Governor Basin

Ouray, Colorado (Ouray County)

Last Updated: 10/28/2019
5 /5 ( 4 reviews )
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Status: Impassable
Typically Open: 07/01 - 11/01
Length: 2.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 11773 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Ouray
Nearest Town w/ Services: Ouray
Official Road Name: Ouray County Rd. 26A
Management Agency: Uncompahgre National Forest
District: Montrose Ranger District
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Highlights

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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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0.00 mi)
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

Trailhead Coordinates: 37.979340, -107.759160

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.

Camping

Not allowed

Trail Reviews (7)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Impassable
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Currently, San Juan County has issued CLOSURES on all their backcountry passes. San Miguel, Hinsdale, and Ouray County issued a travel at your own risk advisory. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/maps-pubs/?cid=fsbdev3_002300

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Ran this as part of the 2019 Unlimited LJ Adventure. Trail is 100% open from beginning to end. Looks like a dozer came in and cleared the remaining snow drifts so they could access the working mine up there. The views are great as always and we even met a historian at the end documenting some things in the area and filling us in with a lot of great history.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
8/12/19 - The trail is open 95% of the way. Snow is still blocking the the last 200 yards of the trail. I seriously doubt it will clear by the end of the season.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Impassable
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Heavy snow pack and late season snow falls have greatly affected the opening date to many of the trails in the San Juan Mountains. I will try to quickly update these trail guides to reflect when the hard working plow and dozer operators are able to dig these wonderful trails out for all of us to enjoy. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/maps-pubs/?cid=fsbdev3_002300

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
Snow has fallen making this trail impassable until next season, closed at the top by snow according to the U.S Forest Service. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/maps-pubs/?cid=fsbdev3_002300

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Among the most scenic Ouray trails, Governor Basin is a favorite of mine. The road was fully open on this visit, and I got to drive to the end where the gate is situated some 500 yds. from the mining structure. Wildflowers were still abundant, but clearly beyond prime in late August. We saw a mature Big Horn ram just beyond the intersection of Sydney Basin, sitting beneath a cliff on the stone rubble. It was amazing!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
We drove the Governor Basin Road as part of a four-day excursion in Ouray/Silverton/Telluride. This is a short and beautiful road ascending high in the mountains, with spectacular views all around. We found that the snow bank (Waypoint 5) was still large enough to prevent passage of 4-wheel vehicles; hikers, mountain bikes, and motorcycles could pass with relative ease.

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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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