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The Colorado Canyons- Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness- Knowles, Mee, Jones and Rattlesnake Canyons

Knowles to Mee Canyon Loop Backpack

Colorado Canyons to Dewey Bridge Back Road Drive
Jones Canyon Trailhead to Colorado River Backpack- coming soon

The Colorado Canyons and the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness are located on the western border of the state of Colorado, about 10 miles from Grand Junction. This location provides some very isolated, rough, and little-visited canyons for hiking and backpacking.

To access the area, go through Grand Junction towards the Colorado National Monument. Continue through the monument and up and out the other side. You will be heading towards Glade Park on DS Road. Once you reach the Glade Park Store, turn right on 16.5 Road. Go north to BS Road- turn right here and follow this road to the west/northwest till it ends for access to Knowles and Jones Canyons, for some very remote backpacking. For access to Rattlesnake and Mee Canyons, continue north on 26.5 Road (do not turn at BS Road) until you see the Black Ridge Access Roads- there is an upper and a lower road. Take either one of these to the west for access.

Be advised that the Black Ridge Access Roads are colsed for much of the year- the Upper Road is open from 15 April- 15 August, the Lower Road is open from 15 August- 15 February. Also note that these roads, especially the road to Jones and Knowles Canyon trailheads are impassable when wet. A high clearance four wheel drive is necessary for the last few miles of all these roads.

The map to use for planning purposes is the metric (1:100,000) Grand Junction map.

view of the colorado riverr from the mouth of Mee canyon, black ridge wilderness, colorado
  This photo shows the Colorado River at a popular river camp, "Black Rocks", at the mouth of Mee Canyon.

  One of the arches along the Rattlesnake Arches trail in the Colorado Canyons wilderness.

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