Three Basins

Total Miles


3759.22 ft


3.5 Hours

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Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Three Basins Trail will take you into 3 interesting basins a short distance north of Silverton. These basins are easily accessible but not as well known as many of the larger ones; Ross Basin, Minnehaha Basin, and Velocity Basin. The hanging rail line at this old mine is in Minnehaha Basin. Ross Basin is the shortest of the three and is visible from the Animas Loop road as you go from Silverton to Corkscrew Basin. The road ends at a wide spot on top of mine tailings. The view looking back down the basin is enjoyable. Velocity Basin is a relaxed drive up into another beautiful basin.


Uneven, rutted dirt trail with loose rocks, sand, erosion, and washes. Potential water crossings up to a foot deep, mud holes, and obstacles up to 18", including ledges and short, steep grades. Roads are typically one vehicle wide with places to pass.

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