Yankee Boy Basin Road

MODERATE 18 reviews

Yankee Boy Basin Road is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ouray, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

9.3 miles 4729 feet Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

fly fishing

hiking

ice climbing

mountain biking

off road driving

rock climbing

scenic driving

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

cave

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

The first half of the trail is fairly easy. After that it gets a little more dificult, but a car with good clearance with a good driver will be able to make it. There are a few steep dips and some high points so a car with a long wheelbase or bad approch and departure angles would have a hard time. Once you make it to the rest rooms at the bottom of the basin it gets to be a moderate 4X4 road. A stock SUV with decent clearance and 4-low mode can make it if you drive carefully and pick the right lines. Stunning natural beauty and amazing wildflowers One of the most popular destinations in the Ouray area due to its stunning natural beauty, rich history and colorful wildflowers. At the height of spring color, photographers flock to the area. Popular landmarks include the Drinking Cup, Twin Falls, Atlas Mill, Camp Bird Mine and the rock overhang. Because the area is used so heavily, camping is restricted to designated areas and a fee is charged to camp. High Point 12,400 ft., Best time to go: Mid July-Sept. Located in Uncompahgre National Forest. For current conditions call Ouray Ranger District (970) 240-5300. The lower portion of the trail is easy. Beyond the toilet, the trail gets rocky, narrow and steep, but is suitable for aggressive, high-clearance, stock SUVs. A gate for the upper portion of the trail is closed until the snow melts, usually in late June or early July.

off road driving
2 months ago

Drove and hiked portions of this trail in September 2015. Portions are rocky with high clearance a must. Fun driving, fun hiking, elevation kicked my butt, and beautiful scenery.

3 months ago

we got pretty close with our rental car. but I wouldn't recommend that for everybody. the road is one lane in sections so take turns passing other vehicles. a white knuckle drive!

off road driving
3 months ago

What a trail! We did it in a Toyota Tacoma 4x4 and it was challenging after night of rain but fun. The view on the top is worth it.
Busy with jeep travelers. That care, drive slow and safe.

off road driving
4 months ago

Definitely the star of short jeep roads around the area. The waterfalls and flowers are amazing, and it's great for photography.

off road driving
4 months ago

off road driving
5 months ago

off road driving
5 months ago

Not too technical of a trail but worth the drive. The scenery is amazing

5 months ago

7 months ago

It doesn't get much prettier than this in summer or fall. Must do trail in Ouray.

off road driving
2 years ago

This is not that difficult of a trail for a stock 4x4 with a little ground clearance, but the landscape is one of the best! The water falls are breath taking this year in June. A must see if off roading in the area!

off road driving
2 years ago

An awesome offroad drive to a basin below Mt. Sneffels . You can see shelf roads,wildflowers,waterfalls,and trails,one that goes to the top of a 14er.

off road driving
3 years ago

Easy trail and can be done with any decent truck or SUV. I ATV'd it. There is only a couple sections that get rocky toward the end. Real nice views along the way. IF you are on ATV or Jeep, you can do Imogene pass from there.

off road driving
3 years ago

We ATV'd this trail. It is quite easy, but you'll see some beautiful scenery to include Twin Falls. You can also access Imogene Pass from here for some more technical ATVing.

off road driving
3 years ago

Awesome drive! Fairly rough past the public toliet. . A seasonal gate controls access to the end.

off road driving
4 years ago

Drove up to the point where there is a sign that says high clearance and short wheelbase vehicles only. Was only a bit rocky and narrow in a few places up to that point but fairy easy going. It didn't look like it got much tougher but since I was in a quad cab long bed Ram I didn't want to risk hitting a dead end that I couldn't turn around at. We got out and hiked some nice trails near the end with a couple small lakes. Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and stopped and took some pictures of twin falls along the way.

off road driving
5 years ago

Absolutely a must place to go. Hotels and motels in Ouray are expensive so either be prepare to camp or reserve a place early. Sometimes you can find coupons online for discount.

off road driving
5 years ago

This was the first time I went off roading with my brother and Mom. What great views! We were lucky enough to be up there in a time of year that the flowers were blooming and the late spring runoff was keeping the rivers full. Many places to stop and take pictures.

off road driving
6 years ago

Fun trail with great views. First 7/8ths of the road isn't bad, a vehicle with good clearance and a good driver can make it most of the way. I drove a stock Jeep Liberty and made it all the way to the top. The last 8th of the trail is demanding for a stock vehicle, I had a tire off the ground in a couple of places and scraped the bottom once or twice. Needed 4 low for a couple of sections at the top as well.