Discover Hidden Gems of Colorado: Hike to Rattlesnake Arches

Located within the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area near Grand Junction, Colorado, Rattlesnake Arches boasts some of the best canyon country to explore in the U.S. 

The Rattlesnake Arches hike via Pollock Bench trail can be done in one day or as a backpacking trip. We’ll share how to experience eight arches along the sandstone cliffs in Western Colorado!

Discover Hidden Gems of Colorado

This is one of the best hikes near Grand Junction we have ever done. After reading this article, we hope it inspires you to add Rattlesnake Arches to your Colorado adventure list. 

Hiking to Rattlesnake Arches in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area

– First, the route is over 15 miles, which is a nice long trek to complete in one day.  – Second, there is significant rock scrambling down and up a large canyon. There are some steep sections along the trail.

Rattlesnake Arches in Colorado: Trail Rating

Self-Guided Tours

To be on the safe side, we recommend bringing or studying a map so you know your hiking route and the surrounding area. 

McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area Map

Rattlesnake Arches Trailhead Details from Pollock Bench

Trail Name: Rattlesnake Arches (R1) via Pollock Bench (P1) Trail Difficulty: Difficult + hard Distance: roughly 15 miles per BLM Time: About 6-8 hour Parking: Plenty of parking at the Pollock Bench Trailhead

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Find out how to hike to one of the top places to see arches in the U.S.