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Yurts in Idaho State Parks

Idaho State Park yurts are circular, Mongolian-style domed tents.  Every park yurt is about 20 feet in diameter with a plywood floor, canvas and hardwood sidewalls and a skylight.  Each yurt can sleep up to five or six people and is built to withstand high winds, snow loads and summer heat. With lockable wood doors, windows with screens and storm flaps Idaho State Park yurts are a comfortable, peaceful and safe place to be, even in winter! Some parks allow pets in yurts, but please check with the park first. 
 

Check out the yurt and group yurt opportunities for the below listed parks under 'Unique Overnight Stays':

 
 

Idaho City Backcountry Yurts

If you really want to get away from it all, try an Idaho City Backcountry Yurt! Click on the 'Idaho City Backcountry Yurt' tab on the left to learn more.
 
 

 


Idaho City Backcountry Yurts

Winter 2017/2018: Following the Pioneer Fire, IDPR will be able to open three of the six Idaho City
Backcountry Yurts (Rocky Ridge, Stargaze and Skyline Yurts). Groomed access will be limited. Please download a current map for groomed routes: http://arcg.is/0fuzv5  Please be advised that effective April 15th, 2018 all Idaho City Backcountry yurts will be closed to accommodate final log salvage and maintenance efforts as a result of the fire.

Winter 2018/2019: Reservation processing for the 2018 winter season will begin Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 at 8 am Mountain Time. 
Reservations may be made toll-free at: 1-888-922-6743 or online http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/ 
For more information please contact DeEtta Petersen, Idaho City Yurt Coordinator at 208-514-2418

Learn more about the Pioneer Fire impacts to access.

 

About the Yurt System

If you really want to get away from it all Idaho City Backcountry Yurts, located about 1.5 hours (56-63 miles) north of Boise, ID, depending on the season choice, they are accessible by hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, Nordic or snowshoeing.  

The video below is recommended viewing for both experienced and first time yurt users. It illustrates the basics of the yurt experience and provides users with tips on how to make your yurt stay more enjoyable.

You can choose from six fabulous backcountry yurts which are accessible year-round.

  • Banner Ridge
  • Elkhorn
  • Skyline
  • Rocky Ridge
  • Stargaze
  • Hennessy 

Each yurt sleeps six people in a comfortably well-furnished atmosphere with high mountain views, no neighbors and access to a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, Nordic and Telemark skiing and snowshoeing. In winter, backcountry yurts are accessed by a 2-3 mile ski or snowshoe trek; in summer, a 10-minute to one-mile hike.  Our backcountry yurts have plenty to offer every outdoor enthusiast at any level, whether beginner or experienced.

Elkhorn Yurt

 

Click here or on the image above to view a 360 degree tour of the Elkhorn yurt.

Stargaze Yurt

Click here or on the image above to view a 360 degree tour of the Stargaze yurt.

Current Snow Conditions

For updates on grooming status and trail conditions: Call the Idaho City Area Park N’ Ski recorded snowline at 208- 514-2423.

Regional snow conditions, including depth.

For road conditions, visit the 511 website.

Fees

Summer Use May 1 - October 31

Closed until further notice

Winter Use November 1 - April 30

$115 per night

 

Note: Use fees are per night for a party of up to 6.

Additional per person fees are $12 per person/ per night for a party greater than 6, with a maximum of 9 allowed. 

There is a $10 plus tax non-refundable reservation fee charged at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation for a Backcountry Yurt occurs 21 or fewer calendar days prior to arrival, customer forfeits the first night or daily usage fee (base rate).  If the cancellation occurs more than 21 calendar days prior to arrival, a cancellation charge of $10.00 will be assessed. At no time shall the customer be charged a cancellation fee that exceeds the base rate paid for the facility.

Questions? Email the program or call 208-514-2418 or 208-514-2419.

Backcountry Yurt Reservation Forms, Maps & Manuals

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Backcountry Yurt Program operates on United States Forest Service Land under agreements with the Boise National Forest.

