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Yankee Boy Basin

CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Scenic Jeep Run

This road starts just north of Ouray. It starts out as a pretty normal dirt road, but soon becomes... read more

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dustycoyote
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Tucson, Arizona
Spectaular but may need 4 wheel drive or a tour.

You have seen this area in many magazines, but may not have known where it is. On a map it is sort... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
grammiegogo
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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.
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  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Reviewed yesterday

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!!!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first trail we rode Rangers on. It was beautiful! We left mid-morning and it wasn't to busy but got busier close to noon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Breathtaking scenery. My first off-roading and it wasn't too bad. We did Ophir and Imogene Pass later in the week, and that was some white knuckle driving. Yankee Boy Basin was fun, lots of places to hike and amazing wildflowers. Highly recommend. I would suggest...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Yankee Boy Basin is breathtaking! The mountains are amazing. The flowers are so beautiful! Every color and type of flower imaginable. The waterfall is outstanding also. My favorite spot! Drive up is generally good. Sometimes the road gets a but rough. We drove it in...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We rented a UTV and drove up to Yankee Boy Basin. I was very nervous at first but it really wasn't bad at all. We got up very high. The wildflowers were in full bloom and the views were breathtaking. If you're not comfortable driving...More

Thank noeybear
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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

This was an incredible trail. We did it via our personal Jeep. Not scary and the wild flowers were breathtaking. Wear hiking shoes and always bring water.

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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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