Riders descend the lower section of the Palisade Plunge, a 34-mile trail that drops 6,000 vertical feet as its winds off the Grand Mesa down to the Colorado River. Three federal agencies, three municipalities, private landowners, nonprofits and mountain bikers spent more than 10 years planning and constructing the trail, which is a considered a model for partnerships on major trail projects. (Joey Early / RockyMounts, Special to The Colorado Sun)

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