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Address: CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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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Yankee Boy Basin

This is THE most beautiful place I have ever been! Situated close to 11,000 feet, but still plenty of large, towering peaks surrounding you. Beautiful twin falls is the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This is THE most beautiful place I have ever been! Situated close to 11,000 feet, but still plenty of large, towering peaks surrounding you. Beautiful twin falls is the signature feature of this basin, but if you visit in mid-July, the entire basin is carpeted in wildflowers. Well worth the 4WD, sometimes hair-raising trip to get up there!

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Parker, Colorado
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This hike was the highlight of our honeymoon! Hiking this trail has led me to believe that calling Ouray the "Switzerland of America" is not correct, it should be the "New Zealand of America!" The stark, jagged peak with the low clouds rolling over them is a sight to behold, truly. This is probably the best hike I've been on.... More 

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Ouray, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Take your family on the finest Jeep trail around... climb past the mining town of Sneffels that once had 2000 people living at about 10,500 feet... all year when the weather and roads were good enough for mules only. You will go past Twin falls... a view like no other... two waterfalls that appear to be 4 and a background... More 

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Pasadena, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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