Photos from the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness, near Grand Junction in Western Colorado. This sparsely visited wilderness is best known for sandstone arches similar to those in Arches National Park.
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The largest of the
Rattlesnake Arches

Hole-in-the-Bridge Arch

The Rattlesnake Arches,
Black Ridge Canyons
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Black Ridge Canyons
Wilderness area

Another of the
Rattlesnake Arches

East Rim Arch, Black
Ridge Canyons
The Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness (part of the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area) is not well known despite the ease of access (it's only 10 miles west of Grand Junction near the town of Fruita) and the fact that it contains the second largest concentration of natural arches in the country. The signature hike here is an excellent moderate day hike from the Pollock Bench trailhead to see the Rattlesnake arches in Rattlesnake canyon, but there are also other trails and it's even possible to access the area by boat from the Colorado river.