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Yankee Boy Basin 4x4 Road, Colorado

Stunning natural beauty and amazing wildflowers

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 9.3 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  One of the most popular destinations in the Ouray area due to its stunning natural beauty, rich history and colorful wildflowers. At... more »

Tips:  Yankee Boy Basin is famous for its incredible wildflower displays. Photographers flock to the area and traffic can be very heavy in... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking and Staging Area

Lots of room on right to park and unload unlicensed vehicles.

2. Drinking Cup Photo Spot

Look for a natural spring near this dramatic photo spot.

3. Climbing up Camp Bird Road

As you climb up Camp Bird Road the trail gets a little steeper, but it's still not a difficult drive.

4. Left Turn for Imogene Pass

Watch for signs on left for Imogene Pass and Telluride. This is a fantastic trail, but ATVs must turn around just a little past Tomboy townsite.

5. Left Turn for Governor Basin

Watch for signs on left for Governor Basin and Ruby Trust Mine.

6. Parking Area / Toilet

Small parking area with vault toilet. Many people stop here and miss the best part of the trail. There is a gate a little higher up that doesn t open until all the snow has melted. After that the trail gets more difficult, but many stock SUVs make it all the way to the end.

7. Falls, Wildflowers, and Views

Twin Falls is one of the primary attractions of Yankee Boy. Many people also visit the area to photograph wildflowers and just enjoy the amazing views.

8. Trail Ends

A small parking area for Blue Lakes Hiking Trail marks end of trail at 12,400 ft. You must turn around here.