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Yankee Boy Basin

CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Make it what you want it to be

I cut my offroad teeth on Yankee Boy 25+ years ago on a local guided tour. It was amazing and we... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Not as easy as we thought

This trail was ranked as one of the beginner, easy ones, however, we found it to be more difficult... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
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“twin falls” (18 reviews)
CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I cut my offroad teeth on Yankee Boy 25+ years ago on a local guided tour. It was amazing and we decided "we" could do this and bough our first Toyota 4Runner. We've been back multiple times per year every since. The trail is very...More

Thank M R N
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This trail was ranked as one of the beginner, easy ones, however, we found it to be more difficult than we expected. There were some passes that were near steep drop offs and were clearly only 1 car width, so we feared we run into...More

Thank Roberta H
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Now granted Yankee Boy Basin is beautiful and stunning and the flowers are terrific......but......... it has become a bit of a freeway.... too many.... people flying up and down the roads in rentals they probably shouldn't be driving and blowing past people who are actually...More

Thank fellin8690tf
Reviewed 3 March 2017

In the spring when the wildflowers break out it'll take your breath away. If you're afraid to drive to it, you can get a jeep driver in Ouray. Places to hike and picnic.

Thank Boylan424
Reviewed 2 March 2017

You must go here. You can do it most times in a pickup truck. Jeep would be best but a pickup with decent clearance can make it. Just be careful when you meet another vehicle. Can be a little tight in places but there are...More

1  Thank Samroll
Reviewed 3 February 2017

This is a beautiful drive with more than enough visual "eye candy" if you are a nature nut like me! I took so many photos that my card was filled and had to down load for the second half of the trip! The water falls...More

Thank CJ D
Reviewed 12 January 2017

This road right out of Ouray is a wonderful drive. We attempted this road with some snow on the ground. It is best driven with a 4x4 and with caution. Similar to some of the other trails, there are cliffs and narrows passes along the...More

Thank Charles T
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Our Colorado West Jeep tour got us here during the peak time for wildflowers (late July in 2016). The waterfalls were also still flowing freely and the scenery was nothing less than spectacular.

1  Thank AlumniGuy
Reviewed 11 November 2016

A MUST if you have 4x4 we loved it and there was not too many areas that were "scary" The mountains were steep, and the wind was up when we were there

1  Thank Leslie M
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Took a great trip in light snow and cold. Good driver with lots of info on the mines and the road to the top. Like to see the place in the sunshine. Not a drive I would do myself

Thank kgnbuff
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Brindav C
Hi and thank you for the posting. Can I take a Toyota 4Runner up Yankee Boy Basin road to Twin Falls? I hear so many versions I am not sure, being a first-time visitor to Ouray.
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.
What about wheel chair access to these sites? I see nothing on that.
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.
Everything! What's the history? All u have r reviews by tourists n a map. I already have a map n am not interested in amateur opinions.
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