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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
Owner description: Surrounded by several mountain peaks (Potosi Peak, Teakettle Mountain, Cirque Mountain, Stony Mountain, and Gilpin Mountain), Yankee Boy Basin is a... more » 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. « less
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and I rented a Jeep from Colorado West Jeeps and took it to Yankee Boy Basin and although it took a bit of care to drive the trail the views were entirely worth it! If you don't have a high clearance 4x4 vehicle I think you would want to stop at the outhouse you find on the trail... More

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Great trail to take your Jeep up. Be careful at the switchbacks since portions of the upper trail is very narrow and challenging when meeting another vehicle. What beautiful along the way with small pullouts allowing you to stop for pictures. Enjoy and take your time--careful !!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Stunning scenery up an old mining road. High clearance 4WD recommended. It gets crowded, so plan to go early, especially during the wildflower season.

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Denver, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Stunning drive up the canyon, true mountain wilderness, great in a rental Jeep. Some particularly frightening bits due to high, curvy gravel roads so slim that two cars can't pass each other and require someone to back up. Scared the wife to pieces a few times and we eventually had to turn back to keep her sanity and my marriage... More

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McKinney, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We did the Yankee Boy Basin jeep tour with Switzerland of America and loved it! Beautiful area to the Twin Falls (full of wildflowers), surrounding mountains, and some history of the area. Would not hesitate to do another tour with this company!

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Columbus, Texas
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Wow...Just Wow! And then we would drive a little further and...Wow! I think all I said during this trip was "wow!" The flowers in the basin during summer are something to absolutely not miss if you are in Ouray. We rented a Jeep for this. I wouldn't say it was that difficult a drive, but people sure do bring some... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The summer rains brought out the magnificent, nearly meter high carpet of wild flowers. Fantastic!!! Road is definitely 4-wheel, but not really needed except the last mile, or so.

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Mineral Wells, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

If you are in the area this is a must see! So breathtaking! I love this area. We have rented cabins in Ouray and stead for a month.

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

It was a beautiful trail but not very challenging. My un-lifted 4x4 Titan made it no problem. Beautiful Flowers and waterfalls. We didn't go past the out house the trail gets more challenging after that.

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Connecticut
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204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Highly recommended! We rented ATVs to explore up to Wright Lake at the base of Mt. Sneffels. Simply breathtaking! The wild flowers in July were such a treat! It is the prettiest place I have ever been.

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