 


Banner Ridge Backcountry Yurt

Winter

Banner Ridge backcountry yurt is located just off a high ridge in a protected north‐facing bowl only a few hundred yards from a passable road. It offers spectacular views of the South Fork of the Payette River, Bear Valley and Scott Mountain. During the winter (typically from early December to mid April), the yurt is a telemarker, snowshower, Nordic skier and snowboarder's haven with its long, open slopes, thousands of feet of untracked powder, more than 20 miles of groomed and 50 miles of marked ski trails just outside the front door. 

Summer

During the warmer months, there are many miles of high elevation primitive roads and trails available for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. One backcountry road near the yurt descends 3,000 feet in 12 miles to Kirkham Hot Springs (a primitive soaking pool next to the river) near Lowman. The yurt’s high elevation (6,500 feet) guarantees an assortment of wild flowers all summer long. This is also a wonderful place to experience the power of a summer thunderstorm, view the stars of the Milky Way, watch wildlife, or just to curl up and read a book. The yurt is usually snow free early May to early November.

 

 

Download guides and maps

Banner Ridge Winter Guide

Banner Ridge Summer Guide

Summer Trail Map

Winter Trail Map

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.


Weather/Trail Conditions

Click here to check snow depths (search for Jackson Peak or Mores Creek Summit)


Questions?

Email the program or call 208-514-2418

 


Elkhorn Backcountry Yurt

Winter

The Elkhorn yurt is conveniently located off the Elkhorn Loop trail for use by Nordic skiers and snowshoers. This yurt is the most remote of all the Idaho City yurts. You have direct access to over 27 miles of groomed and 50 miles of marked ski trails. The 270° view to the east, south and west is spectacular, especially in the evening. From the yurt you can see Jackson Peak, Wolf Mountain, Steele Mountain, the Trinity range, Sunset Peak, and Pilot Peak. The open, rolling terrain below the yurt provides off‐trail skiers a chance to polish their skills. The nearby ungroomed Cougar trail provides access to a prime intermediate/advanced telemark area. This secluded telemark area is about .5 miles away and has 500 feet slopes facing all directions. Snow is usually available early December to mid April.

Check out the Elkhorn Yurt as viewed aerially, by drone.

Spring, Summer, Fall

The Elkhorn yurt is conveniently located for use by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians who want a remote ride‐in or walk‐in experience. It is about a mile by foot, bike, or horse from any drivable road. Over 50 miles of old roads and single‐track trails can be accessed from this yurt, which is located about halfway around the Elkhorn loop trail. Its high elevation of 6,400 feet offers spectacular views to the north, east, and south. In the evening, a warm orange alpenglow reflects off Wolf, Goat, and Steele Mountains to the east. This is the place to “get away from it all” and watch the wildlife. Elk, deer, bear, and mountain lion are often seen nearby. As the snow melts, hundreds of mushrooms, including the tasty Morel, can be found growing in the dense woods and nearby areas. The yurt site is usually snow free early May to early November.

 

Download guides and maps

Elkhorn Winter Guide

Elkhorn Summer Guide

Summer Trail Map

Winter Trail Map

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.


Weather/Trail Conditions

Click here to check snow depths (search for Jackson Peak or Mores Creek Summit)

Questions?

Email the program or call 208-514-2418

 


Skyline Backcountry Yurt

Winter

The Skyline yurt is conveniently situated off the groomed Skyline trail, a popular loop used by Nordic skiers and snowshoers. The yurt provides easy access to over 20 miles of groomed and 50 miles of marked ski trails. The yurt is located on a high sunny knob, which provides a 200 degree view to the east, south and west. The view from the yurt is one of the best in the Boise National Forest. From the yurt deck you can see Wolf Mountain, Steele Mountain, Sunset Peak, and Pilot Peak. The open, rolling terrain below the yurt provides beginner Telemarkers a chance to polish their skills.  Snow is usually available early December to mid April.     

