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.
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.
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First Arch Shortcut 4th Trad, Chipped, 1 pitch, 120 feet
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First Arch Shortcut 4th CO : Grand Junction area : Rattlesnake Canyon
This is a place where minimal climbing skills can make you a hero to your non-climbing friends. There are two trails: one that wraps 2.2 miles around the base of the arches and then dead ends and another that goes to the top of First Arch. Linking these two trails is this route - an excellect way to turn your hike into a pleasant round trip.The route goes through the slab under the arch. It is somewhat exposed and sandy but just 4th class. Some good approach shoes will make things easier. I...[more] Browse More Classics in CO