Monte Cristo Yurt Trip

Monte Cristo Yurt, Yurts of Utah, Utah Yurts
The Monte Cristo Yurt is one of Utah's newest yurts! You guys know I love yurts - every year my partner and I stay in a different location as we love exploring new terrain, staying in unique living spaces, relaxing and playing games, as well as venturing out on our skis to survey the land. Well this year I knew I had to jump on the opportunity to reserve the Monte Cristo Yurt - our reservation isn't until March, but I wanted you all to know about it asap so you could get up there too this winter season!

This yurt is quite large - 24 ft in diameter with plenty of room to sleep 10 people. Dogs and kids will enjoy the easy & groomed 6.5 mile ski or snowshoe in before relaxing by the fire. It is located between Monte Cristo and Hardware Ranch, UT, tucked into a grove of trees set up on the hillside so it provides amazing 360 degree views with stunning sunsets. There is a long, steep hillside just east of the Yurt - perfect for tubing or short shots of backcountry skiing.

We can't wait to stay here! Make your reservation now!

Specific driving instructions will be provided upon reservation, but the Monte Cristo Yurt is about an hour East of Ogden, UT  near Wolf Creek Pass.

Distance: 7.2 miles one way
Elevation gain: ~300 ft
Time:  3-4 hours one way
Dog friendly? Yes!
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/Permits? Reservations are required - see below. Parking is 

How can I make a reservation?
Reservations can be made on Air B&B! Search for "Monte Cristo Yurt". You will get an email with the lockbox code to access the yurt as well. You can also make a reservation on UtahYurt.com.

How much does it cost to stay at the yurt?
The yurt cost $140/night + Air B&B fees. 

How many people can stay in the yurt?
You can sleep a max of 10 people, though I don't recommend bringing 10 people. You want some room to put all of your gear. I feel like 8 is a good amount, especially if you have a lot of gear.

What does the yurt provide?
The yurt is equipped with two queen and six single bunks, a propane stove (propane is included), kitchen utensils, and plenty of firewood. 

Is there water access?
No. There is no running water nor a nearby stream to filter water. You either need to carry it all in, or melt snow, then filter.

What should I bring?
-Your own sleeping bag and pillow
- toilet paper 
- food & alcohol
- games or cards
- really thick socks, slippers, or down booties for inside the yurt
- firewood is provided but you need fire starter & a lighter
your own sponge, biodegradable soap, and towel to clean dishes
 - trash bags (everything must be packed out)
- first aid kit
- any other entertainment you want!
Monte Cristo Yurt, Yurts of Utah, Utah Yurts
 End of the road where the winter gate starts. Make sure you pay the $10/day fee to park, then park right in front of the ClubRec building. There are port-a-potty's available. Start the hike by hiking behind those port-a-potty's, following the groomed track.
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 At 1.3 miles cross a cattle guard. Just after that we found an empty "for sale" frame so we took advantage of that and I snapped this photo!
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2.4 miles pass Aspen Hill Lodge on the left.
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Making jokes the whole way! 

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At mile 3.3 pass the "ref 5" green sign. In the middle of winter this may be buried by snow.
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  Charlie's first backpacking trip of 2020! Had to stop to grab more a photo! Not pictured but at 6.0 miles exactly you will pass Scare Canyon signs on your left at the top of a small ridge.
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 Around 6.2 miles we could actually see the yurt from 1 mile away so we cut across over to the road. Pass a yellow gate, then turn right at this tree.
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Follow the road around for about 10 minutes then start to aim NE towards the yurt. As you get closer its a little hard to see in all the Aspens.
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I tracked 7.2 miles one way, and it took us 2 hours 45 minutes. First things first - family photo!
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 Next up was unpacking and getting the fire going. So cozy! PS I also love my Darn Tough socks! 
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Charlie and his dad take a nap while I hang out by the fire.
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Caprese for lunch!
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 What a pretty spot! This yurt is great for snowmobilers and/or families with kids. There's not a ton to do around the yurt except snowmobile and hike a little. 
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Evening on the deck with Charlie.


(all photos below from utahyurt.com)
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 Aerial view of the Monte Cristo Yurt in Fall.
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 Ooh, that evening glow on the deck!
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Plenty of room to hang up gear. The most popular activity in this area is snowmobiling in winter, and riding ATVs in the Fall.
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Lots of solar light for those long winter nights.
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Can't beat these Utah skies! 


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