Trade in the Rocky Mountains for the high desert, about three-and-a-half hours west of Denver. Only 40 miles out from the Utah border, the terrain will begin to change as you zig-zag through Mesa County’s massive canyons. Tucked in between Mt. Garfield and the sprawling Grand Mesa, Palisade, The Peach Capital of Colorado, is calling your name. While this may not be everyone’s favorite fruit, the fresh peaches are worth a pitstop, and the miles of vineyards, orchards, and trails are reasons to stay a few days.
Break up the trip by stopping in Glenwood Springs, the home of Doc Holiday, to enjoy the mineral hot springs and impressive Hanging Lake Hike, or make it a full blown roadtrip on your way out to Moab. Either way, here are six reasons why Palisade should be on your to-hit list:
Sip your way around Colorado’s ‘wine country’
Home to 33 vineyards (that’s…