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Yankee Boy Basin

CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Ouray
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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Ouray, Colorado
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Wildlfowers, historic mining towns, incredible views, twin waterfalls that are best seen late spring or early summer. Wildflowers are best in late June or July, depending on rainfall. We drive up here every year, and often go with SOA jeep tours so we can just look and not worry about driving.

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Montrose, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This road is rough and must be driven in a short wheel base vehicle. The views are amazing. This is also the route you would take to climb Mount Sneffles.

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Southern Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Fairly simple drive if you have some experience, otherwise take a tour with San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours. Breathtaking views.

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Riverside, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

It was a great Jeep Tour for us. I recommend the Jeep Tour because you get the history behind the views & sites.

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Montrose, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

A four wheel drive trip for sure. Worth the effort and good for novice four wheelers. You are not hanging on the edge of the road. Road is closed by snow. Opens usually in May. June or July is best for wildflower viewing. Be aware that weather sometimes moves in afternoons. Take a lunch and water. Hiking, photography and just... More

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Santa Fe
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Good place to take the family to get 'inside' the mountains as it is an easy and short day trip. Lots of short trails and places to picnic with great views. Best in Summer and Fall but just as fun in the Spring if you like to wade in snow and get a little wet. Lot's of tourists so you... More

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Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

When visiting Ouray for the first time this is the half day trip most folks take and it is a great introduction to the mountains. Beautiful views, visit the waterfall featured on the Coors beer can. Bathrooms, rare in mountains. We like SOA jeep tour company for this trip.

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Northern Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Rick, the driver, was full of history and was a great driver....we loved the jeep trip & will definitely go again only for a full day!

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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15 reviews 15 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Beautiful drive, but watch out for the cement trucks using the narrow road. Spectacular scenery and well-worth the drive. It's not paved so expect your car to get dusty or muddy!

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Erie, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Fun, slightly challenging (because it was snowing at the top), 4x4 trail. Beautiful and scenic. We had 14 Jeeps in our group. Came across a fair amount of traffic on the trail. Kinda tight for passing.

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