The Yurts of Never Summer Nordic® are remote backcountry shelters. The yurts are circular tent-like canvas and wood structures built high on a wood deck, offering the backcountry enthusiast a secure, secluded private refuge from the elements in the Colorado State Forest State Park. They are available for rent throughtout the year, winter or summer.
The Dancing Moose Yurt has an impressive view of Clark Peak, with Bull Mountain to explore as your "backyard"! The Jewel Lake trail is also nearby for more trails to explore. With a little help this yurt is also wheelchair accessible.
Winter Access: .25 miles
Winter Trailhead: Jackson County Road 41 - 4.5 miles from the main park entrance on right side of CR 41.
GPS Coordinates: 40 33'57.43"N ; 105 59'16.93"W
Elevation Gain/Loss: +39'/-10'
Avalanche Danger: None
Winter Trail Use: Ski and snowshoe
Use Levels: Used by yurt customers only
Summer Access: 2WD Vehicle access
Summer Trailhead: Jackson County Road 41 - 4.5 miles from the main park entrance on right side of CR 41.
Summer Trail Use: 2WD Vehicles, Hike, Horse, Bike
Trail Use Levels: Gated access for customers only.
|Beds for nine (3 dbles, 3 singles) and 3 extra pads**
**-The huts are very crowded if you have folks on the floor! also-mattresses & pillows are provided, but no other bedding!
No running water or electricity!
Propane light ( IN COOKING AREA )
Pots & pans
Dishsoap & Dishpans
Outside food storage box
Table & chairs
Maul & ax
Items only provided for winter
Stock Pot for melting snow
Kelly Lake: This alpine lake is about 5 miles from the North Fork Canadian Yurt and is usually snowed in until mid-July. It is a rather difficult ski in the winter because you will probably have to break trail. There is avalanche danger on the valley slopes on the last section leading to the lake. In the summer, the wildflowers are simply amazing in July and the fishing is usually good. One hint: Follow the logging road and not the old trail where the signs direct you. The logging road will cut off some distance and hills.
Clear Lake: Clear Lake is approx. 6 miles from the North Fork Yurt. Very few people ever make it out to this remote lake.
Kelly Ridge: Kelly Ridge sits just to the southeast of the North Fork Yurt. Snowboarders have discovered this area in recent years for more advanced runs. Access is from the drainage east of the yurt. There is significant avalanche danger.
Rose's Ridge and Jim's Ridge: These ski destinations are not far from the trail linking the Ruby Jewel Yurt. There can be significant avalanche danger on some aspects.
Hut to Hut:
Ruby Jewel Yurt: This route is best done starting at the Ruby Jewel Yurt because it is downhill all the way. From the North Fork Yurt it is 3.5 miles and 1,000' in elevation gain.