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Best Scenic Jeep Tour: Yankee Boy Basin Near Ouray

Posted by Karen Avery on Mon, May 30, 2011 @10:06 AM

Best Scenic Jeep Tour in Ouray: Yankee Boy Basin! 

Nothing beats a scenic jeep tour in Ouray Colorado.  The mountains surrounding the town are exquisite in any season but summer wildflower season reigns supreme for family fun times near Ouray.  Many high alpine basins are covered in wildflowers but Yankee Boy Basin is one of the very best.  

wildflower photography ourayOn a 1/2 day adventure into the basin, be sure to bring your camera; photographers flood the area to capture the absolute beauty of the wildflowers.  Native plants like indian paint brush, rocky mountain columbines, delphinium, queen anne's lace, and dozens of other varieties paint the landscape with dramatic colors.  They bloom like a symphony; only for a short while are all the flowers blooming.  The crescendo of flowers begins soon after the first snow melts and the biggest plants bloom in late July and into early August.  By the end of August, many flowers are past their prime but the forest readies itself for the golden onslaught of aspen leaves.

field of wildflowers yankee boyJeep tour drivers allow plenty of time for pictures and tell the tales of generations of miners that worked underground in the early history of the state of Colorado.  On the tour, you will pass old mine relics, ghost towns and icons of the past and the drivers' historic knowledge brings these mute remains to life as they describe the life and times of hardrock miners.

These tour drivers also provide information about the flora and fauna as it comes up as well as the geology of the region.  In four hours, you are mesmorized with history and amazed with the grandeur of the rocky mountains near Ouray.

Our Ouray hotel offers a jeep tour package and we are delighted to schedule your tour for you.  Morning or afternoon tours are availabe each and every day through early October.

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