7.2 out of 10

Palisade

39.1082607188196 -108.357097236838
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Childcare
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Medical Facilities
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  •  

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Oct 11, 2012

"A vibrant little community located on the western slope"

Palisade is home to just under 2,700 people. There are numerous peach (and other fruit) farms, wineries, and outdoor adventure here in this pretty area located just off of I-70. You can even see several of the wineries and their crops from the highway. The median home value is right around $188,000. Although the town is small they have some above average schools located here. Elementary through high schools all rate above average on state testing standards.

If you're looking for some adventure this may be the place to find it. Grand Mesa National Forest and the Powderhorn Ski Resort are both very close, with many activities to choose from. Palisade has a comfortable climate, incredible views, and is the perfect place to explore on foot hiking, while biking, or even by car. Due to it's elevation and where it is located the temperatures here can be mild for most of the year, which leads to it long and healthy growing season.

During different times of the year the town has wine and music festivals. This hip little town would be a great place to raise a family or even just go to for a weekend long visit. There are more than a few restaurants located here, and a cafe just off of main street which is a very appealing walk (albeit short) with the neat shops all painted a different door color against a brick background. There are some pretty cool views in all directions.

If you're looking for art, this is a great place to look. There are several art galleries including pottery, glass, sculpting, and antique.

The only real drawback of this great little community is how far it is from the front range.
Pros
  • neat looking mainstreet
  • close to mountains and forest access
  • organic farms
Cons
  • far from Front Range
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Oct 04, 2012

"A lovely valley with a warm, long growing season and lots of sunshine"

Known as the, "Heart of Colorado's Fruit and Wine Country," Palisade is a green oasis along the highway not too far east of Grand Junction. The Colorado River flows through providing a place for growing the famous peaches and wine of the area. The winery and tourists industry surrounding the vineyards has really grown in the last decade and makes a great little spot to get a way from the Denver area on a long weekend.

There are so many little and big farms in the area that mostly spreads out to the south I70. There are parks along the river, hiking and biking areas as well as a dog park. There is a new age alternative feel especially in contrast to the more dusty, stuffy energy of Grand Junction just to the west. There are a lot of modern minded folk in Palisade open to ideas, organic food and farming, music and art. The warm, long growing season and lots of sunshine and water in the valley make it an ideal place for fruit.
Pros
  • modern ideas
  • organic farms
  • close to mountains and forest access
Cons
  • far from Front Range
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers