American Basin

American Basin is a high mountain basin at an elevation of 3.769m (12,365ft) above the sea level, located in Hinsdale County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.

The road to the summit is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. It’s called County Road 12. The road is usually impassable in winters. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. 4x4 required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Wet conditions may make for tough driving along the muddy road. Most of American Basin is above timberline. Thunderstorms often develop in the afternoon in the Colorado high country.  The area is notorious for its summer wildflower display.
Pic&video: Kevin Stone