Trip Report: Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness
Returning from four days on the edges of Colorado/Utah border exploring the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness. Here’s what I captured in my journal.
John Steinbeck wrote these words in his iconic American road trip book Travels With Charlie, “People don’t take trips—trips take people.” We -found ourselves taken up and in-on this desert 🌵 adventure. Spring reached the canyon floor, awakening vibrant life. Shadows tucked into crimson barrel cactus petals, emerald propellor wings of hummingbirds, bush cooked cattails in buttered sauté, silence as our companion. #keepgoing #worklifeplay
Length: From day hiking to 3-5 nights backpacking
Description: Located outside of Fruita, CO, known as a mountain biking wonderland, neighboring The Colorado National Monument, the terrain is spectacular. Trails are marked, but not heavily managed. Cell signals are reliable on top of the canyon, but not below. Rattlesnake Canyon, Mee Canyons, Knowles Canyons offers numerous arches, side canyons, and expansive landscapes. We trail ran Rattlesnake Canyon in the morning then backpacked into Mee Canyon for two nights, hiking our way to the Colorado River and back. Accessible water is the great unknown, so overpack and don’t plan on the intermittent springs. For our early May trip, surprised, we discovered plentiful water options. Trails are marked with cairns and there not many signs. This is not a National Park, so be prepared for a wilderness experience.
Season: Spring and Fall