Bitten by Rattlesnake Canyon

Colorado Life

July/Aug 2016

Joshua Hardin

To the untrained eye, Rattlesnake Canyon west of Grand Junction looks like a desolate desert landscape, but it doesn't take long to realize this is the first of many mirages waiting for you inside the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness. The more you look, the more earthly wonders manifest like black magic incantations. Stone twists into unbelievable shapes, hanging gardens of flowers cling to unlikely chasms, critters scurry between a sharp edge of light and shadow.