By Marriott767 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO9.7 mi.(970) 263-4004
Courtyard Grand Junction765 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO9.8 mi.(970) 263-4414
Comfort Inn750 3/4 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO9.9 mi.(970) 245-3335
Holiday Inn755 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO9.9 mi.(970) 243-6790
Ramada Inn752 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO9.9 mi.(970) 243-5150
Doubletree Hotel Grand Junstion743 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO10.0 mi.(970) 241-8888
La Quinta Inn2761 Crossroads BlvdGrand Junction, CO10.1 mi.(970) 241-2929
Quality Inn733 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO10.2 mi.(970) 245-7200
Travelodge-grand Junction704 Horizon DrGrand Junction, CO10.4 mi.(970) 245-3080
West Gate Inn2210 Hwy 6 & 50Grand Junction, CO11.2 mi.(800) 453-9253
Hampton Inn205 Main StGrand Junction, CO12.1 mi.(970) 243-3222
Hawthorn Suites LTD225 Main StGrand Junction, CO12.3 mi.(970) 242-2525
Fruita Comfort Inn400 Jurassic AveFruita, CO21.1 mi.(970) 858-1333
Super 8399 Jurassic AveFruita, CO21.1 mi.(970) 858-0808
La Quinta Inn & Suites Fruita570 Raptor RdFruita, CO21.2 mi.(970) 858-8850
Howard Johnson Express Inn530 South Grand Mesa DrCedaredge, CO27.2 mi.(970) 856-7824
Holiday Inn Express - Parachute221 Grand Valley WayParachute, CO28.5 mi.(970) 285-2330
Comfort Inn-delta180 Gunnison River DrDelta, CO29.2 mi.(970) 874-1000
Riverwood Inn677 Hwy 50 NDelta, CO29.6 mi.(970) 874-5787

Palisade Weather & Climate

West-central Colorado, near the Utah border, has a high desert climate. It can be classified as either semi-arid to arid, depending on location. Winters are cold and dry, and snowfall is usually light and doesn't remain on the ground long. Due to its location west of the Rockies, this region doesn't receive as much influence from the Chinook winds as other parts of state. Spring comes slowly to west-central Colorado, but quickens near June. Summers are hot and dry, with at least five days per year with temperatures at or above 100 degrees F. This region receives little precipitation year-round, with no seasonal spike. Sunshine is abundant, with 300 days of sunshine per year. Autumn cools rapidly, and the first freeze usually happens in mid-October.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 39°F 17°F 0.58 in. -
February 47°F 24°F 0.56 in. -
March 57°F 32°F 1.14 in. -
April 66°F 39°F 1.12 in. -
May 76°F 47°F 1.21 in. -
June 88°F 56°F 0.70 in. -
July 94°F 62°F 0.76 in. -
August 91°F 61°F 0.80 in. -
September 82°F 52°F 1.05 in. -
October 69°F 41°F 1.27 in. -
November 52°F 29°F 0.94 in. -
December 41°F 20°F 0.59 in. -

Palisade Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Walker Field (GJT) located about 9 miles west of Palisade in Grand Junction, Colorado, Blake Field (1V9) located approximately 27 miles southeast of Palisade in Delta, Colorado, the Garfield County Regional airport (RIL) located roughly 44 miles northeast of Palisade in Rifle, Colorado, and finally the Montrose Regional airport (MTJ) located around 48 miles southeast of Palisade in Montrose, Colorado.

Palisade Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fun JunctionGrand JunctionCO11.2 mi.
Water Parks
Butch Cassidy King World Water ParkMoabUT74.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Chipeta Golf Course on Orchard MesaGrand JunctionCO11.2 mi.
Golf Club at Redlands MesaGrand JunctionCO11.2 mi.
Lincoln Park Golf CourseGrand JunctionCO11.2 mi.
Tiara Rado Golf CourseGrand JunctionCO11.2 mi.
Adobe Creek National Golf CourseFruitaCO20.0 mi.
Deer Creek Village Golf CourseCedaredgeCO27.3 mi.
Battlement Mesa Golf ClubBattlement MesaCO28.9 mi.
Devils Thumb Golf ClubDeltaCO30.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO12.0 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO62.8 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO75.1 mi.
AspenAspenCO82.4 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO82.4 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO82.4 mi.
TiehackAspenCO82.4 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO86.1 mi.
KeystoneKeystoneCO110.5 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO110.7 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO111.8 mi.
VailVailCO111.8 mi.
Museum of Western ColoradoGrand JunctionCO11.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Dinosaur Valley MuseumGrand JunctionCO11.2 mi.(Science)

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