Yankee Boy Basin

Ouray, Colorado 81427

Yankee Boy Basin

Yankee Boy Basin Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"One of the most popular destinations in the Ouray area due to its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and colorful wildflower display. At the height of spring color, amateur and professional photographers flock to the area. (Please do not pick the wildflowers. Over the years, their numbers have decreased, threatening closure of the area.) Popular landmarks include Twin Falls, Atlas Mill and Camp Bird Mine. (View mine structures from a distance. They are all on private land.)

One of most obvious features of this road is the Camp Bird Mine. In its heyday, this mine had advanced creature comforts including hot and cold running water, electric lights, and steam heat. It was discovered in 1896 by Tom Walsh, who felt that the 400 miners who worked there should be treated to a decent lifestyle. He required only eight hours of work per day rather than the standard 12 hours. His humanitarian approach brought big rewards as he made over 4 million dollars by 1900. ATVs are permitted on this trail including most of Camp Bird Road. A large staging area is located a couple of miles up from the bottom. The lower portion of the trail is easy."

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4WD Adventures: Colorado (Adler Publishing )
Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
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"Yankee Boy Basin is a very popular location during the peak summer months for both sightseers and hikers. It provides a short, varied 4WD trail that is a good introduction to four-wheel driving. It offers rugged scenery, historic mines, deserted town sites, and wonderful natural beauty, including alpine meadows that are covered with wildflowers in the late spring. Special Attractions: Historic mines and old mining camps; Canyon Creek shelf road; Abundant wildflowers in Yankee Boy Basin. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
ATVs and Dirt Bikes
3 to 5 hours
Spring through fall; when snow free
Uncompahgre National Forest
Local Contacts
Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer; Uncompahgre National Forest map; Trails Illustrated Silverton, Ouray #141
Local Maps

Trail Log