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This is not really a climbing destination, but it is definitely a cool place to go if you're in the area. Although this is referred to as a canyon, the normal destination is a ridge above and west of Colorado National Monument with numerous arches.

Getting There

Approach by a long, arduous trail from the river or a rocky road from above. This road connects from Colorado National Monunemt - you'll have to drive through The Monument to get there. Ask at the visitor center for directions / road conditions.

A passenger car can be driven (carefully!) to a spot about 3 miles from the trailhead. A relatively macho car like my Subaru could probably get all the way there, but I opted to use my mountain bike for the last three miles. From the end of the road, it's one mile to the arches.

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jeremy long
BOULDER CO
jeremy long   BOULDER CO
Anyone who goes to the junk should do this hike! Watch out for thin rock that is not on the arches. I almost died here. My friend was on a thin arch, I said "dude, that arch is thin", he looked at me and said "dude, you are standing on an inch thick rock!" I nearly puked. Pay close attention to the danger signs. May 19, 2011
Rick Blair
Denver
Rick Blair   Denver
Get on the water near Fruita and take out at the base of Rattlesnake Canyon. This is one of the best hikes I have ever done! Obviously river access makes this a less traveled trail. Absolutely amazing! Jun 12, 2009

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