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Yankee Boy Basin OHV Route

MODERATE 117 reviews

Yankee Boy Basin OHV Route is a 18.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ouray, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 18.6 miles Elevation Gain: 4,750 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

rock climbing

scenic driving

snowshoeing

walking

ohv / off road driving

running

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. 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
rocky
washed out
23 hours ago

Between the two trail heads to Wright’s Lake trail rough and ledges from wash outs made two of us turn around. Both driving stock off road equipped vehicles. Still a beautiful drive. Popped over to Governors Basin which was notably easier.

hiking
17 days ago

Drove this road to hike Mount Sneffels. One lane road a lot of the way. Risky enough to be fun and exciting but doable.

hiking
29 days ago

Great trip today, lots of sun a few broken clouds made for great pictures. Drove up in Jeep Wrangler w/35s and 2” lift no issues with clearance. Got to top and had picnic with at least 10 other Jeeps.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic! Did some moderate 4 wheeling and hiking. Tremendous views up here, could stay I lifetime!

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Jeeped up for a elopement/wedding on 8/26, wildflowers we’re still hanging on which made for some amazing photos.

hiking
1 month ago

Jeeped about half way. My favorite place on earth.

off road driving
rocky
2 months ago

Amazing views! Lots of 4x4 traffic.

hiking
muddy
snow
washed out
2 months ago

We made it pretty far up Yankee Boy basin in a stock Jeep Rubicon unlimited. Very nice wildflowers and you don’t need to go the the very top to see them. Some areas of washout so high clearance is recommended.

off road driving
muddy
washed out
2 months ago

Didn’t make it past a washout area due to rain. Will try again the next day. Took a little detour towards governors basin but river too deep to cross.

off road driving
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

off road driving
washed out
2 months ago

Pretty drive, but the road was washed out and we had to turn around.

off road driving
2 months ago

Hindered by snow But still amazing

hiking
3 months ago

Went up with SOA Jeeps. Couldn’t go past the toilet since still so much snow. Beautiful trail, lots of Jeeps and ATVs.

hiking
3 months ago

Great OHV trail. Lots of variation. Went to a little past toilet at top. Some very steep areas along trail that are a bit scary, but it was our first time in the Razors. Many vehicles out on the day we went but still a good trip. Saw lots of joggers, some rock climbers, and a few snowboarders! We then took lower Imogene to Camp Bird road. A couple of drop offs but we managed okay.

off road driving
muddy
snow
3 months ago

We went up on 6/30/19. Great views , lots of snow but a clear path up to the toilet and just a little beyond that up to the gate which was closed. Stock 4 runner made it no problem, lots of water to drive thru and it was raining , purchasing full skid plates just to be safe from now on!! Such an awesome day!! Hopefully coming back in August !!!

off road driving
snow
3 months ago

We just ran this trail today, 6/27/19. Steep, easy trail 3/4 of the way up to the toilet. After that, the trail was muddy and narrow with a LOT of snow. The trail was, none the less, heavily trafficked and passing required some patience.Trail was closed past the toilet, due to the snow. The toilet was locked by the way.

hiking
closed
snow
washed out
3 months ago

We attempted this pass. It’s closed near twin falls. There’s still a crazy amount of snow up there. It’s still worth driving up to see the snow and the avalanche sites. There are a few areas that are pretty washed out from all the snow melt.

6 months ago

Beautiful trail. Gets a little rocky in upper portion, but not a bad drive.

hiking
9 months ago

hiked this today, 12.28.18. carried snowshoes but didnt need them. wore my spikes however. uphill climb and good workout. hiked 3.5 in and then back. beautiful scenery. stunning.

off road driving
10 months ago

Great trip with my FJ. A couple of non4wheel drive vehicles were attempting it and were having a difficult time. Great views

off road driving
Friday, September 07, 2018

This was our first trail on our visit to Ouray. The trail starts off pretty easy and gets rockier the father you go up. We got to the top portion where the sign states short wheel base, high clearance only past this point. We are driving a lifted Tacoma and a lifted 4 Runner, so we figured we would attempt it. We made it up a couple of the switch backs, but then decided to not push any further as it was raining and sleeting and traction was not great on the rocks. We turned around and headed back down. It was a beautiful trip, even if we didn't make it all the way to the top.

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