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Yankee Boy Basin

CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Breathtaking

Good time we saw Marmots, Chipmunks, deer,elk and snow. Water falls and old mines. Running water... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bradley B
A must-see!

We took a Jeep tour here with Alpine Scenic Tours and are so glad we did. The views are stunning... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Shari 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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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“yankee boy” (47 reviews)
“high clearance” (26 reviews)
“twin falls” (20 reviews)
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CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Good time we saw Marmots, Chipmunks, deer,elk and snow. Water falls and old mines. Running water from snow melt is awesome.

Thank Bradley B
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took a Jeep tour here with Alpine Scenic Tours and are so glad we did. The views are stunning! We came in June and it was chilly in the basin so we were glad we brought our jackets. There a ton of beautiful views...More

Thank Shari A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I rented a Jeep from a local place and had a wonderful time on the trail to Yankee Boy Basin! Such a beautiful part of Colorado!

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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

4  Thank haleschnm
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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.

3  Thank Robert G
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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

1  Thank Jim W
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

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

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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Jinglebob
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.
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