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Address: CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Description: 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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My most favorite place on Earth -above timberline!

When I think of all of the places I have traveled, Yankee Boy Basin always comes to the top of my list of favorites! The majestic beauty, the incredible peaks, the thrill of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

When I think of all of the places I have traveled, Yankee Boy Basin always comes to the top of my list of favorites! The majestic beauty, the incredible peaks, the thrill of driving the road, mines and the beautiful wildflowers are certainly phenomenal reasons to go - but the stunning views and the twin waterfalls are reason to just... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We rented an ATV, drove above the tree line and explored the area ourselves. Stunning views, deep gorges, beautiful nature. Great experience, very impressive!

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Keystone, Colorado
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This day trip has everything for the Colorado Rocky mountain jeep experience. There are waterfalls, rivers, active mines, abandoned mines, high mountain peaks and finally the basin itself. The last few miles are a little rugged and not advised for other than 4WD vehicles with high clearance. There is ample parking a few miles before the basin and it can... More 

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Redwood Valley, California
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Hiking the trail, the views were stunning. Lots of jeep traffic brought a lot of people. Kids had a drone up at one of the lakes which distracted from the natural beauty of the place. Gorgeous wildflowers.

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Singapore, Singapore
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74 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Rented a Jeep and drove Yankee Boy. About a 4 hour trip with stunning scenery and a challenging jeep ride. This is considered one of the easier long trails, but don't let that fool you. There is plenty of thrill factor involved the deeper you go on this trail. Wildlife, old gold mines, narrow trails, and plenty of off road... More 

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Beavercreek, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

One beauty of an outdoor area. The ATV traffic coupled with the Jeep traffic is a growing painn for hikers.

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Talihina, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

If you don't own a Jeep, do yourself a favor and rent one in Ouray and go up Yankee Boy! Outstanding scenery and a pretty easy drive with a 4WD. Be careful just past the public bathroom area and stay to the left, rather than the uphill right fork. There is a spot that a vehicle that doesn't have a... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This was fun. We took our stock Land Cruiser among all the Jeeps and ATVs. There are a few spots with very cool overhangs. About halfway up the trail gets rougher and slower, but still moderate compared to true off road. If you have a group member fearful of heights, you may want to rent a jeep or hire a... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Somewhat challenging road in spots. We road ATV's and had a great time. Beautiful scenery. There is one toilet after the split between Governor's basin and Yankee Boy

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Montgomery, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

All kinds of terrain to test your driving skills and in some cases your rig. We enjoyed the cliff hangers and Vistas when crossing Imogene Pass and the beautiful views especially on the Telluride side. If you don't have a jeep they can be rented in Ouray or Telluride or there are tours for the major trAils

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