Leave your tent at home. A yurt is a circular tent type structure. Yurts were designed by Mongolian herders as a necessity to keep up with their herd’s rapid movements. Evidence of yurts have been found from the fourth century B.C. in Mongolia and is still used by nomadic tribes in Central Asia. “Yurt” is actually Russian for dwelling. Mongolians know yurt’s by the word “Ger”, or home. Nomads prefer yurts because they are lightweight, can be easily taken down or set up, and can stand up against some of natures roughest elements. A yurt once survived a tornado in Japan while it’s neighbors in houses were not so lucky. It is typical for a yurt to withstand temperatures of negative fifty degrees Celsius with minimal heating. The design of the Yurt offer’s great heat distribution throughout the entire area.
There are many cultures in Central Asia that live in yurts with making minimal design changes. A Yurt in Turkey is going to look very similar to a Yurt in Siberia. Modern day hikers have adopted the design for many the same reasons as the Nomad’s in Central Asia. Since the sixties yurts have been popping up all over the United States. Popularity rises each year because of the growing outdoor community and inexpensive construction cost.
Leave your tent at home and come experience living the way ancient nomads did in the jewel of Colorado’s back country.
Never Summer Nordic is a family owned and operated business by Greg "Dad" Graves (pictured far right), Kyle "Son" Graves (pictured front and center), and "Cousin" Bron Austin Deal (pictured far left) who runs Operations and Customer Engagement.
Greg has owned the company since 2002. You can catch him catting his 1980 Tucker Snowcat, with his residence dogs, visiting with guests.
Kyle is an avid fisherman and a scratch golfer. If you catch him working or shooting photos around the yurts he will tell you where all the best fishing spots are. Kyle joined Never Summer Nordic in 2011.
Bron now resides in Gould, CO living onsite at Never Summer Nordic in the "back of the store/office". If you call the "office", do not be surprised when he answers after hours. The office line forwards to his cell phone to ensure customer satisfaction. Bron joined Never Summer Nordic in 2016.
The Graves side of the family stems from our family Patriarch, Bill "Papa" Graves, out of Chickasha, Oklahoma. Greg's father and grandfather to Bron and Kyle, Papa is in his eighties and an avid University of Oklahoma fan. The branch didn't fall far from the tree as Greg, Kyle, and Bron are all avid OU fans as well. The three of them try to take Papa to as many OU football events as possible including the 2017 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, LA, 2017 Big 12 Championship in Dallas, TX, and at least one home game a year. This family story even made the state's newspaper! Read the article here:
Speaking of newspapers, most of the newspapers you will find in the yurts for starter fire come from Papa saving them for our business needs.
Staff: In 2020, Zelda Keim joined Never Summer Nordic as our General Manager. Zelda lives in Walden, CO and brings years of customer service experience. Diana also joined Never Summer Nordic in 2020 and works part time in the store. Keely, Kyle's wife, also helps in the summer when she is not teaching young minds as a teacher at North Park School District. Leigh, Greg's girlfriend, also helps in the store and around the yurts.