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Rattlesnake Arches Trail is a 13.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Junction, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,444 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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rock climbing

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Rattlesnake Canyon provides outstanding opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation. Geologic features in this area includes arches, spires, windows, giant alcoves and desert patina. Between these canyons are pinon-juniper covered mesas which slope downward to the Colorado River.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Did our best to make to the arches today but even with checking the map got off course a couple times. Wind picked up so will try again. It’s a beautiful hike but markers sometimes difficult to find and follow. Some of the plants are just starting to green up. Another week or two it’s going to be really great

hiking
8 days ago

Bring lots of water. There are small portions of scrambling. Easy full day hike with some cool canyon views

backpacking
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

I hiked back towards the arches on a Friday night and camped well outside of the no camping zone which encompasses Rattlesnake Canyon. Saturday morning I struck camp and headed for the Arches. Rattlesnake Canyon is incredible! The arches and rock formations are magnificent and the view and vistas across the massive gorge are breathtaking. This hike is well worth taking. The hike in from Pollock Bench trailhead is reminiscent of hiking in the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park. The canyon and arches are on par with parts of Arches NP, but without sitting in the massive line of traffic and fighting through hikes with hundreds and thousands of others. Can't recommend this one enough. There was still snow and ice in the shadows and shaded sides of the bluffs and canyons. Nothing difficult to traverse, and as the sun came out and the temperature rose the melt began to muddy sections of the tack closer to Rattlesnake Canyon than Pollock. The trail is fairly easy to follow, the only tricky parts for me were the scrambles down, up, down, and up the canyons the trail crosses. Just make sure to take a look behind you as you come down the tail so you know what to be looking for on your way back out. This could easily be a great day hike, but having a night to enjoy the canyons was well worth it. Enjoy and be safe!

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Hard trail but magnificent. Some bouldering and rock face in areas. 16.4 miles and 9 full hour (with about 1-1/2 hours for lunch and photo ops). No water so take enough to last you and getting a very early start is strongly suggested. Saw two others hikers only. Go prepared.

hiking
5 months ago

long hike w great views. if you want a trail that will test ur strengths this is a great local hike! in and out in 7 hours. great hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Went for a Sat-Sun backpacking trip and the trail was absolutely beautiful. Definitely some scrambles so would only recommend for experienced backpackers, but would be a GREAT day hike trail. Beautiful views and the trail was relatively easy to follow, just keep eyes out for trail markers. Enjoy!

hiking
5 months ago

Find the cairns and you won’t get lost

hiking
5 months ago

Be kind to your doggies, pack food and water for them because the trails are technical with more climbing than expected. Overall, amazing time.

hiking
6 months ago

Had a blast till I started running out of water. The trail is really poorly marked in places but just take your time and you’ll be able to navigate no problem. The arches are very VERY cool, I’d never seen one in person before and it made the hike worth it 100%

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Would like to come back and finish the whole thing. Had to leave because rain was coming and the parking lot is a flash flood area.

Hard. We hiked up through the arch at the top. Not for the beginner hiker. Beautiful and fun too. But as I am writing this, I have nothing left in me lol!

hiking
8 months ago

The trail is not marked well. An App is necessary or you will find yourself at the top of a canyon instead of below where you belong. Take a lot of water. You dont want to run out.

hiking
9 months ago

Very rewarding hike! The views going in and out of the canyons are absolutely beautiful! There are a few sections that you have to climb up a bit of rock, but nothing too crazy at all. I found it to be VERY easy to lose the trail because of these rocky sections. Keep an eye out for carins and to be sure you’re on the trail. I started the hike from pollock canyon and had to pull out my gps a few times to get back onto the trail. Super fun hike with beautiful views!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

Beautiful trail. Backpacked this the weekend of 6/22-6/23 to escape the snow in the mountains. At the second drop down into the canyon the trail was sneaky. Ended up a couple miles off on a deceiving trail with backtracking...should’ve checked AllTrails sooner, as the map is pretty spot on. Without the backtrack, the mileage here is still off. It’s closer to 14 from the parking/trailhead, if not a tiny bit more. Not complaining one bit though, it’s all gorgeous. No one had their dogs leashed but all were courteous and in control, and we saw maybe 4 groups the entire time. People thinned out after 3 miles in. Definitely pack water, there is no source. We camped in a clearly already used area to minimize impact. There are several spots after the second canyon that are easy to find. I would highly recommend.

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rocky
scramble
9 months ago

let's start with I wasn't able to finish due to a blister while trying put some new hiking boots. The bit I completed was tricky and very easy to get off track, got to a point where I followed the sign for a bit but all trails said I was way off track. Not sure of it was a GPS thing or what. Be prepared - mountain lion spotting about 1 week ago

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rocky
9 months ago

Click on "Getting There" below the map for the best directions. We were able to make it all the way to the trailhead in our Jeep, but it was slow going. We went left on the trail, then at .5 mile followed a sign to the first arch. Stayed and took some pictures then hiked around that area before heading back to the main trail. Following cairns for a bit from here took us down rocky switchbacks that would probably have led us to the trail at the base of the canyon. We opted to turn around and come back another time because it was getting hot and we were low on water. Bring lots of water, start early and plan to be there awhile.

hiking
scramble
10 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

It was strenuous, but absolutely beautiful! Drink lots of water and follow the cairns.

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