Black Ridge Upper Road

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3.2/5 (8 reviews)
Grand Junction, Colorado (Mesa County)
Last Updated: 08/14/2023

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Black Ridge Upper Road is the seasonal backbone of the area and the primary trail to the magnificent Rattlesnake Arches. Though characterized by easy dirt terrain with occasional rock elements, the trail's natural appeal lies in its breathtaking scenery. Flanked by the McInnis Canyons and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness, a 125,000-acre conservation area, the trail boasts the continent's second-largest concentration of natural arches. As you drive along the park's rim, be prepared for panoramic vistas revealing the expanse of the conservation area in all directions. But the experience doesn't end at the trail's edge. There's ample camping, especially for overlanders, with sites that offer stunning canyon views. And once off the road, explore the conservation area's additional recreational opportunities, including hiking and horseback riding. All in all, this trail provides an easy ride but delivers a high-impact visual experience.

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