We offer different, hour+-long tours as requested and for special events. Featured tours include “An Hour with Colonel Bower” highlights this Palisade Pioneer’s life and what Palisade was like along 3rd Street from the Post Office to Bower Avenue. Another tour features the Town’s Center and focuses on businesses and homes near the Plaza at 3rd and Main Streets. “Fire and Brimstone” is the longest route – about 4,000 steps, taking in the area surrounding downtown. Highlights of this tour are sites of major fires, including packing sheds, the hotel, and the cannery, plus seven churches, two former depots, one of Wayne Aspinall’s homes, the 4th Street bridge, and more. To schedule a walking tour for groups of four or more, please call (970) 464-2177.
For self-guided tours, pick up a Palisade Historic Walking Tour brochure from the rack under the Historic Downtown Palisade sign on the south wall of Food Town on 3rd Street or inside the Palisade Branch Library across the street at 119 West Third Street in Downtown Palisade. Or, download it as an e-book from Amazon.
Tour 2 – “An hour with Colonel Bower” Dave Cecuga as early Palisade settler, “Colonel Bower” – Blue dotted line
Tour 3 – “Town Center” – Green dotted line
Tour 4 – “Fire and Brimstone” – Black dotted line
The Historical Society is also working with Pali-Tours to offer 2 1/2 hour historic tours while riding in a 1975 Pinzgauer 6X6 vehicle on an adventuresome route around historic Palisade sites. To schedule a group tour with Pali-Tours, contact Dave Smith at (970) 697-8134.