North Fork Canadian
The remoteness of the North Fork Canadian Yurt is enhanced by unsurpassed views of the Never Summer mountain range. An ideal base camp for backpacking into high mountain lakes or mountain biking over miles of nearby trails. Ski tour into remote cirques or enjoy the scenic terrain and aspen groves near the yurt. Plenty of moose sightings here too!
PLEASE check the weather and road conditions on the resources page for the most up to date information before your stay.
Pets are permitted at all Never Summer Yurts only from June-September (May-November if snow is gone).
Sleeps 5: Singles (3), Doubles (1) - Two additional floor pads are provided (if people sleeping on floor, the yurt is very crowded).
Includes: Mattresses and pillows, chopped firewood (limited in summer), propane, propane light, propane cooktop, wood burning stove, snow melt pot, all kitchen pots and pans, all kitchenware, limited paper towels, limited toilet paper, limited matches and newspaper, limited dish soap and sponges, kitchen towels, snow shovel, maul and axe, coffee percolator, fire extinguisher, outdoor charcoal grill (charcoal not included), outside food storage box, table and chairs, outhouse, and yurt journal. Click to open winter/summer pack lists below.
YOU are responsible for bedding*, food, and water (in winter, use snow melt). *bedding may be rented from us at $25/stay.
We are a backcountry RUSTIC setting lodging company and concessionaire of Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Daily Parks Pass required.
NONE of our units have running water OR electricity; Our friends at the Hilton Fort Collins do. All units are equipped with outhouses.
WINTER trips to North Fork Canadian Yurt
Winter Access: 1.1 miles
Winter Trailhead: Jackson County Road 41, 8.5 miles from the main park entrance on Highway 14 at the end of CR 41.
GPS Coordinates: 40 36'47.69"N ; 106 00'10.74"W
Elevation Gain/Loss: +228'/-105'
Avalanche Danger: None
Winter Trail Use: Ski and snowshoe
Use Levels: Mainly used by yurt customers only; Some limited day skiing
Water: Snow melt (reason pets are not allowed in winter), specified pot included in yurt. Boil for 4-5 minutes before drinking.
SUMMER trips to North Fork Canadian Yurt
Summer Access: 1.1 miles
Summer Trailhead: Jackson County Road 41, 8.5 miles from the main park entrance on Highway 14 at the end of CR 41.
Elevation Gain/Loss: +228'/-105'
Summer Trail Use: Hike, Horse, Bike
Trail Use Levels: Mainly used by yurt customers only; Some use by day hikers, backpackers and day fishing; Cattle grazing occurs in this area from July to October
Water: Pack in water, Potable water station at the Reservoir on County Road 41. Also, the North Fork Canadian River is 100 yards down the meadow.
AREA TRAILS AND ATTRACTIONS
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.