Yankee Boy Basin

Ouray, Colorado (Ouray County)

Last Updated: 05/11/2022
4.8 / 5 ( 26 reviews )
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Highlights

Highlight: Yankee Boy Basin
Picture the grandeur of Colorado, and the area that comes to mind may certainly be Yankee Boy Basin. This spectacular area has been immortalized in many landscape photos and calendars of Colorado mountains. Yankee Boy Basin offers something for most anyone that makes the trek into its mountains. From some of the most lush and beautiful evergreen forests one can imagine, seemingly infinite fields of wildflowers that stretch from peak to peak in the later part of July, to stunning craggy peaks that stand watch over the area, including the formidable 14,158 foot Mt. Sneffels. In addition to the natural wonders of Yankee Boy Basin, this area once held some of the richest mining history in the state of Colorado. Still active gold and silver mines contrast the approximately 130 year old mining ruins present from a bygone era. More information about the mining industry in the area as well as splendid photographs of the mines working in their heyday can be found at Miningartifacts.org

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( EASY - MODERATE )

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is well marked on the south side of US 550. There is plenty of area for vehicles to stage and air down. This area is also a trailhead for the Ouray Perimeter and Ice Park Loop hiking trails. The first 1.5 miles of the route are dotted with residential homes. Please be mindful of those with homes in the area and reduce your speed accordingly.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Ouray, CO

From the corner of US 550 and 6th Avenue in Ouray: Travel south on US 550 for 0.6 miles. In the first switchback as US 550 exits the town of Ouray, turn right and follow signs for Camp Bird Road and Box Canyon Falls. The trailhead is noted at the forest service information sign approximately 100 yards off of US 550. A large OHV Parking area is present across US 550 from Camp Bird Road.

Camping

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Trail Reviews (35)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Thinking of doing Yankee Boy Basin in a couple of weekends. Could a stock F150 or Tacoma TRD get to the end? If not how for can we reasonably expect to get? Thanks!
–Prosper Wang (09/06/2018)
–Neal A. Tew (10/03/2018)
–Alec (10/02/2018)
–Prosper Wang (09/06/2018)

Writer Information

Greg Stokes

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Greg Stokes Is a Colorado native, born and raised in Colorado Springs. He has been off-roading since childhood, his parents say his first trip was a Jeep run over Medano Pass when he was only 14 Months old. Greg has been at the wheel of everything from dirtbikes, ATV's, early Jeep CJ5's that he has restored, Wranglers, and presently explores in a 1997 80 Series Toyota Land Cruiser and a 2016 Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle. Greg is a proud Husband and Father of 3. His passion in the off road world is the vehicle-reliant world of Overlanding. He hopes to one day make it to Canada to Explore the Yukon and Northwest territories.
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