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Address: CO Route 550 South, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO
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Surrounded by several mountain peaks (Potosi Peak, Teakettle Mountain,...

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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I cut my offroad teeth on Yankee Boy 25+ years ago on a local guided tour. It was amazing and we decided "we" could do this and bough our first Toyota 4Runner. We've been back... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I cut my offroad teeth on Yankee Boy 25+ years ago on a local guided tour. It was amazing and we decided "we" could do this and bough our first Toyota 4Runner. We've been back multiple times per year every since. The trail is very easy access right above town, so you will get a LOT of first timers and... More 

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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This trail was ranked as one of the beginner, easy ones, however, we found it to be more difficult than we expected. There were some passes that were near steep drop offs and were clearly only 1 car width, so we feared we run into another vehicle and have to back up the hill. Sites were pretty. There were some... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Now granted Yankee Boy Basin is beautiful and stunning and the flowers are terrific......but......... it has become a bit of a freeway.... too many.... people flying up and down the roads in rentals they probably shouldn't be driving and blowing past people who are actually behaving as they should on the mountain roads. There is very easy access to Yankee... More 

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Vaugines, France
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

In the spring when the wildflowers break out it'll take your breath away. If you're afraid to drive to it, you can get a jeep driver in Ouray. Places to hike and picnic.

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Thank Boylan424
Wharton, Texas
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

You must go here. You can do it most times in a pickup truck. Jeep would be best but a pickup with decent clearance can make it. Just be careful when you meet another vehicle. Can be a little tight in places but there are many pullouts. Once you get there you will be glad you came. Go!!!

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1 Thank Samroll
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

This is a beautiful drive with more than enough visual "eye candy" if you are a nature nut like me! I took so many photos that my card was filled and had to down load for the second half of the trip! The water falls could be seen from the areas we traveled. The scenery was green and lush! The... More 

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Thank CJ D
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

This road right out of Ouray is a wonderful drive. We attempted this road with some snow on the ground. It is best driven with a 4x4 and with caution. Similar to some of the other trails, there are cliffs and narrows passes along the road but nothing too challenging or technical. The views are amazing and worth the drive.

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Thank Charles T
New Ulm, MN
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

Our Colorado West Jeep tour got us here during the peak time for wildflowers (late July in 2016). The waterfalls were also still flowing freely and the scenery was nothing less than spectacular.

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Aurora, Colorado
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

A MUST if you have 4x4 we loved it and there was not too many areas that were "scary" The mountains were steep, and the wind was up when we were there

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Kingston NY
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Took a great trip in light snow and cold. Good driver with lots of info on the mines and the road to the top. Like to see the place in the sunshine. Not a drive I would do myself

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