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A steep, loose jeep road to access the stunning Columbus Basin.


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2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

Singletrack

11,677' 3,559 m

High

10,489' 3,197 m

Low

1,198' 365 m

Up

28' 8 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

This is a steep, loose 4x4 road with incredible views of the La Plata's. From La Plata Canyon turn right at a well marked intersection to Columbus Basin. You'll cross the creek and start climbing right away.

The first portion of the road climbs steeply through the trees. At about the half-way point, you'll reach timberline and be rewarded with stunning views of Columbus Basin. However, the climbing isn't over, from this point you'll climb a couple of steep switchbacks. The grade mellows out as the road curves around to the north.

The road ends at the Columbus mine. The combination of the steep grade, loose road and high altitude make this a tough, but rewarding ride.

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Missy Thompson

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  4.0 from 2 votes

#4

in Mancos

#13241

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  4.0 from 2 votes
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#4

in Mancos

#1,373

in Colorado

#13,241

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View of La Plata Canyon and La Plata River, looking south from the road.
Sep 30, 2021 near Rico, CO
Looking back at the climb from Columbus Mine.
Jun 30, 2015 near Durango, CO
Old and new technology at 12000 feet.
Aug 1, 2023 near Durango, CO
A challenging climb with rewarding views.
Jun 30, 2015 near Rico, CO
La Plata Canyon is equally inviting for winter fat biking as it is for summer!
Feb 7, 2016 near Rico, CO
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