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One of the loveliest valleys in Colorado

This magical place is well worth visiting, preferably on a week day. It is being loved to death... read more

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granicera
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This is great any time of year but especially beautiful in summer with the wildflowers in bloom... read more

Reviewed October 19, 2018
261foodie
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Amarillo, Texas
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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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CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Reviewed yesterday

This magical place is well worth visiting, preferably on a week day. It is being loved to death. Enjoy the extraordinary wildflowers and mountain peaks. While you are there, get out of your car and climb a peak!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank granicera
Reviewed October 19, 2018

This is great any time of year but especially beautiful in summer with the wildflowers in bloom - a very easy 4 wheel road

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 261foodie
Reviewed October 11, 2018

On our way along the "million dollar highway" from Ouray to Silverton we saw these incredibly beautiful mountains sporting gorgeous colors of soil/rocks. This is an old mining area so there were some old left over mining shacks and structures which just added to the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

Note that if you travel up this road anytime before July 4, you will see some beauty but you won't get far if the road is still snowed over. If you ask locals, you can find out if the road is open or not. Ditto...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MisterTravels21
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

This is a gorgeous drive to waterfall and beyond! Photo ops galore! Plentiful wildflowers! Due to the tougher terrain, a higher clearance vehicle is advised.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank J2960DZcathyt
Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

We took a jeep excursion to yankee boy and it was beautiful. The flowers were everywhere and amazingly beautiful

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank tdisibio
Reviewed September 7, 2018

If you are in the area, take the time to drive up here (probably 4WD required). Then hike up to the lake. It's spectacular.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 883ryang
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Lots of traffic but still a great trail Atv is way more fun than all the jeeps and trucks we passed Still an awesome view and we lucked out on the weather It rained all around us all day but we had sunshine and awesome...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Swamo7836
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Been up this trails many times and it never gets old! Maybe camping up there is in order next time! Cheers!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BenHedrick
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

Ouray has some of the most spectacular scenery & Jeep trails in all of Colorado. Yankee Boy Basin is a not to be missed scenery delight. There’s a fairly rugged 4 wheel drive trail to Yankee Boy Basin ( tho’ i’ve seen my share of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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blfranke1911
October 15, 2018|
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Response from Dennis H | Reviewed this property |
If I recall correctly, you should have no problem.
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Elizabeth M
August 28, 2018|
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Response from Rollee S | Reviewed this property |
If your vehicle has pretty high clearance & good tires, you should be fine. As my review said, we saw subaru’s Up there. Imogene Pass, I hear, is another story. So, go to Yankee Basin & Governor’s Basin & you should be fine.
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