Governor Basin

Ouray, Colorado (Ouray County)

Last Updated: 05/20/2022
5 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Highlight: Governor Basin
Offering gorgeous vistas of the jagged St. Sophia Ridge and beautiful wildflowers in late July, Governor Basin is a great route for travelers who wish to have the beautiful scenery that it's sister trail, Yankee Boy Basin has to offer, without the vehicle traffic that sometimes occurs. This route leads through stunning evergreen forest and ends high above timberline at the well preserved Mountain Top Mine.


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The trailhead is easily visible along Yankee Boy Basin Road. At the beginning of the trail, The imposing Stony Mountain is beautifully framed by the tall evergreen forest on either side of the trail.

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. Follow Camp Bird Road west for 4.5 miles. At Camp Bird Mine, bear right at the fork and follow signs for Forest Service Road 853. Forest Service Road 853 is the route into Yankee Boy Basin. Follow FS 853 for an additional 2.1 miles. The trailhead is well marked on the (left) south side of the road.


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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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