Explore a remote alpine basin (10 miles southwest of Ouray) full of mining ruins and abundant wildflowers.

Governor Basin is a small but beautiful alpine basin under the Saint Sophia Ridge next to Yankee Boy Basin. Due to the rugged drive in to 12,338 ft. and lack of developed hiking trails, the basin sees a lot fewer visitors than Yankee Boy. This means the wildflowers are more abundant and solitude is more likely. The area also contains a number of old mining ruins as well as a couple sites currently being mined on a more limited basis.

To reach the end of the road and the large mining ruin, drive or hike the road from the the split-off with Yankee Boy Basin Road for 3 miles. You'll need an ATV or high clearance 4WD vehicle to drive up the narrow, rugged road and water crossings. Once at the top you can explore some of the social trails around the basin or scramble to the top of the ridge.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera + Wide Angle Lens + Tripod
  • 4WD High Clearance Vehicle Required
  • Food & Water
  • Rain Gear
  • Air Compressor
  • Full size spare
  • Off-road jack
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Activities Photography
Skill Level Advanced
Season Summer, Autumn
Features
Dog Friendly
Scenic
Wildflowers

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