Spring, Summer and Fall

Skyline yurt is ideally located for summer use. Many miles of old roads and single track trails are easily accessable for hiking and mountain biking. The yurt is located on the highest point in the area just off the Skyline trail. Its elevation of 5900 feet and open, park ‐ like setting guarantee cool evenings and breezes all summer long. The 200° view east, west and south from the yurt is one of the best in the Boise National Forest. From the yurt deck you can see Wolf Mountain, Steele Mountain, Sunset Peak, and Pilot Peak. Numerous large spruce trees nearby provide a nice shaded area for picnics. A few hundred feet from the site is a prime huckleberry patch. In the fall, flaming red/yellow/orange aspens frame the mountain peaks to the east. A protected tent area is available for extra persons. The yurt site is usually snow free early May to mid November. 

 

 

 

 

Download guides and maps

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.

Weather/Trail Conditions

Click here to check snow depths (search for Jackson Peak or Mores Creek Summit)

Questions?

Email the program or call 208-514-2418


Hennessy Backcountry Yurt

Winter

The Hennessy yurt is the newest yurt in the Idaho City system and  is designed for avid backcountry skiers and snowshoers.  The Hennessy yurt replaces the Whispering Pines yurt that was totally burned to the ground during the 2015 Pioneer fire.  The new yurt is located on a high, unburned knob with great views.  From the large yurt deck you can  see  Pilots Peak, Sunset Peak, Trinity Mountains, Steele Mountain, Wolf Mountain and the Crooked River Valley.  At an elevation of 5679 in feet There will be good snow for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing from December to late April.  Because of the recent burn near the yurt there as lots of Telemark slopes nearby waiting for first descents.  There are good ski slopes offering all directional aspects ranging from north slope powder to  south facing corn.  Access to the yurt is from the Gold Fork Park N’ Ski parking lot located on Highway 21 about 20 miles north of Idaho City.  Once at the Gold Fork Park N’ Ski parking lot (5243feet in elevation) walk to the toilet located on the east side of the parking lot and then head up and left up the groomed Gold Fork Loop trail.  Ski or snowshoe about 1.3 miles on the groomed Gold Fork trail to the intersection of the Lodge Pole Trail/Gold Fork trail.  At this point you should see a 2 foot by 2 foot reflectorized yellow sign on a 4” x4” wood post.  From the large yellow sign turn left and immediately cross the creek bed and follow the yellow reflectorized reassurance tree blazes up the hill on a ungroomed trail.  You now will follow the yellow tree blazes for .7 mile to the yurt.  This section of the access trail is steep (10 percent plus grade) and winding through an old burn as it climbs 350 feet in elevation.  You will find the yellow blazes nailed to burn trees and on round 10 foot tall treated round posts.  The yurt is located on the top of a knob in a grove of large Ponderosa Pines. 

Spring, Summer and Fall

This yurt is located on a high point that offers you an amazing view of the Boise Mountains and Crooked River Valley.  The elevated yurt deck offers great place to enjoy the views with a glass of wine in hand or experience a mountain thunderstorm.  If you just want a quiet get-a- way in the forest to curling up and read a good book this is your place.  The yurt is usually snow-free from early May to mid-November.  Fall is a good time to visit with the blaze of colors and the cool evening temps.   When it gets too cold and rainy to camp in the Fall, the yurt is a great alternative because the cozy warm wood stove and insulated roof, walls and floor.  When the yurt is snow free you can drive with a high clearance vehicle within a couple hundred feet of the yurt.  To drive to yurt you should first drive to the Gold Fork Park N, Ski area parking lot.  First set you odometer to zero and then drive north out of the parking lot on a primitive dirt USFS road, (USFS Road 393).  Drive 4.2 miles on the main road to a switch back in the road and park in the wide spot along the road near a road gate.  From there walk a couple hundred feet south on a trail to the yurt.   At the yurt you will find a wheelbarrow to carry your five gallons of drinking water and luggage to the yurt.

 

 
 

 

Download guides and maps

 

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.

Weather/Trail Conditions

Click here to check snow depths (search for Jackson Peak or Mores Creek Summit)

Questions?

