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Yankee Boy Basin

CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Awesome, beautiful!

We started up and it was okay at first. But the trail got rougher and scary near the top. You need... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Carolyn R

Took a morning drive to Yankee Boy Basin while visiting Ouray. It was incredibly beautiful but not... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good13%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We started up and it was okay at first. But the trail got rougher and scary near the top. You need to take a four wheel drive vechicle. There's beautiful streams, lots of mountain views, and narrow roadways. The drop offs of these road ways...More

Thank Carolyn R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took a morning drive to Yankee Boy Basin while visiting Ouray. It was incredibly beautiful but not for the faint of heart. The road is easy early on but the last piece requires 4 wheel drive, at least when we did it in early June....More

1  Thank Cr0uses
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't have many 4 wheet drive trails to choose from, but it didn't matter one bit. I can't imagine a more scenic one than Yankee Boy. We couldn't go the entire way due to snow, but we made it up to the restrooms about...More

Thank ang0013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This trail was just snow plowed when we went. There were parts where i git a little nervous, it's a two way trail with enough room for one car at a time. If you don't have a jeep or a 4x4 I don't reccomend this...More

1  Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a jeep tour from "San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours" to Yankee Boy. It is a grand trip. If you go, go with San Juan jeeps and maybe you will be lucky enough to get Greg as your guide. He is very knowledgeable of...More

2  Thank Conte M
Reviewed 27 April 2017

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

2  Thank Samroll
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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