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.
We always recommend a high-clearance, all-wheel drive vehicle when traveling to the yurts.
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 & 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.
Click here to check snow depths (search for Jackson Peak or Mores Creek Summit)
Email the program or call 208-514-2418