Upper Rattlesnake Arches Trail
ElevationAscent: 61' 18 m
Descent: -277' -85 m
High: 5,860' 1,786 m
Low: 5,625' 1,715 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
Current trail conditions
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“A long rough drive and short jaunt to views of the arches or a technical down climb to see them all.”— Andrew Walters
Take either the upper or lower road to the point where they converge on top of the mesa and proceed west and then north taking every right when a junction appears. You should eventually end at the Upper Rattlesnake Canyon Arches Trail - R1 parking area. From there, head west .5 mile to reach a junction. Stay left to head towards the top of Cedar Arch. Around 1 mile from the parking area you'll reach Cedar Arch.
You can either view it from above, or scramble down through it to reach the Rattlesnake Canyon Arches Trail - R1 where you can view more of the arches from the better vantage point, from below. The Upper Rattlesnake Arch trail continues for .6 miles along the top of the mesa with sweeping views of the entire Grand Valley. Retrace you steps to the car when you are done exploring and get ready for a long drive back. This trail is best used as a connector section on the loop section of the Rattlesnake Arches and Pollock Bench Run.