Map of some of the canyons...

Map of some of the canyons in Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness. From left to right Mee Canyon is marked in purple, Rattlesnake Canyon is marked in Blue, the two forks of Pollock Canyon are marked in yellow, Flume Creek Canyon is marked in Red, and Devils Canyon is marked in green. These lines do not represent trails, just the canyons themselves. The red flag on the right marks the west entrance to Colorado National Monument, the yellow flag marks the trailhead for access to Devils Canyon, and the green flag marks the trailhead for access to Rattlesnake Canyon, Pollock Canyon, and Flume Creek Canyon. Rattlesnake Canyon can also be accessed from the south. The town of Fruita is in the upper right. This map was created with TOPO! software.

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wuedesau

wuedesau - Jul 28, 2004 10:07 am - Hasn't voted

Rattlesnakes?

Any rattlesnakes?

Andy

Andy - Jul 28, 2004 10:24 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Rattlesnakes?

That's a good question. As far as I can remember, there were no signs warning of rattlesnakes, and I don't recall the BLM's website mentioning anything about them either. However, the area seems like prime rattlesnake habitat and with a canyon named Rattlesnake Canyon I'd have to guess that there are some around.



My experience with rattlesnakes is that unless you step on them they're not going to mess with you. So just watch where you step and where you stick your hands (if climbing around on the rock). I think a bigger concern would be if you had a dog or something running around. If you had a curious dog that ran up to a rattlesnake it would probably get bit.

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