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Yipping Coyote is a portrayal of creative resourcefulness, challenging
the definition of "waste"...stories of old life given
new, its components serving as working examples of an intact nutrient
cycle and environmentally appropriate and practical adaption to
recreationally-oriented social gatherings, or romantic interests,
the secluded and unique Yipping Coyote yurt is an ideal year-round
getaway... an escape offering an excellent chance to examine and
get direct experience with a variety of fun and inspiring solutions
to environmental challenges. Located in the foothills of the Pioneer
Mountains, along a spur
of the Oregon Trail and adjacent to the Craters
of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, the Yipping
Coyote is nestled in an Aspen grove 140' above the valley floor
with views in nearly every direction. 300° are framed by the
Pioneers while the remaining 60 is a window to the Great
Rift and the largest lava field of its type in the Lower
In addition to the charming landscape,
this yurt is within large tracts of private land protected by restricted
access and conservation easements. This not only preserves the biological
and historical resources, it assures privacy and tranquility for
guests and a greater chance of seeing wildlife. This is home to
bear, cougar, bobcat, wolves, foxes, and coyotes as well as elk,
moose, deer, pronghorn, and more. Elk are often seen in the fall
and heard bugling. Pronghorn are common in the spring, moose are
seen with some regularity most months, and it's not uncommon to
see bear in the summer. Deer and smaller wildlife are commonplace...
and coyotes can clearly be heard yipping most evenings under one
of the darkest skies in the nation.
whiffs of sage and aspen, while listening to the symphony of coyotes
and staring at the Milky Way, is like stepping back into the Wild
West. It is an ambiance unlike any other. Welcome to the Yipping
Variety of Ski Terrain
The yurt: Handcrafted
in Stanley, Idaho in 1987 by "the father of backcountry yurts",
Kirk Bachman, this 20' diameter yurt was first erected in the City
of Rocks National Reserve area and used for counseling the
chemically dependent. It spent the next 20 years of its life along
the Salmon River near Riggins, serving
as guest lodging for a river outfitter. Badly dilapidated, it was
salvaged just prior to its trip to the landfill in 2013. After massaging
the shell back to life, other rescued materials were used to custom
build the new door, skylight, and
furnishings as well as the outhouse, rainwater/snowmelt harvester,
and sauna. From the ground up, this project was built almost entirely
from repurposed and salvaged materials, each piece artfully reshaped
for its new life. The patina of time and story behind every piece
add another dimension.
platform. New location
shower water in the wood-fired water heater.
handcrafted from a collection of salvaged materials.
deck made from lumber pulled from a burn pile.
salvaged yurt compression ring.
the views of the Pioneers or Milky Way from a one-of-a-kind
wood-fired hot tub.
loo made from salvaged lavatory & lumber.
little fun throughout.
toilet. Finished compost nourishes area trees, completing
the natural cycle.
storage also harvests rainwater & snowmelt. Collected
water is piped downhill to yurt.
reuse. Water from the kitchen sink runs to a sub-mulch basin
fired sauna made from reclaimed grain hopper & other
up the sauna in an early fall evening.
yurting, enjoy the hotspring a few miles down the road.
bike, horses, skis, or snowshoes (limited vehicular access for
special spring and summer events - high clearance vehicles only).
on route: 4-7 miles for summer travelers and 3.3 miles for skiers.
The mountain bike route is mostly flat with two relatively
gentle and short hill climbs. The steepest climbs 140' in .4 miles.
The winter route is not groomed,
mostly exposed, prone to wind, and undulating. The steepest section
climbs 220' in .25 miles. It takes between 2.5 and 3.5 hours to
ski in, depending on the conditions and level of fitness. Snowshoeing
takes 25 to 50% longer. Participants must have experience in avalanche
safety and at least one in the group needs to have been to the
Cutoff, wildlife, wildflowers, solitude, a variety of ski
terrain (conditions dependent), mountain biking, hiking, vast
views, sauna, hot tub, unique yurt and landscape.
Best visit times:
Mid May to mid June for the most greenery, wildflowers, and wildlife
variety; late fall for best chance of seeing elk; mid January
for the best snow.
8 (there is tent space outside
for larger summer groups)
Provisions & amenities:
- wood-fired hot tub with pre-cut firewood
- wood-fired sauna with pre-cut firewood
- running water inside yurt (April - October)
- gravity fed water filter/purifier
- wood heated outdoor shower with views
- ample and varying seating arrangments,
inside and out
- 3 bunk beds with sleeping pads (bottom
of 2 bunks are futons for couples. Fold into couches by day
seating 2-3 people each)
- dining table with seating for 6
- 9' long window bench with view overlooking
valley floor & Pioneers beyond
- 8' long kitchen counter with extra shelves,
double sink, & pantry
- basic cookware, cups, & eating utensils
- wood stove with glass door for fire
- pre-cut firewood for heating/cooking
- battery powered lanterns
- portable propane
2-burner cook stove
- outhouse with skylight roof, composting
toilet, solar light, & view
- private indoor loo (number 1 only!) for
those who would rather stay within the warmth of the yurt
- small library: local fauna, flora, &
geological guides; conservation; building inspiration; philosophy;
health; & more
- journal documenting orgin & story
of each componet of yurt including explanation of greywater,
composting, sauna, shower, & rainwater/snowmelt harvesting
- maps of the area showing alternative
routes, additional skiing & mountain biking, & points
of interest for exploration
Guests only need to bring:
- sleeping bag
- appropriate clothing
It is a magnificent
weekend journeying in and out, enjoying the yurt in the interim
and topping the experience off with a soak in the hotspring. There
are also many fun options to enhance the adventure whether it
be additional skiing or mountain biking, or hiking to incredibly
expansive views. Click here for a few itinerary
ideas and Frequently Asked Questions.