Rattlesnake Canyon, arches, fossils and petroglyphs
Tucked away on the border of Colorado National Monument. Rattlesnake Canyon includes the second-largest concentration of natural arches in North America. Only Arches National Park has more arches. It is part of the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area provides unique outdoor recreational opportunities and geological and historical features. Features on interest include arches, fossils pictograph and petroglyphs. The conservation area also includes segments of the Old Spanish Trail. once referred to as the "longest, crookedest, most arduous mule route in the history of America,"
Rattlesnake Canyon is home to 9 natural arches. The longest of which is Rainbow Arch that spans 76 feet. Centennial Arch or Akiti Arch (pictured right) has an opening 120 feet high.
Rattlesnake Canyon is not a well developed tourist destination. There are limited or no facilities, accessing the arches involves long and strenuous hikes in a harsh environment. Back-country experience is required of all visitors.
Additional resources from: BLM