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Yankee Boy Basin

CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Ouray
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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Owner description: 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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Pasadena, CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The wildflowers were at near peak this year and the hillsides green due to the recent rains. The jeep trip to Yankee Boy is a lot of fun. Photo ops are abundant.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

NO I would not camp here anymore. It is overcrowded with jeepers, 4 wheelers, motorcycles and tour guides. OH, and the mines have opened back up so this place it like a freeway in the middle of what use to be campers paradise! :(

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Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

You will love this drive, but be prepared. 4WD recommended with steep curves and narrow roads. Views are unprecedented. I have photographed weddings up here, but be prepared for a lot of tourists and drivers who are not experienced with the rules of "jeeping". Wildflowers galore in July!

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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I love the San Juan Mountains and the Sneffels Range. Drop down into Telluride for a beer. Watch out for wannabe ice climbers.

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Las Vegas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Breathtaking,magnificent,felt like we were in Switzerland.. we went up further than the basin... had 4 wheel drive vehicle... a highlight of our trip to Colorado!

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Henderson, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

A few years ago we drove the 4X4 Yankey Boy Basin road. The color of the wild flowers was amazing. It was in the middle of July and the flowers were in full bloom. Suggest you go there in early summer.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This trail is so much fun!!!!!! Along with the breathtaking views and driving under a rock ledge you will love the little bits of history you see along the way. From a ladder still hanging from a mining hole to mining entrances so far up the mountain you are left wondering how in the world that was ever possible!!!!!!

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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61 reviews 61 reviews
40 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is a beautiful view. I am from Florida where it is totally flat and this land is just amazing. We were able to take to many pictures on the ride up and right near twin falls. Plan this as part of your trip for sure.

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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Beautiful ride. Loved the Twin Falls, beautiful fall colors! Would enjoy seeing this when the mountain flowers are in bloom.

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Colorado Spring
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Part of the fun on this hike is driving your 4 wheel drive vehicle to the trail head. Stunning views especially of the blue lakes once you get close to Sneffels

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