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Jeep excursion

We took a jeep excursion to yankee boy and it was beautiful. The flowers were everywhere and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Houston, Texas
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Wow - Do this drive / hike

If you are in the area, take the time to drive up here (probably 4WD required). Then hike up to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ryan G
Denver, Colorado
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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.
CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took a jeep excursion to yankee boy and it was beautiful. The flowers were everywhere and amazingly beautiful

Thank tdisibio
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in the area, take the time to drive up here (probably 4WD required). Then hike up to the lake. It's spectacular.

Thank Ryan G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of traffic but still a great trail Atv is way more fun than all the jeeps and trucks we passed Still an awesome view and we lucked out on the weather It rained all around us all day but we had sunshine and awesome...More

Thank Swamo7836
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been up this trails many times and it never gets old! Maybe camping up there is in order next time! Cheers!

Thank BenHedrick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ouray has some of the most spectacular scenery & Jeep trails in all of Colorado. Yankee Boy Basin is a not to be missed scenery delight. There’s a fairly rugged 4 wheel drive trail to Yankee Boy Basin ( tho’ i’ve seen my share of...More

1  Thank Rollee S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This road starts just north of Ouray. It starts out as a pretty normal dirt road, but soon becomes 4-wheel drive and high clearance only. Pay attention to this. We saw a pickup truck stuck up there; he had a hard time getting turned around...More

1  Thank dustycoyote
Reviewed 12 August 2018

You have seen this area in many magazines, but may not have known where it is. On a map it is sort of a divide between Ouray and Telluride. It's accessible in a 4 wheel high clearance vehicle or with a tour company from either...More

Thank grammiegogo
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Our drive up Yankee Boy was stunning! The drive is not difficult, we drove it and was back at our hotel within 3 hours easily. Lots of gorgeous views and waterfalls, definitely worth it to stop and explore some. This drive is less difficult than...More

Thank H7637FVkarenm
Reviewed 6 August 2018

I'd heard of Yankee Boy Basin all my life, and now I know why it is so highly rated for beauty and photo-ops. We were between bloomings of the wildflowers, but some were still in bloom. Waterfalls and rocks just go together!!!

Thank Coffeebeans8
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

worth the visit. drive up is tricky. best month is probably June at the height of the water run off from the mountains.

Thank Susan C
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Elizabeth M
28 August 2018|
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Response from Rollee S | Reviewed this property |
If your vehicle has pretty high clearance & good tires, you should be fine. As my review said, we saw subaru’s Up there. Imogene Pass, I hear, is another story. So, go to Yankee Basin & Governor’s Basin & you should be fine.
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.