Nefertiti/Rattlesnake Canyon

Round Trip Distance: 5+ miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 4155 - 4271 feet
Cellphone: 0 bars
Time: 3 hrs.
Trailhead: Nefertiti/Rattlesnake
Fee: none
Attractions: Scenic river canyon, bighorn, petroglyphs

The Nefertiti/Rattlesnake Canyon trail is located along the Green River at the end of the Hastings Road north of Green River, Utah. The trail begins at the Nefertiti Day Use Area where it follows the east bank of the Green River for several miles to the mouth of Rattlesnake Canyon. From there the trail turns up the canyon and if followed long enough will eventually lead back to the Hastings Road at a point just outside of the town of Green River. We estimate the total distance for a grand loop that combines Rattlesnake Canyon, Tusher Canyon and the Hastings Road to be no less than 48 miles. For this post we began at the Butler Canyon trailhead and rode our mountain bikes to Nefertiti where we hiked up the river to Rattlesnake Canyon and explored the first half mile or so of the canyon before turning around. The round trip distance for the hiking portion was about 5 miles and MTB was 10 miles for a combined distance of 15 miles.