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Yankee Boy Basin, Ouray

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Geologic Formation · Hiking Trail
Brave the dirt road up to Yankee Boy Basin, a scenic alpine valley in Colorado's San Juan Mountains. The 7.5 km (4.7 mi) road remains accessible from June to October for high clearance vehicles only. Drive the winding, narrow trail through the canyon and to the basin, where you can spot a variety of native animals, including black bears and deer. Don't forget your camera--the valley's colorful wildflowers and mountainous backdrop make for postcard-worthy photographs. Plan your Yankee Boy Basin visit and explore what else you can see and do in Ouray using our Ouray travel tool.
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  • Great view from our jeep tour. It took us a while to get there, but it was worth it. We had a wonderful tour.  more »
  • Most beautiful place I've been. Worth the jeep trip there. Gorgeous wildflowers and mountain views..  more »
  • One of the most beautiful places in Colorado. Make sure you get there using a high clearance 4wd.
  • Best time to go is in July for the best show of wild flowers. Have a guide take you on a Jeep ride to this place. The road to this place gets very narrow and dangerous.. you'll need an S U V or Jeep to get there.

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