Rattlesnake Arches

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Riding along the top of McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, Rattlesnake Arches is an easy offroad trail surrounded by protected wilderness. Taking this trail gives you spectacular views of the canyons off to the left and right while traveling toward the hiking trails in Pollock Canyon and R... Read More
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Highlights of Rattlesnake Arches

Camping Category Icon Camping
Desert Category Icon Desert
Scenic Category Icon Scenic
Highest Elevation
6535 ft
Shape of Trail
Out & Back
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
7142
Nearest Town
Grand Junction
Nearest Services
Grand Junction
Management Agency
Bureau of Land Management
District
Grand Junction Field Office

Overview

Riding along the top of McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, Rattlesnake Arches is an easy offroad trail surrounded by protected wilderness. Taking this trail gives you spectacular views of the canyons off to the left and right while traveling toward the hiking trails in Pollock Canyon and Rattlesnake Canyon. This area is known as the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness, where the canyons are 400 feet deep in places. The area contains the second most extensive collection of arches in the National Park System, many easily accessible. This trail requires you to take Black Ridge Upper Road or Black Ridge Lower Road to the trailhead. Combining these trails makes for a good half-day of driving through beautiful desert scenery.

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