Email the program or call 208-514-2418 

 


Rocky Ridge Backcountry Yurt

Winter

The Rocky Ridge yurt is accessed from the Whoop-Um-Up Park N’ Ski parking lot. The trails are not groomed to this yurt. The yurt is located at the end of a rocky finger ridge, providing a spectacular 180-degree view to the east, south, and west. This is the “dog friendly" yurt where dogs are allowed in the winter. The rolling terrain around the yurt provides a playground for showshoers. Snow is usually available early December to mid April .

Spring, Summer and Fall

Rocky Ridge yurt is ideally located for fishing in the Crooked River. It is about ¾ of a mile from the Crooked River by way of the Lamar Creek trail. The yurt is located at the end of a finger ridge, with spectacular views to the east, south and west. While exposed to the summer sun, there normally is a good breeze blowing through the area. The yurt is on the southern edge of the trail system where it connects with the Crooked River trail as well as the rest of the Idaho City Area Trail System. The yurt site is usually snow free early May to November.

 

Download guides and maps

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.

Weather/Trail Conditions

Click here to check snow depths (search for Jackson Peak or Mores Creek Summit)

Questions?

Email the program or call 208-514-2418.

 


Stargaze Backcountry Yurt

Winter

The Stargaze yurt is the newest yurt in the Idaho City system designed especially for backcountry Nordic folks. You’ll understand how Stargaze got its name after you ski or snowshoe about 1.3 miles on a marked but un-groomed trail and arrive at the yurt, located just off a high point overlooking the entire eastern horizon. The spectacular 270 degree view from the yurt offers open vistas to Scott Mountain, Jackson Peak, Wolf Mountain, Steele Mountain, Pilots Peak and the Sawtooth Mountains. At an elevation of 6,569 feet, many north and west facing slopes are perfect for Telemark skiing. The snow is usually powder and very deep and is available from early December to mid-April. Access to the yurt is from the Beaver Creek Summit Park N’ Ski parking lot on Highway 21, north of Idaho City, and just before the Snow Plow Turnaround. Take care to park in the correct lot! From the parking lot, ski/snowshoe along the shoulder of Highway 21 for about 300 yards until you reach the highest point, Beaver Creek Summit. At the summit turn left on an old road bed marked with a sign on a 4” x 4” post stating “Stargaze Trail”.

Spring, Summer and Fall

In addition to the spectacular views, the elevation of Stargazer (6,569 feet) guarantees a long season and assortment of wild flowers during the summer months and a blaze of color in the fall. View the South Fork of the Payette River Canyon and the scenic Trinity and Sawtooth Mountains from this hilltop nest or experience the power of a summer thunderstorm, the Milky Way or just read a book. The yurt is usually snow free from early May to early November. Once at the yurt, a short half-mile hike on a trail leads to the top of Stargaze Point. On this point you will have a 360 degree view of the Boise National Forest that includes Pilots Peak, Wilson Butte, Sunset Peak, Rock Creek, Scott Mountain and Stargaze yurt.

Download guides and maps

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.

Weather/Trail Conditions

Click here to check snow depths (search for Jackson Peak or Mores Creek Summit)

Questions?

Email the program or call 208-514-2418

 


Watch a video about an Idaho City Backcountry Yurt

Yurt Amenities

What's Inside?

  • Futon bed w/sheet (sleeps 2)
  • 2 sets of single bunk beds w/no sheets provided (sleeps 4)
  • Wooden benches
  • Dining Table/6 chairs
  • Propane cook stove
  • Solar powered lighting
  • 2 propane lanterns
  • Wood stove
  • Newspaper/matches to start fire
  • Cutlery/plates/bowls
  • Cooking pots/fry pans/teapot
  • Coffee Militta/paper filters (makes one cup at a time)
  • Cleaning supplies and equipment
  • Toilet paper, garbage bags
  • Towels
  • Fire extinguisher

Click to view a 360 degree photo of inside an Idaho City Backcountry Yurt.

 

 

What's outside?

