You can Start the day with exciting terrain and breathtaking views of Colorado National Monument. There are several hikes throughout the monument that range in distance, time and terrain. One of our most popular hikes is the lower Monument Canyon Trail. Some of our guest like to make this a loop with Wedding Canyon Trail. Other favorites are Cork Screw & Liberty Cap, Ute Canyon and No Thoroughfare Canyon Trails. If you need guidance, Grand Junction Adventures will help you pick out the right trail for your group. We will provide you with a knowledgeable guide & environmental interpreter that will tell you about the history of the area including flora, fauna and geologic features. This service allows hikers to experience the trails best suited for their group’s skill level, while taking in the desert views and wildlife.
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Join Grand Junction Adventures for a beautiful adventurous journey to the Rattle Snake Arches. The arches protected within the 123, 400-acre McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. It is the second highest concentration of natural arches in the word and second only to Arches National Park. We will leave Grand Junction in the morning and head up for a scenic drive through Colorado National Monument. After stopping at a few viewpoints of the monument, we will start the 13mile 4-wheel drive on Black Ridge access road which involves incredible views of the entire Grand Valley. After a few exciting 4-wheel drive maneuvers the drive terminates at the Rattlesnake Canyon Arche Trailhead. After lunch and a brief safety talk, we will begin the 3.2-mile hiking loop that will take under 8 dramatic arches. The trail loop terminates with an exciting scramble up through a rock slab under Cedar Tree Arch. Your knowledgeable guide will be able to tell you about the history of the area including flora and geologic interpretations. The moderate hike back to the Vehicle and drive back to town through the remaining parts of The Colorado National Monument is both Scenic and enjoyable. This Guided Hiking trip is seasonal and weather dependent. The optimal to visit this area is spring, early summer and fall.
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