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Address: CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Surrounded by several mountain peaks (Potosi Peak, Teakettle Mountain,...

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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What a fun way to explore this area on a Rzr

Had a blast riding through Yankee Boy Basin. We rented a RZR and rode all up in the mountains. Lots of beautiful scenery, even though it was raining. Will definitely be coming... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Boones Mill, Virginia
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Boones Mill, Virginia
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a blast riding through Yankee Boy Basin. We rented a RZR and rode all up in the mountains. Lots of beautiful scenery, even though it was raining. Will definitely be coming back here again!

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

I grew up in the area and - as many amazing spots as there are in southwest Colorado - this still is my favorite place to spend a day. While it can get crowded in the summer, there just isn't anything like it. Beautiful waterfalls in June, wildflowers in summer, colors in fall, and skiing in winter. I live in... More 

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Branson, Missouri
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Enjoyed great hiking and scenery, wildlife viewing and picture taking. Able to drive my vehicle a large portion of the way on the main road.

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

We have been here six times and the scenery is off the charts. We would highly recommend this for one of your vacation stops.

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Orinda, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Our jeep tour guide choose the Yankee Bay Basin tour after I mentioned that I liked waterfalls. Amazing to have waterfalls in October. That and fall color made for a lovely morning.

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Centennial, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Easy day excursion out of Ouray, and well worth the trip. We timed it a bit early for maximum autumn colors, yet it would be worth the effort during any season.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

WE visited Co for the first time in mid summer. Using a couple of Motorcycles we traveled up to Yankee Boy Basin, and what a stunning place this is. The inital 7 or 8 miles is easy, then it gets pretty hairy on Motorcycle.

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Lone Tree, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Been to YB basin 5-6 times, at different times of the summer season. Late July-early August is the best for wildflowers. Best enjoyed from a high-clearance 4-WD. For a real treat and adventure, after observing the twin falls, take Imogene Pass to Telluride and return via Ophir Pass. Its a full day of fun and excitement and not for the... More 

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Durango, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Unbelieveable jeep trip, views were outstanding and had a great time and photo's. took a ton of photo's and will be back again.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

It is a bit of a drive and you will need to go slow but this trip is worth the effort. We have made this trip over the years in all sorts of vehicles, high clearance and sedans. We, obviously, have not been able to get as far with the sedans, but there is still plenty of great terrain to... More 

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