  • Primitive toilet
  • Fire pit
  • Picnic table
  • Deck chairs
  • Bench
  • Woodpile
  • Axe/maul/bow saw
  • Snow shovels

Yurts in Idaho State Parks

Idaho State Park yurts are circular, Mongolian-style domed tents.  Every park yurt is about 20 feet in diameter with a plywood floor, canvas and hardwood sidewalls and a skylight.  Each yurt can sleep up to five or six people and is built to withstand high winds, snow loads and summer heat. With lockable wood doors, windows with screens and storm flaps Idaho State Park yurts are a comfortable, peaceful and safe place to be, even in winter! Some parks allow pets in yurts, but please check with the park first. 
 

Check out the yurt and group yurt opportunities for the below listed parks under 'Unique Overnight Stays':

 
 

Idaho City Backcountry Yurts

If you really want to get away from it all, try an Idaho City Backcountry Yurt! Click on the 'Idaho City Backcountry Yurt' tab on the left to learn more.
 
 

 

Idaho City Backcountry Yurts

Winter 2017/2018: Following the Pioneer Fire, IDPR will be able to open three of the six Idaho City
Backcountry Yurts (Rocky Ridge, Stargaze and Skyline Yurts). Groomed access will be limited. Please download a current map for groomed routes: http://arcg.is/0fuzv5  Please be advised that effective April 15th, 2018 all Idaho City Backcountry yurts will be closed to accommodate final log salvage and maintenance efforts as a result of the fire.

Winter 2018/2019: Reservation processing for the 2018 winter season will begin Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 at 8 am Mountain Time. 
Reservations may be made toll-free at: 1-888-922-6743 or online http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/ 
For more information please contact DeEtta Petersen, Idaho City Yurt Coordinator at 208-514-2418

Learn more about the Pioneer Fire impacts to access.

 

About the Yurt System

If you really want to get away from it all Idaho City Backcountry Yurts, located about 1.5 hours (56-63 miles) north of Boise, ID, depending on the season choice, they are accessible by hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, Nordic or snowshoeing.  

The video below is recommended viewing for both experienced and first time yurt users. It illustrates the basics of the yurt experience and provides users with tips on how to make your yurt stay more enjoyable.

You can choose from six fabulous backcountry yurts which are accessible year-round.

  • Banner Ridge
  • Elkhorn
  • Skyline
  • Rocky Ridge
  • Stargaze
  • Hennessy 

Each yurt sleeps six people in a comfortably well-furnished atmosphere with high mountain views, no neighbors and access to a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, Nordic and Telemark skiing and snowshoeing. In winter, backcountry yurts are accessed by a 2-3 mile ski or snowshoe trek; in summer, a 10-minute to one-mile hike.  Our backcountry yurts have plenty to offer every outdoor enthusiast at any level, whether beginner or experienced.

Elkhorn Yurt

 

Click here or on the image above to view a 360 degree tour of the Elkhorn yurt.

Stargaze Yurt

Click here or on the image above to view a 360 degree tour of the Stargaze yurt.

Current Snow Conditions

For updates on grooming status and trail conditions: Call the Idaho City Area Park N’ Ski recorded snowline at 208- 514-2423.

Regional snow conditions, including depth.

For road conditions, visit the 511 website.

Fees

Summer Use May 1 - October 31

Closed until further notice

Winter Use November 1 - April 30

$115 per night

 

Note: Use fees are per night for a party of up to 6.

Additional per person fees are $12 per person/ per night for a party greater than 6, with a maximum of 9 allowed. 

There is a $10 plus tax non-refundable reservation fee charged at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation for a Backcountry Yurt occurs 21 or fewer calendar days prior to arrival, customer forfeits the first night or daily usage fee (base rate).  If the cancellation occurs more than 21 calendar days prior to arrival, a cancellation charge of $10.00 will be assessed. At no time shall the customer be charged a cancellation fee that exceeds the base rate paid for the facility.

Questions? Email the program or call 208-514-2418 or 208-514-2419.

Backcountry Yurt Reservation Forms, Maps & Manuals

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Backcountry Yurt Program operates on United States Forest Service Land under agreements with the Boise National Forest.

