Yankee Boy Basin
Yankee Boy Basin
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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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  • Cnieves3
    Edmond, Oklahoma203 contributions
    God's Country for sure!
    Worth the visit. This was so beautiful. Make sure you stop and walk around the abandoned mine and look down the shaft. We stayed for about 30 minutes and the rushing water, fantastic views and sunshine made this place a core memory. Definitely worth taking a Jeep up there.
    Written June 20, 2022
  • Hopper211
    Denver, Colorado227 contributions
    Stunningly Beautiful!
    We rented an ATV to explore Yankee Boy. It was incredibly beautiful and the trails were mostly manageable for us (novices). It was pretty cold in late September, though, so I'd recommend checking it out in the summer months if you can.
    Written November 14, 2020
  • astromandan
    33 contributions
    Most beautiful flowers in Colorado
    This is a beautiful basin with soaring peaks and during the right time of summer flowers galore. That time of summer is a little unpredictable due to winter snows and summer rains. It is becoming very crowded up there. You really can't get their in a regular car, so I recommend that you take a local jeep tour. They get more people per vehicle and thus cut down the congestion (and no, I don't own one of the tour companies).
    Written February 27, 2020
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KP
13 contributions
Sep 2021
We took a tour with a local company (Alpine 4x4 tours) which is the way to go since this drive/road is not for the inexperienced driver. If you have the right kind of vehicle and experience with rough rocky roads you'll love it. View are wonderful. Lots of history in the area I was not aware of until we took the tour.
Written September 24, 2021
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dktx
Frisco, TX129 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
With a 4-wheel drive vehicle you can see spectacular mountain vistas all around. There are a few technical driving opportunities, so we were glad we had rented a Jeep in-town. (High clearance 4 x 4 recommended)

There was still snow covering the road above the Wright’s Lake trailhead so we hiked to the lake and had lunch. Even though the lake was still frozen it was absolutely beautiful.
Written June 14, 2021
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bkowalk
South Jordan, UT48 contributions
Aug 2020
Gorgeous views, and not too challenging. Obstacles get progressively harder, so you can decide as you go if you need to turn back. The final mile or two will require good clearance, but there aren’t any massive obstacles. Did the trail in a 2011 Grand Cherokee Overland (higher clearance than a normal Cherokee) and it did great. Even saw a Subaru Outback that had somehow made it all the way to the top. I’m sure by the skin of their teeth, but they made it!

Just don’t make the mistake I did and combine this with Imogene pass! That trail was much more advanced, much longer, and rattled my soul right out of my body to remind me my vehicle was inadequate. Something to keep in mind if you’re looking at the two trails!

Written August 19, 2020
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Jill A
7 contributions
Sep 2020
We were in a 4 wheel drive truck and were able to make it almost to the top; however, that last mile or so would have needed a shorter wheel base and higher clearance than we had, but still was so worth the trip! The views were breathtaking & we were at 11,280 ft elevation. It is not for the faint of heart however, because that road is narrow & no guard rails for peace of mind. I must say, sometimes, I said a little prayer! Great experience. Next time, we'll have a vehicle to make it all the way up.
Written October 4, 2020
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mwolins
Concord, NC5 contributions
Aug 2020
We visited Yankee Boy Basin and Governors Basin on August 5th. I suspect it may have been better several weeks earlier. The wildflowers were mostly bloomed out. However, I'm writing this review so everyone is aware, you DO NOT NEED A JEEP or special vehicle to get to Yankee Boy Basin during this time of year. The road is well maintained with a parking area along the road about a half mile from the waterfall. I sure wish we hadn't paid for an overpriced jeep tour! While it would have been a lot longer hike to get to Governor's Basin, that was certainly not worth the jeep tour either. Way more mining than wildflowers. If you hike at all, there are many areas more beautiful. Our tour guide was very enthusiastic about the increased mining activity of the past few years but as a nature lover, I'll go elsewhere in the future.
Written August 21, 2020
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Founder of the HBS Wine & Cuisine Societ
El Paso, TX2,171 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We really Dare to drive the Yankee Boy Basin Road Yankee Boy Basin Road, a great 4x4 trail located southwest of Ouray, in Colorado. The road is accessible from June until October. It's a 4.7 miles road and one of the highest mountain trail of Colorado. It climbs up to Yankee Boy Basin, an alpine basin in Ouray County, nestled at an elevation of 12,526ft. The road is really scary if you are afraid of heights. But absolutely gorgeous!

The drive is one of the most popular destinations in the Ouray area due to its stunning natural beauty, rich history and colorful wildflowers. The wildflowers and waterfalls along this road attract photographers from all over the world and the abandoned mines are great for history buffs. There are mines, abandoned cabins, waterfalls, wildflowers, and of course, the incredible Mount Sneffels. Travelling to Yankee Boy Basin should not be attempted by low clearance passenger cars it does not work. But we did with my Mercedes Benz ML400!
Written July 24, 2020
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Brssjunk
Tucson, AZ1,129 contributions
Jul 2021
We took one of the local services up to see the wild flowers and this year we hit at exactly the right time! The basin is spectacular and there were an astonishing number of different types of flowers, and the area was just carpeted with them.

We were sad to see that the roads had really deteriorated since we were there last time 10 years ago. The ATVs spinning their wheels has exposed the rock underbed and they do not grade the roads to smooth them at all. The result is that it is now very difficult to get up there without a service to take you up. We were delighted with our trip with Alpine Scenic Tours, but would have liked to be able to access it on our own.
Written July 16, 2021
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RichSGF
Springfield, MO311 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We were fortunate enough to be taking up their courtesy of Alpine Scenic Jeep Tours.
I would definitely go up there in the mornings if you can book one of their tours at 9 AM you’ll get back in time for a late lunch 🥗.
But your eyes will not be hungry because they were taking in all the beauty that you will see especially if you go in late July when all the wildflowers are in bloom.

Written July 30, 2020
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BareboatCaption
Fountain Hills145 contributions
Jul 2022
This trip requires a 4xx4 with low range....not your AWD Rav4 or the like.. As already described the first 7 miles are passable in most any vehicle but the remaining few miles reuire stream crossing and increased ground clearance. We chose to walk the last few miles since my companion wqas a little nervous about the road. Stopped at the waterfal which , on this occasion, had the greatest variety of flowers on the trip. Walked to Yankee boy from there to observe the surrounding mountains and flowers. Fun trip. Thunder storm hit just as we were leaving so start early in the AM for the best weather.
Written July 18, 2022
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NBethS
Fort Worth, TX119 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
For our family this place is nearly holy. My dad died in this canyon, but due to his own mistakes, so we make this a pilgrimage of sorts. Can’t even begin to count how many picnics we’ve had here. It is well protected so the alpine tundra is spectacular. The twin falls should look familiar to Coors drinkers. It’s on every can. The flowers change as summer progresses so there’s a new spectacular taking place every couple of weeks. Hold onto your phones tho. Once they’re in the river they’re gone forever! Experience speaks!
Written July 7, 2021
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