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American Basin Trailhead

Hiking Trail or Trailhead
View from Handies Peak Trail – Bureau of Land Management

Known for its spectacular July wildflower display and scenic beauty, this sculpted glacial basin is one of the most photographed areas in the San Juan Mountain Range. At 11,600’ the American Basin Trailhead is one of two routes that accesses Handies Peak (14,048’). This trail to Handies is one of the easiest routes up a 14er in Colorado!

Eco-Friendly Notes

This is a hiking trail only, no motorized vehicle access.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets allowed, please clean up after pet at the trailhead and in and around camping areas.

Trail Distance

2.3 miles

Vertical Gain or Loss


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