 

Banner Ridge Backcountry Yurt

Winter

Banner Ridge backcountry yurt is located just off a high ridge in a protected north‐facing bowl only a few hundred yards from a passable road. It offers spectacular views of the South Fork of the Payette River, Bear Valley and Scott Mountain. During the winter (typically from early December to mid April), the yurt is a telemarker, snowshower, Nordic skier and snowboarder's haven with its long, open slopes, thousands of feet of untracked powder, more than 20 miles of groomed and 50 miles of marked ski trails just outside the front door. 

Summer

During the warmer months, there are many miles of high elevation primitive roads and trails available for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. One backcountry road near the yurt descends 3,000 feet in 12 miles to Kirkham Hot Springs (a primitive soaking pool next to the river) near Lowman. The yurt’s high elevation (6,500 feet) guarantees an assortment of wild flowers all summer long. This is also a wonderful place to experience the power of a summer thunderstorm, view the stars of the Milky Way, watch wildlife, or just to curl up and read a book. The yurt is usually snow free early May to early November.

 

 

Download guides and maps

Banner Ridge Winter Guide

Banner Ridge Summer Guide

Summer Trail Map

Winter Trail Map

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.


Weather/Trail Conditions

Click here to check snow depths (search for Jackson Peak or Mores Creek Summit)


Questions?

Email the program or call 208-514-2418

 

Elkhorn Backcountry Yurt

Winter

The Elkhorn yurt is conveniently located off the Elkhorn Loop trail for use by Nordic skiers and snowshoers. This yurt is the most remote of all the Idaho City yurts. You have direct access to over 27 miles of groomed and 50 miles of marked ski trails. The 270° view to the east, south and west is spectacular, especially in the evening. From the yurt you can see Jackson Peak, Wolf Mountain, Steele Mountain, the Trinity range, Sunset Peak, and Pilot Peak. The open, rolling terrain below the yurt provides off‐trail skiers a chance to polish their skills. The nearby ungroomed Cougar trail provides access to a prime intermediate/advanced telemark area. This secluded telemark area is about .5 miles away and has 500 feet slopes facing all directions. Snow is usually available early December to mid April.

Check out the Elkhorn Yurt as viewed aerially, by drone.

Spring, Summer, Fall

The Elkhorn yurt is conveniently located for use by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians who want a remote ride‐in or walk‐in experience. It is about a mile by foot, bike, or horse from any drivable road. Over 50 miles of old roads and single‐track trails can be accessed from this yurt, which is located about halfway around the Elkhorn loop trail. Its high elevation of 6,400 feet offers spectacular views to the north, east, and south. In the evening, a warm orange alpenglow reflects off Wolf, Goat, and Steele Mountains to the east. This is the place to “get away from it all” and watch the wildlife. Elk, deer, bear, and mountain lion are often seen nearby. As the snow melts, hundreds of mushrooms, including the tasty Morel, can be found growing in the dense woods and nearby areas. The yurt site is usually snow free early May to early November.

 

Download guides and maps

Elkhorn Winter Guide

Elkhorn Summer Guide

Summer Trail Map

Winter Trail Map

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.


Weather/Trail Conditions

Click here to check snow depths (search for Jackson Peak or Mores Creek Summit)

Questions?

Email the program or call 208-514-2418

 

Skyline Backcountry Yurt

Winter

The Skyline yurt is conveniently situated off the groomed Skyline trail, a popular loop used by Nordic skiers and snowshoers. The yurt provides easy access to over 20 miles of groomed and 50 miles of marked ski trails. The yurt is located on a high sunny knob, which provides a 200 degree view to the east, south and west. The view from the yurt is one of the best in the Boise National Forest. From the yurt deck you can see Wolf Mountain, Steele Mountain, Sunset Peak, and Pilot Peak. The open, rolling terrain below the yurt provides beginner Telemarkers a chance to polish their skills.  Snow is usually available early December to mid April.     

