Whitewater Basin Trail

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Whitewater Basin Trail #700

Whitewater Basin Trail #700 begins on the south side of Whitewater Basin from the upper trailhead and contours around to the north side of the basin, crossing several branches of Whitewater Creek on the way. It may be considered difficult due to the steep terrain which some sections traverse. The Whitewater Basin Trail is the only developed trail in Whitewater Basin and is used mostly in the fall during hunting season.  It is a good day-use trail for hikers and horseback riders and offers many scenic vistas.

Open Season: June – October
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer-Fall
Busiest Season: Fall Hunting-Moderate
Restrictions: Open to Hiking and Horseback.
Closest Towns: Grand Junction, CO



Ttravel southeast from Grand Junction on Highway 50 to the Lands End Road, FSR #100, intersection.  Turn left onto the Lands End Road and travel east for 18 miles to the Whitewater Basin Upper Trailhead.


From Grand Junction, travel southeast on Highway 50 for approximately 12 miles to its junction with the Lands End Road, FSR #100. Turn left and travel east on the Lands End Road for 8.3 miles to a dirt road. Turn left and travel on this road for about 60 yards until it crosses a stream (North Fork Kannah Creek) and reaches a “T” intersection.  Take the left fork at the intersection and travel west on this road for 0.8 miles to the location where another dirt road forks right (north). Turn right onto this road and travel north for 1.2 miles to a fenceline with a gate.  After passing through this gate, continue for 1.3 miles north and then northeast until the road dead-ends at a fenceline at the BLM/ Forest Boundary and the Whitewater Basin Trailhead. Because the last section of the road is very rough and rocky, four wheel drive vehicles are recommended.



Off of Lands End Road, FSR#100.  T. 12S.,  R. 97W.,  Sec. 10. U.S.G.S. Map: Lands End.


From the BLM/ Forest Boundary. T. 12S.,  R. 97W.,  Sec. 8.  U.S.G.S.  Map: Palisade.


  • Trail Measurement:
  • Compass Latitude: 390100N
  • Compass Longitude: 1081621W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.0166487
  • Numeric Longitude: -108.2725825
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,058
  • Elevation in Feet: 6,752

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