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Yankee Boy Basin to Imogene Pass Road

Basics
Location:
Northeast of Telluride
Surface:
Dirt and rock
Vehicle Type:
4wd Vehicle
Length:
22 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
3.5 to 5 hours
Season:
Mid summer to early fall

Description

The Yankee Boy Basin road is a pretty and moderately challenging route between Telluride and Ouray. It makes an excellent day trip, with a number of scenic overlooks and places to explore along the way. The route begins relatively easily in Ouray, but becomes more difficult as it rises to a narrow shelf road. A turnoff at the Sneffels ghost town climbs up to Imogene Pass, one of the highest roads in the country at over 13,100 feet. Descending towards Telluride, the road passes the well-preserved ghost town of Tomboy and a series of pretty mountain lakes.

Details

Location:
Northeast of Telluride
Surface:
Dirt and rock
Setting:
Mountain passes, shelf roads, ghost towns, alpine views
Vehicle Type:
4wd Vehicle
Length:
22 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
3.5 to 5 hours
Season:
Mid summer to early fall

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SouthwestOuray has been a special destination of world travelers for more than 100 years. This small intimate community is nestled in some of the most rugged and towering peaks of the Rockies. Set at the narrow head of a valley at 7,792 feet and surrounded on three sides with 13,000 foot snowcapped peaks - Ouray has been eloquently nicknamed the "Switzerland of America."
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WesternYou'll want to discover all of Our Side. Delta County features playgrounds from 4,000 ft to 11,000 ft. and all the fun stuff in between. Small country farms, orchards burgeoning with fruit, winemakers busy at their craft and chefs stirring it up.
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SouthwestRidgway is nestled in the picturesque Uncompaghre Valley and surrounded by the majestic snow capped peaks of the Cimarrons and San Juans, some of the most photographed mountains in the world.
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