Spring, Summer and Fall

Skyline yurt is ideally located for summer use. Many miles of old roads and single track trails are easily accessable for hiking and mountain biking. The yurt is located on the highest point in the area just off the Skyline trail. Its elevation of 5900 feet and open, park ‐ like setting guarantee cool evenings and breezes all summer long. The 200° view east, west and south from the yurt is one of the best in the Boise National Forest. From the yurt deck you can see Wolf Mountain, Steele Mountain, Sunset Peak, and Pilot Peak. Numerous large spruce trees nearby provide a nice shaded area for picnics. A few hundred feet from the site is a prime huckleberry patch. In the fall, flaming red/yellow/orange aspens frame the mountain peaks to the east. A protected tent area is available for extra persons. The yurt site is usually snow free early May to mid November. 

 

 

 

 

Download guides and maps

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.

Weather/Trail Conditions

Click here to check snow depths (search for Jackson Peak or Mores Creek Summit)

Questions?

Email the program or call 208-514-2418

Hennessy Backcountry Yurt

Winter

The Hennessy yurt is the newest yurt in the Idaho City system and  is designed for avid backcountry skiers and snowshoers.  The Hennessy yurt replaces the Whispering Pines yurt that was totally burned to the ground during the 2015 Pioneer fire.  The new yurt is located on a high, unburned knob with great views.  From the large yurt deck you can  see  Pilots Peak, Sunset Peak, Trinity Mountains, Steele Mountain, Wolf Mountain and the Crooked River Valley.  At an elevation of 5679 in feet There will be good snow for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing from December to late April.  Because of the recent burn near the yurt there as lots of Telemark slopes nearby waiting for first descents.  There are good ski slopes offering all directional aspects ranging from north slope powder to  south facing corn.  Access to the yurt is from the Gold Fork Park N’ Ski parking lot located on Highway 21 about 20 miles north of Idaho City.  Once at the Gold Fork Park N’ Ski parking lot (5243feet in elevation) walk to the toilet located on the east side of the parking lot and then head up and left up the groomed Gold Fork Loop trail.  Ski or snowshoe about 1.3 miles on the groomed Gold Fork trail to the intersection of the Lodge Pole Trail/Gold Fork trail.  At this point you should see a 2 foot by 2 foot reflectorized yellow sign on a 4” x4” wood post.  From the large yellow sign turn left and immediately cross the creek bed and follow the yellow reflectorized reassurance tree blazes up the hill on a ungroomed trail.  You now will follow the yellow tree blazes for .7 mile to the yurt.  This section of the access trail is steep (10 percent plus grade) and winding through an old burn as it climbs 350 feet in elevation.  You will find the yellow blazes nailed to burn trees and on round 10 foot tall treated round posts.  The yurt is located on the top of a knob in a grove of large Ponderosa Pines. 

Spring, Summer and Fall

This yurt is located on a high point that offers you an amazing view of the Boise Mountains and Crooked River Valley.  The elevated yurt deck offers great place to enjoy the views with a glass of wine in hand or experience a mountain thunderstorm.  If you just want a quiet get-a- way in the forest to curling up and read a good book this is your place.  The yurt is usually snow-free from early May to mid-November.  Fall is a good time to visit with the blaze of colors and the cool evening temps.   When it gets too cold and rainy to camp in the Fall, the yurt is a great alternative because the cozy warm wood stove and insulated roof, walls and floor.  When the yurt is snow free you can drive with a high clearance vehicle within a couple hundred feet of the yurt.  To drive to yurt you should first drive to the Gold Fork Park N, Ski area parking lot.  First set you odometer to zero and then drive north out of the parking lot on a primitive dirt USFS road, (USFS Road 393).  Drive 4.2 miles on the main road to a switch back in the road and park in the wide spot along the road near a road gate.  From there walk a couple hundred feet south on a trail to the yurt.   At the yurt you will find a wheelbarrow to carry your five gallons of drinking water and luggage to the yurt.

 

 
 

 

Download guides and maps

 

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.

Weather/Trail Conditions

Click here to check snow depths (search for Jackson Peak or Mores Creek Summit)

Questions?

