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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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Perfect Picnic Place

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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New Ulm, MN
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New Ulm, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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Payson, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

First time on this road. We turned back at the Twin Falls due to the road being washed out. Several trucks went right on past us thru the rough area that we were afraid of getting stuck in. The drive is beautiful! Several narrow areas that allow one vehicle at a time, no problem. High cliffs, so if you are... More 

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Mesa,AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We went there with Alpine Scenic Jeep Tours. It is truly spectacular with the fall colors in Oct. Got some amazing pictures.

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Montrose, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Yankee Boy Basin comes alive with a dazzling carpet if alpine wildflowers every July. You need 4-wheel drive and high clearance to get there but it is a showcase for Colorado wild flowers and is well worth the effort.

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Thank 673jaya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

This is not the he easiest way or most accessible way to see the blue lakes, but is a pretty hike. My Sneffles trailhead is from this basin. Plan on extra hiking if you don't have a high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

This location is absolutely amazing. If it's not on your bucket list, it should be. We decided to visit it on the recommendation of a friend who lives in Ouray. It was amazing. The road is very precarious and often difficult to traverse at times. It is often 1-lane with steep drop-offs on one side. Once you get into the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We drove this dirt road until it got a bit rough without a proper Jeep. Deep canyons along a river drainage. Fall colors everywhere. We hear it is fantastic with wildflowers in the summer time.

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Pflugerville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

If you get a chance, do it! It's a beautiful drive and the scenery is awesome! Lots and lots of things to look at!

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