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Rattlesnake and Mee Canyons

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Bureau of Land Management

Camping is NOT permitted at the Mee Canyon Alcove.

Rattlesnake and Mee Canyon provide outstanding opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation. Geologic features in this area include arches, spires, windows, giant alcoves and desert patina. Between these canyons are pinon-juniper covered…

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Rattlesnake and Mee Canyons is located in Colorado


From Grand Junction take I-70 west to Fruita (#19). Turn left at the off ramp and follow the signs to Colorado National Monument. Enter the Monument and travel 11 miles to the Glade Park turn off at 16.5 Road on the right. Go 0.2 miles to Black Ridge Access Road on the right (there will be a kiosk and signage for McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area). It is 13 miles to the trailhead. CAUTION: a high clearance vehicle is mandatory and 4-wheel drive is highly recommended. The last 2 miles is very rough. The roads are impassable when wet. Weather permitting: The upper access road is open from April 15 to August 14. The lower road is open from August 15 to February 14. Motorized travel is prohibited from February 15 - April 15. IMPORTANT: the trailhead and trail are day use only. Overnight camping is prohibited. POLLOCK BENCH TRAILHEAD: Rattlesnake Arches can also be accessed from Pollock Bench Trailhead, which is 15 miles round trip (including the lower Rattlesnake Arches Trail).


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