Rattlesnake Canyon

Rattlesnake Canyon, Fruita: Address, Rattlesnake Canyon Reviews: 4.5/5

Rattlesnake Canyon
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Harvey B
Newburgh, NY55 contributions
Nice hike worth the drive
Oct 2021 • Couples
If you have a 4x4 to get to trailhead this is real nice trail.
Mostly flat trail but it does have one big accent/decent.
Road in is rough took 1 hour. Note upper/lower trail is only way in other road is private property well posted keep out.
Written October 25, 2021
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Loup407
Fruita, CO216 contributions
Great Hike! Bring water!
Jun 2019 • Solo
This is a great hike, but please bring an accurate map. The trail isn't obvious in a few places. There are a couple of places that will require some scrambling. Nothing is technical, but you should be comfortable with a bit of exposure. It's a long hike. Make sure you have plenty of water and food.
Written July 21, 2019
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apkperry3
Box Elder, SD118 contributions
the hiking was great
Nov 2018 • Couples
Was driving thur Fruita CO. The hiking was great this year blue skis but a bit cold in November, love this area of CO.
Written November 13, 2018
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Cristina
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic4 contributions
Excellent!!
Apr 2018
Worth the stay!!!! We had a great time!! It is a wonderful trip with young kids. Totally worth going to.
Written November 7, 2018
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Julie R
Independence, Missouri, United States122 contributions
The views are amazing!
Aug 2017 • Couples
This is a beautiful canyon. The arches are great to see. The canyon views are incredible. Be careful of the roads in. They are rough, need four wheel drive, and high clearance. You can park a couple of miles before the trailhead and hike the last 2 miles of road.
Written August 15, 2017
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Blusplyr
Fruita, CO53 contributions
No Rattlesnakes!
Jun 2017 • Solo
Maybe someone saw a rattlesnake in this canyon years ago, so that's how it got it's name! But I usually hike it about every other year or so, and I've never seen a rattlesnake! If you see a rattlesnake, they are not aggressive, unless you try messing with them. Anyway: Rattlesnake canyon is supposed to have the second biggest concentration of arches in the country; second only to Arches National Park in Utah. There are two ways to get there: one is a long hike from the Pollock Canyon trailhead near Fruita, and the other is driving from the Colorado National Monument, via the Black Ridge Hunter Access road (closed in winter). The road into the canyon is only accessible by a 4X4 vehicle, so keep that in mind if you want to visit Rattlesnake canyon. If you make it into the canyon; it's well worth the effort, because of it's beauty and remoteness.
Written July 10, 2017
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Rita B
3,218 contributions
Hard hike - but so worth it
Sep 2016 • Friends
We did this hike with a group - and I'm glad we did, I probably would have turned back. Because we were with a group, we were able to take a slightly shorter route, starting from some private land (our guide lived there). That saved us some of the Pollack Bench hike.

We hiked up what our guide called Heart Attack Hill and I worried he was right. After that long, steep slog it wasn't so bad. But, it was hot in September and it was still a long hike.

We started seeing all the arches and they are stunning. It feels like they are so much more concentrated than in Arches - and there were no other people around. When we got to Cedar (or Rainbow) Arch, we had the choice of turning around and going back the way we came - or climb up and through the arch.

I didn't think that would be possible!! With the help of our guide, I (and most of the others) traversed the steep slickrock.

It was so exhilarating and the view... amazing - no words.

This was a real forever memory for me - don't think I would or could do it again. But - it is just absolutely amazing to do this!
Written May 10, 2017
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binks22
Longmont, CO103 contributions
Arch one is very steep, take ropes or walk around!
Oct 2016 • Couples
We approached from the lower bench road in the Black Ridge Wilderness. The road is long but passible until the last two miles. Watch for motorcycles on road. The hike is one half mile to the junction. Go low at the junction to the bottom of the mesa. Hike around the bottom to see the arches. Do NOT stay on top. Do NOT follow the sign to arch one. GO DOWN! The trail is one way out and back the same way. Do not plan on climbing up arch one unless you have some good skills. Or a rope! It is very hot and sunny. Take water, cool fruit, snacks.
Written October 17, 2016
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Christina
Denver, CO144 contributions
Confusing directions, few markers
Aug 2016 • Couples
The lower trail was closed, so we were forced to take the upper trail. There are few markers, so you may be constantly wondering if you are following the right dirt trail as you drive.. It's a long trail to the trailhead and we took my 2WD sedan, but we were able to get within a mile of the trailhead before the terrain got too bad. We also saw other 4WD pulled over because the terrain was too much for their vehicles as well.

Once we got to the trailhead, we followed it to a sign that said 1st Arch. We headed down and saw the first arch thinking that we'd be able to back up and see signs for the other arches, but that was not the case. We traveled all the way to the end without finding another arch, so we decided to travel off the path closer to the edge and that's where we saw the arches all the way to the beginning. We were not able to get down to the path from the first arch because we didn't have the proper climbing gear but if you do, you'll be able to see things better.
Written August 24, 2016
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TJ19862720CO
Colorado36 contributions
Great hike
Sep 2015 • Friends
This is very strenuous but to see the amount of arches, so worth it!!! We were dropped off at the top on glad park, I only suggest for someone who knows area, otherwise tack on the up and back trip. I would suggest camping overnight if going up and back. Lots of difficult terrain!
Written July 25, 2016
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