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."