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Yankee Boy Basin

CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Gorgeous. Challenging. Popular.

Our July visit was rewarded with beautiful wildflowers. Our Subaru Forester made it a good portion... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Cincinnati, Ohio

The views were amazing and the drive wasn't too crazy. We took tons of photos and stopped along the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Broomfield, 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.
  • Excellent83%
  • Very good13%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Reviewed yesterday

Our July visit was rewarded with beautiful wildflowers. Our Subaru Forester made it a good portion up the road, we hiked the last 2 miles. We went early because BOY does it get crowded. There are dozens of AWD and FWD vehicles by the time...More

Thank RipplesGuy
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The views were amazing and the drive wasn't too crazy. We took tons of photos and stopped along the way. It was a really good area to pack lunch and enjoy the scenery. I particularly liked seeing all the old mines and waterfalls.

Thank lindseybell7
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Get of the main highways and do a little gravel road exploring. It's well worth your time, the views are outstanding.

Thank B0bR823
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is doable with a stock 4x4 and well worth the time and effort. Take a good camera and some snack foods.

Thank Tina N P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On July 2 there were fifty vehicles stuck in traffic. The ATV's have the road all chewed up. The All wheel drive cars that usually can go up there could not proceed. Jeeps we're getting stuck. The cars that usually go up were parking on...More

1  Thank SH1304
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dispersed camped up near the Mount Sneffels lower trailhead prior to our early morning summit. The road is good for any vehicle until you get to the turn to head up to the Mount Sneffels trailhead. From there high clearance 4wd is required as...More

Thank 001010110110101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a wonderful tour! The scenery was beautiful! We would go back and do this again! My Family loved it!

Thank Fidel P
Reviewed 3 weeks 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

1  Thank Carolyn R
Reviewed 9 June 2017 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 June 2017

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
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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.
8 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.
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