Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

To reach the main trailhead, travel 4.5 miles north of Broadway on Van Buren St. and Rattlesnake Dr. Turn west at the trailhead sign and drive across Rattlesnake Cr. to the parking lot.

Along the cliffs about 1/4 mile past the parking lot, look for Cordilleran Flycatcher. Along the riparian areas of Rattlesnake Creek and Spring Gulch, look for American Dipper, Warbling Vireo, and a variety of warblers. In the surrounding
meadows and forest, look for Ruffed Grouse, Pileated Woodpecker, Vaux’s Swift, Hammond’s Flycatcher, chickadees, kinglets, Cassin’s Vireo, Western Tanager, and Spotted Towhee.

The less-used Sawmill Gulch trailhead is 1.5 miles west of the main parking lot where a large meadow is bordered by forest. Most of the same species can be found there. The large meadow is good for spotting raptors.

The Woods Gulch trailhead to Sheep Mountain is 1/2 mile east of Rattlesnake Dr. on Woods Gulch Rd. Stay right all the way to the trailhead.

The first mile is a narrow, brushy riparian area that is good for many species of the conifer forest including Ruffed Grouse, Rufous Hummingbird, Western Tanager, and Townsend’s Warbler. Flammulated Owls occur on the ridge overlooking Marshall Canyon to the southeast.


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