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Yankee Boy Basin

CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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High Mountain Beauty

This basin is surrounded by high Colorado peaks including one or more 14000 footers. Our first... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2017
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Heaven on Earth

One of the most scenic spots in Colorado and there are plenty of them. Best to visit in the spring... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
Robert G
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Surrounded by several mountain peaks (Potosi Peak, Teakettle Mountain, Cirque Mountain, Stony Mountain, and Gilpin Mountain), Yankee Boy Basin is a popular scenic area visited by hikers, photographers, four-wheelers and nature lovers.
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CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

This basin is surrounded by high Colorado peaks including one or more 14000 footers. Our first visit was many years ago when we first discovered Ouray. It was July but there was still small amounts of snow and effectively spring weather. We took one of...More

1  Thank haleschnm
Reviewed 9 October 2017

One of the most scenic spots in Colorado and there are plenty of them. Best to visit in the spring or early summer when the wildflowers are in bloom and the is plenty of water flowing from the Twin Falls.

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

One of the best short 4x4 trips in the area,you can get a good way back in a Subaru, but a High clearance 4x4 is best. It's absolutely gorgeous mountain scenery makes this a must do for any visit to Ouray, tours are available as...More

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Fairly easy drive with spectacular views along the million dollar highway, some hiking in this area.

Thank wphelps
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Beautiful off road drive that is not too rough. There were a few places on the road where you needed to pay extra attention so as not to drop a few hundred feet!! But the reward was unbelievable.

Thank Elizabeth L
Reviewed 8 September 2017

If you are a peak bagger and want to knock down a few great ones in the San Juan Mountains, this is the place to camp. You can tackle 14er Sneffels, high 13ers Teakettle, Potosi from here. Make sure you have a high clearance 4WD...More

Thank swadmin
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

This was our first time on a "moderate" trail, and we loved it! It got a little dicey when/if we had to back up, but the view at the top (12,400') was all worth it! We ate our lunch up there, looking out over an...More

Thank Nancy A
Reviewed 5 September 2017

can go pretty far without it but will need 4wd to get up high. take a left at the fork which bypasses a steep bad section of road. it should be obvious when u get there. i wasn't paying attention and came down the right...More

Thank HikerBiker2
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Trail requires solid experience to negotiate, but we saw a doe near the top, and she wasn't even frightened by the ATV noise. Trail to Imogene Pass is nearby - but that require EXPERT level riding experience.

1  Thank ParisToo
Reviewed 25 August 2017

We had to hike up from lowest pull off. Our AWD rental vehicles did not have enough ground clearance to go further so this added about 2 miles to hike. It was worth it . Great hike and climb to the top. Although I prefer...More

1  Thank Richard A
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Brindav C
22 July 2016|
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Response from Ricki G | Reviewed this property |
Your 4Runner should be fine - we went up in a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
9 February 2016|
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Response from Stuart G | Reviewed this property |
It's a wonderful experience without having to leave a vehicle with clean windows. The main road is mostly narrow, unpaved, with only occasional space to pull off.
10 August 2015|
Response from Bryan W |
The claims were located in 1875 by Michael Dermody and R. B. Town of Ouray, and later on were taken over by the Yankee Boy Mining Company of Boston, Mass. This company developed the group to a considerable extent. The Yankee... More