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Yankee Boy Basin

CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Nice peak bagging base

If you are a peak bagger and want to knock down a few great ones in the San Juan Mountains, this is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado

This was our first time on a "moderate" trail, and we loved it! It got a little dicey when/if we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nancy A
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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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  • Very good13%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank ParisToo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Richard A
Reviewed 14 August 2017

The road up was a lot of fun in our Jeep, but the views from the top are KILLER. If you don't drive something that you can make it up in, rent a Jeep. You won't be sorry.

Thank 541cloran
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Great 4x4 road, best for short wheelbase vehicles. Lots of flowers in July! They were starting to fade in these pictures taken in the first week of August. Great views. Beware of hikers on the road. There are several great hiking trails from that road....More

Thank William G. B
Reviewed 10 August 2017

You know you are in love when you elect to do Yankee Boy in a jeep with your in-laws and husband driving. Fortunately, he grew up here, worked the mine in college and knows how to drive the gnarliest roads around. We had done BlackBear...More

Thank SarahGerdes
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We went on a jeep tour up to Yankee Boy Basin. Perfect spot for pictures. Go in the morning before it rains. Don't try to go the day after a hard rain as there were creeks we had to drive through with our jeep

Thank d0ckah
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Our visit was great. This is a busy road, so expect lots of other 4x4s. Easy road with wonderful scenery. The wild flowers were out in full force the last week of July. Also saw plenty of wildlife. This is a good area to get...More

Thank jefft290
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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