Email the program or call 208-514-2418 

 

Rocky Ridge Backcountry Yurt

Winter

The Rocky Ridge yurt is accessed from the Whoop-Um-Up Park N’ Ski parking lot. The trails are not groomed to this yurt. The yurt is located at the end of a rocky finger ridge, providing a spectacular 180-degree view to the east, south, and west. This is the “dog friendly" yurt where dogs are allowed in the winter. The rolling terrain around the yurt provides a playground for showshoers. Snow is usually available early December to mid April .

Spring, Summer and Fall

Rocky Ridge yurt is ideally located for fishing in the Crooked River. It is about ¾ of a mile from the Crooked River by way of the Lamar Creek trail. The yurt is located at the end of a finger ridge, with spectacular views to the east, south and west. While exposed to the summer sun, there normally is a good breeze blowing through the area. The yurt is on the southern edge of the trail system where it connects with the Crooked River trail as well as the rest of the Idaho City Area Trail System. The yurt site is usually snow free early May to November.

 

Download guides and maps

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.

Weather/Trail Conditions

Click here to check snow depths (search for Jackson Peak or Mores Creek Summit)

Questions?

Email the program or call 208-514-2418.

 

Stargaze Backcountry Yurt

Winter

The Stargaze yurt is the newest yurt in the Idaho City system designed especially for backcountry Nordic folks. You’ll understand how Stargaze got its name after you ski or snowshoe about 1.3 miles on a marked but un-groomed trail and arrive at the yurt, located just off a high point overlooking the entire eastern horizon. The spectacular 270 degree view from the yurt offers open vistas to Scott Mountain, Jackson Peak, Wolf Mountain, Steele Mountain, Pilots Peak and the Sawtooth Mountains. At an elevation of 6,569 feet, many north and west facing slopes are perfect for Telemark skiing. The snow is usually powder and very deep and is available from early December to mid-April. Access to the yurt is from the Beaver Creek Summit Park N’ Ski parking lot on Highway 21, north of Idaho City, and just before the Snow Plow Turnaround. Take care to park in the correct lot! From the parking lot, ski/snowshoe along the shoulder of Highway 21 for about 300 yards until you reach the highest point, Beaver Creek Summit. At the summit turn left on an old road bed marked with a sign on a 4” x 4” post stating “Stargaze Trail”.

Spring, Summer and Fall

In addition to the spectacular views, the elevation of Stargazer (6,569 feet) guarantees a long season and assortment of wild flowers during the summer months and a blaze of color in the fall. View the South Fork of the Payette River Canyon and the scenic Trinity and Sawtooth Mountains from this hilltop nest or experience the power of a summer thunderstorm, the Milky Way or just read a book. The yurt is usually snow free from early May to early November. Once at the yurt, a short half-mile hike on a trail leads to the top of Stargaze Point. On this point you will have a 360 degree view of the Boise National Forest that includes Pilots Peak, Wilson Butte, Sunset Peak, Rock Creek, Scott Mountain and Stargaze yurt.

Download guides and maps

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.

Weather/Trail Conditions

Click here to check snow depths (search for Jackson Peak or Mores Creek Summit)

Questions?

Email the program or call 208-514-2418

 

Watch a video about an Idaho City Backcountry Yurt

Yurt Amenities

What's Inside?

  • Futon bed w/sheet (sleeps 2)
  • 2 sets of single bunk beds w/no sheets provided (sleeps 4)
  • Wooden benches
  • Dining Table/6 chairs
  • Propane cook stove
  • Solar powered lighting
  • 2 propane lanterns
  • Wood stove
  • Newspaper/matches to start fire
  • Cutlery/plates/bowls
  • Cooking pots/fry pans/teapot
  • Coffee Militta/paper filters (makes one cup at a time)
  • Cleaning supplies and equipment
  • Toilet paper, garbage bags
  • Towels
  • Fire extinguisher

Click to view a 360 degree photo of inside an Idaho City Backcountry Yurt.

 

 

What's outside?

  • Primitive toilet
  • Fire pit
  • Picnic table
  • Deck chairs
  • Bench
  • Woodpile
  • Axe/maul/bow saw
  • Snow shovels