Rattlesnake Arches is a hiking and horse trail in Mesa County, Colorado. It is within Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Area. It is 5.1 miles long and begins at 5,462 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,625 feet.
Rattlesnake Arches Professional Reviews and Guides
"Containing the second-largest collection of natural arches in the country—behind only Arches National Park—Rattlesnake Canyon is as nice a slickrock wonderland as any to be found in Colorado. While these arches make for a worthy destination, the route described below traverses some tremendous scenery and offers a real adventure. That is because it follows the challenging Pollock Canyon Trail. Given the route’s rugged stature, novice hikers should avoid this hike."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"The hike described here starts at the Pollock Canyon Trailhead, but as mentioned above you can also begin at Rattlesnake Arches Trailhead. Unfortunately a 4WD vehicle is required to reach Rattlesnake Arches Trailhead, but if this is not a problem I suggest you begin there. The hike from Rattlesnake Arches Trailhead to all the major points of interest and back is only 5.2 miles, whereas if you begin at Pollock Canyon Trailhead your hike will be 12.7 miles long. This is a very hot hike with no reliable water along the way, and the extra 7.5 miles of walking might be stretching the limit for some people. The season is also important in choosing your trailhead."
--David Day, Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
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