Yankee Boy Basin

by Phyllis Conley
(Grand Junction, Colorado, United States)

Twin Falls, near Ouray, Colorado

Twin Falls, near Ouray, Colorado

This beautiful falls is at the base of Mount Sneffels about nine miles out of Ouray, Colorado. Go through Ouray, turn right on the Camp Bird Mine road. This is a four wheel drive road only. Once you get to the top, parking area for 4-5 cars, the waterfall is only a couple of blocks off on the left. Depending on the snowpack the road might only be open a couple of months in the summer. The scenery will take your breath away, with the mountains, the beautiful wild flowers, and the waterfall.

Karen's reply: If you have some pictures of this waterfall, I'd love to see them...feel free to add them here.

Update by Karen: The waterfall that you, (Phyllis), are describing above sounds like it must be Twin Falls, which is near Ouray. (In Yankee Boy Basin.) We went there last summer and saw this waterfall, so I'm adding a picture of it here.

As you mentioned, you do need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get up to where it is. If you don't have one, there are several jeep tour companies in Ouray which will take you up there. How ever you get up there, I suggest going up in the morning, as early as possible, so you can try to avoid the afternoon thunderstorms. We used a jeep tour company which left at 8:00 a.m. on a beautiful sunny blue-sky morning. I thought everything was going to be perfect...I was under the mistaken impression that we'd be going to the waterfall first, before visiting the various mines in the area. Well, we visited all the mines first. So by the time we arrived at the waterfall, it was about 10:30 a.m. and the sky was completely dark and cloudy. I managed to get a few pictures of the falls, and then our jeep tour driver said it was time to go. We all got back into the jeep, (which was open, by the way), and a few minutes later, it started raining on us. Then it started pouring...and shortly after that, it started hailing on us. Quite the adventure! Luckily, the jeep tour driver had ponchos for us all, and that helped, but we were still sitting in an open jeep. When we got back down closer to Ouray, the rain/hail stopped so at least we didn't have to go racing back to our car once we arrived in town.

To anyone going up there, I hope you have better luck with the weather than we did :-).

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