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Yankee Boy Basin

CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Ranked #2 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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Connecticut
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270 reviews 270 reviews
72 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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Liberty, Missouri
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The road to the basin was most likely only for 4x4 vehicles. We had one, and it appeared that most everyone else did too. The wildflowers are spectacular and so is the waterfall. A few narrow places on the ride up, but it was overall fun and worth it.

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Littleton, Colorado, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Wild Flowers! Everywhere, great hike, or 4x4 trail. some of the road is a bit narrow so be careful. There's a working mine along with an abandoned mine as well.

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Florida Keys, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Ouray is filled with lush landscapes most of the year and a complete winter wonderland for a time. Yankee Boy has got to be one of our favorite spots. The air is as clean as it gets there and if your not carefull you will find happiness. The trip is a little daunting but worth it and if you have... More

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Hartsburg, Missouri
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128 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Anyone suggesting using your family suv to drove this road really doesn't like you. There are rocks and bumps so large you see only air going over them in a jeep! There was one suv with his wheel hanging off the ledge waiting for a tow. Scenery was ok, if you've been to some of the other trails it was... More

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Corrales, New Mexico
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Well suited to the novice four wheel driver. We drove as far back as we could until an ice ledge stopped us. Some rock ledges Use low low and you'l be all right

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Ridgway
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

One of the favorite destinations of tour operators and locals alike. The basin is a riot of wildflowers in July and offers a 360 view of mountains in the 12-14000 foot range. Unlike some of the more challenging 4WD roads in the Ouray area, this trip up a county road 361 is well maintained and open for vehicle traffic well... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is an easy Jeep trail and it was obvious by how many people were up there. The scenery was awe inspiring and the waterfalls were raging due to all of the snow still up there in the basin. The morning we were there most people stopped at the bathroom area and didn't go any further. We went clear to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Take the fourwheel drive from Ouray city sights to spectacular mountain vistas! Even for the beginning driver, go for it! Crystal clear water and white gushing falls, simply stunning!

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San Antonio, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Yankee Boy Basin is rated "Easy" which was perfect as this was my husband's and my first time on a trail with our Jeep. We could only go so far as there was still too much snow but where we were able to go was so beautiful. Make sure to try this trail!

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