A Day Trip Into The San Juans of Colorado
Gallery September 18, 2021 Corey Osborne
Take a ride with us on a day trip into the San Juan Mountains in Western Colorado. An excerpt from the U.S. Forest Service: Yankee Boy Basin is nestled beneath some of the San Juan’s most breathtaking peaks: Potosi Peak, Teakettle Mountain, Cirque Mountain, Stony Mountain, Gilpin Mountain, and the most well-known, Mount Sneffels, which is over 14,000 feet in elevation. The drive to this green-carpeted valley presents spectacular alpine scenery, abundant wildflowers, waterfalls, a high-walled canyon and old town sites in a once-booming mining area. This is a great drive out of Ouray that can be combined with a side trip to Box Canyon Falls early in the drive, and the drive over Imogene Pass. Medium-to-high-clearance vehicles are required to reach the Basin and 4-wheel drive is recommended beyond the basin to Mt. Sneffels trailhead. From Yankee Boy Basin, many summit the 14,000’ Mount Sneffels or hike over the pass into the Mount Sneffels Wilderness to Blue Lake Basin.