(max of 8 people)
night, Friday or Saturday
night on Holidays
night: Sunday through Thursday
nights, Friday and Saturday
nights on Holidays
nights: Sunday through Thursday
Above fees are the same whether for
2 people or 8. Split between 8 friends on a Friday or Saturday
night = $36.86 per person.
Rent Guide (required for first time users)
Rent Guide skis in prior, waits for and greets guests at the
yurt with fire in the wood stove, hot drinks, and hors d'oeuvres,
then shows group how everything works. After orientation,
guide skis away, leaving group alone at the yurt. Guests get
the benefit of seeing the way to the yurt and skiing in on
a broken trail.
for Educational and Outdoor Programs
and cancellation policy
- Reservations are first come, first served.
- 50% deposit due to hold your reservation.
Balance due 2 weeks prior to start.
- There are no refunds for cancellations,
including for poor weather or injury. However, deposits may be
used as a credit toward another trip within the calendar year.
Will my cell phone work at the yurt?
No. However, there is service within 300 yards. A map showing the
location/s is posted inside the yurt.
Is the route to the yurt maintained
or marked? The mountain bike route receives little maintenance
but is on a clearly visible dirt road. The winter route can be completely
hidden by snow and is not marked. A Yurt Rental Guide is
required for first time visitors.
Can I take my dog? As an animal
lover, and one who understands pets as family, I'd love to say "yes".
However, during the winter months, we rely on melting snow for our
water. So, in consideration of subsequent guests, unless your little
buddy is trained to use an outhouse, the answer is a very apologetic
"no". During the warmer months, we also have to say "no"
due to concerns for the safety of your canine friend and that of
various wildlife. Very sorry!
extraordinaire, Tim Tuttle, enroute to Yellowstone after a
night at the Yipping Coyote.
How do I get my stuff to the yurt with
This can be achieved in several different ways.
If you already have bikepacking bags, you know what to
do. If not, carrying your gear in a backpack is the simplest way,
requiring no specialized bikepacking gear. While not ideal
for a longer trip, a backpack will work fine given the short distance
to the yurt and the small amount of needed gear. Other options are
panniers, or a combination of panniers and a smaller backpack...
or a single-wheeled trailer.
What kind of bike do I need?
If your interest is simply getting to the yurt
and back, any kind of bike capable of riding on bumpy dirt roads
will work (see Tim's touring bike in the pic above). If you plan
to explore after you've arrived at the yurt, a more dedicated mountain
bike is advisable. A cross country oriented mountain bike would
What is the mountain biking like?
In addition to the standard route to and from the yurt, there are
11 more miles (one way) of two-track open for exploration. It is
a mix of old mining roads and the historic Goodales Cutoff, aspens
and open sagebrush. None of these roads are maintained and some
are steep enough to require strong legs, good lungs, and downhill
skills. Otherwise, the riding is non-technical and suitable for
all skill levels.
Will my "cross country" or
"nordic" skis with scales get me to the yurt?
No, not without climbing skins.
weekend spring trip. Bike in mid Saturday morning. Have
lunch, get acquainted with the yurt, and relax. Prepare dinner and
eat outside under the aspens while enjoying the views. Gaze at the
milky way and listen for the coyotes. Leave late Sunday morning,
taking a shortcut by traversing to a saddle which affords nice views
of the cones and buttes within the monument. Have lunch here then
ride downhill through a small valley with aspens, reconnecting to
the original route.
Ambitious weekend spring trip.
Bike in mid Saturday morning, get acquainted with the yurt and have
lunch. Hike to the nearby ridge enjoying huge views of the Craters
of the Moon and the Great Rift, Blizzard Mountain and its drainages,
and Big Southern Butte, one of the largest volcanic domes on earth.
On a clear day, look for the Raft River, Black Pine, and Sublett
mountain ranges along the Idaho/Utah border and the Tetons to the
east. Have dinner back at the yurt then enjoy the star show and
symphony of coyotes in the outside seating area. Leave the next
morning, taking a shortcut on single track leading to a saddle with
views of Grassy and Silent Cones as well as Big Cinder Butte. Descend
the steep single track through aspens then ride up an old mining
road to the ridge overlooking Little Cottonwood and Leach Creeks,
the only perennial streams in the park. Have lunch while enjoying
the excellent views of the volcanism then descend to the route you
came in on. Soak those tired muscles in the hotsprings on the way
Overnight winter weekend trip.
Ski in mid Saturday morning, arriving mid afternoon. Explore the
yurt then prepare and eat dinner while the sauna or hot tub is warming.
Relax in the sauna or hot tub. Bed down, enjoying the flames from
the wood fire and the galaxy through the skylight. On the way out
late Sunday morning, take a short detour to gain additional elevation
and enjoy the views before making some turns down to the original
Two night winter weekend trip.
Ski in Friday afternoon and relax in the sauna. Prepare and eat
dinner then study the maps and make a game plan for Saturday before
bedding down. Ascend to one of the nearby ridges and enjoy the vast
and varying views of the Craters of the Moon and the Great Rift,
Blizzard Mountain and its drainages, and Big Southern Butte, one
of the largest volcanic domes on earth. On a clear day, the Raft
River, Black Pine, and Sublett mountain ranges along the Idaho/Utah
border can be seen as well as the Tetons to the east! When done
enjoying the views, carve some turns down to the yurt or go back
up for more. If you're looking for mellower terrain, ski the gentle
slope into the flats below and explore the Aspen groves and hills
jutting out into the lava fields. Either way, once you've made it
back to the yurt for the day, browse the guestbook then prepare
and eat dinner while the hot tub is warming. Enjoy the Milky Way
while soaking. Sleep well. Ski out late Sunday morning carving a
few turns to the side, soaking in the hotsprings on the way home.
variety of ski terrain from cross country exploration to steep