Columbus Basin

5/5 (6 reviews)
The San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado has numerous opportunities to summit mountain passes and visit old mining sites. Some of these trails can be quite difficult, remote and intimidating to a newcomer or novice 4x4 owner. The Columbus Basin trail is ideal for users wanting a backcou...Read More
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Highlights of Columbus Basin

Altitude Category IconAltitude
Forest Category IconForest
Ghost Town Category IconGhost Town
Iconic Category IconIconic
Mine Category IconMine
Rock Category IconRock
Scenic Category IconScenic
Highest Elevation
11679 ft
Shape of Trail
Out & Back
Typically Open
06/01 - 11/15
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
498
Nearest Town
Mancos
Nearest Services
Mancos
Management Agency
San Juan National Forest
District
Mancos – Delores Office

Overview

The San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado has numerous opportunities to summit mountain passes and visit old mining sites. Some of these trails can be quite difficult, remote and intimidating to a newcomer or novice 4x4 owner. The Columbus Basin trail is ideal for users wanting a backcountry​ off-road experience without all the stresses and crowds some of the more popular trails to the north may bring. The drive up La Plata Canyon leading to the trailhead is wonderful and very easy, with plenty of opportunity for great camping. The reward at the summit of Columbus Basin is a breathtaking panorama of the scenery below. You can also walk around the old mining equipment that still remains at the top.

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2 Trail Concerns
6 Community Reviews
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