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Backcountry Yurt Open House / Free Ski and Snowshoe Idaho City Park N' Ski

Saturday, January 10, 2015 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

Bring your new skis or snowshoes and enjoy the Idaho City Park N' Ski area and 56-miles of marked trails for free as part of the 2015 Free Ski and Snowshoe Day sponsored by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR).

The Idaho City Park N’ Ski area is located about 17-23 miles north of Idaho City on Highway 21. There you will find four Park N’ Ski areas with large plowed parking lots and toilets.

Park N' Ski Permit Fees will be waived on this date encouraging all interested to explore the area.

In addition to free use of area trails, find out what yurting is all about!  Two (2) of the six (6) yurts will be open to the public from 9:00 am. to 4:00 pm. on Saturday, January 10th. 

These unique backcountry structures are fully outfitted for comfort and sleep six (6) people.  The Rocky Ridge yurt located on a high rocky knob just off the Lower Lamar Trail.  Just park at the Whoop-Um-Up Park N Ski area parking lot and ask the parking lot host (SIR Nordic Ski Patrol) the directions to the yurt.  It is about a 1.5 miles ski or snowshoe to the yurt. 

The scenic Stargaze Yurt overlooking the South Fork of the Payette River canyon is also open.  To get there you will have to snowshoe 1.5  miles, climbing 700 feet on an ungroomed but marked trail.  The Stargaze Yurt trailhead is the Beaver Creek Park N’ Ski area parking lot located about 22 miles north of Idaho City on Highway 21. 

Dogs are allowed at both of the these yurts so feel free to bring your dog along.  Hot chocolate will be provided at both yurts.

You can learn more about the Idaho City Backcountry Yurt Program and obtain maps here.


Idaho City Backcountry Yurts at Idaho City, ID
43° 49' 42.618" N, 115° 50' 4.3944" W

Contact: Leo Hennessy @ (208) 514-2419 or leo.hennessy@idpr.idaho.gov