Yurts a reliable summer getaway

The Idaho StatesmanJune 16, 2014 


The view in summer from Banner Ridge Yurt near Idaho City is spectacular, overlooking the canyon of the South Fork of the Payette River. (PETE ZIMOWSKY/IDAHO STATESMEN/MCT)


Idaho Parks and Recreation’s yurts in the Idaho City area are catching on -- in the summer, that is.

The six yurts, about 25 miles northeast of Idaho City off Idaho 21, are often booked in the winter by cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

But mountain bikers, hikers and families who don’t want to camp on the ground are discovering them for the warmer months.

“It is true that the six yurts are occupied less in the summer than in the winter, but last year, every weekend was booked between June and September,” said Leo Hennessy, nonmotorized trails program manager with Idaho Parks and Recreation.

Hennessy said there is availability during the June-September season.

Most summer users reserve their yurt in the spring, but you can reserve up to nine months in advance, he said.

High and cool

The yurts are attractive in the summer because most are on high ridges where you can catch the breezes and listen to the whispers of the pines.

They offer wide-open scenery of the canyon of the South Fork of the Payette River and distance mountain peaks.

Yurts are spacious and cozy with a futon, bunks, a table and chairs, propane lights, solar LED lights and a propane stove.

Bring food, sleeping bags and personal items.

Water for dishwashing and cooking is available in a 55-gallon water barrel. Bring water for drinking, or a filter or purifier.

Information: http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/activities/yurts

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