Rustic, solar-powered yurt adjacent to Mesa Verde National Park. Stunning scenery and a peaceful, secluded environment. A unique, Colorado "glamping" experience. Enjoy an environmentally-friendly way to visit the Four Corners.
The yurt is a round structure which is open with a high ceiling. There is a futon which folds out into a double bed. Additionally, there is an artisan-crafted sleeping loft with a full-sized memory foam mattress. The loft has a plexi-glass dome above it which allows in natural light and where you can see a gazillion stars at night. A cot and two floor mattresses are available. We can supply clean linens, pillows, and warm blankets for the two double beds or you can use your own sleeping bags.
This is located one mile off the highway. The road is bumpy but small cars can access it in good weather. When it rains it can get muddy and somewhat slick. In this event you may need to park at the bottom of the driveway and walk the remaining 1/2 mile to the yurt. Large vehicles (such as RV's) will not be able to navigate the road because of uneven terrain and sharp turns. Guests can hike around a portion of the property. It is wooded and hilly and there are no defined trails.
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We live nearby and are here to help if you should need anything. Let us know if you have questions about what to do in the area- we can give you some recommendations.
The yurt is located in a peaceful, wilderness area. We often see wild turkeys, deer, rabbits, and grouse. We occasionally hear owls at coyotes at night. There is an outdoor potty. A sunshower (an outdoor camp shower heated by the sun) is available in the summer. There is a small kitchen area with a sink which has potable running water (low pressure). The water is not heated so in order to do dished you'll need to heat it. We have a wood-burning cook stove and a portable two burner gas range. There is also gas BBQ grill outside and a fire pit. There is no refrigerator but we can supply you with a cooler during your stay. Also, it gets chilly at night, even in the summer so bring some extra layers. We provide a battery-operated lantern to help you find your way but you may want to bring your own flashlight or headlamps.
Please clean up after yourselves and be respectful of the natural environment. Keep food and trash in closed containers in the yurt or in your vehicle to deter visits from wildlife.
We will consider a well-behaved dog. There is an additional charge of $10/night. Please contact us in advance and we will send you our pet policy.
Fires in the indoor wood stove and the outdoor fire pit only. The outdoor fire pit fire must be attended at all times. Please keep all wood chopping activity outside of the yurt.
For your safety- do not hang or climb on the sleeping loft- use the ladder. No children on the loft or ladder.
When hiking outdoors watch where you are walking and beware of your surroundings. As a precaution, do not hike alone after dusk. Also, be careful not to trespass onto other private properties or the national park. We will provide you with a map of the grounds outlining where hiking is possible.
No smoking in the yurt. If you smoke outside, distinguish cigarettes entirely and dispose of butts in properly.
The weather and temperatures can change suddenly so be sure to bring clothes which are suitable for the season. In the summer and fall there are hot days, cool evenings, and the occasional rain storm.
Additional yurt guests after 2 are $10 each per night. We allow up to 2 vehicles per reservation. Some tent space is available and we charge $10/person per night. This helps cover the resources we provide such as wood, propane, potable water, electricity, etc. If you plan to have a tent, more than 2 small vehicles, or more than 4 guests please call or email for advanced approval.
Park only in allowed areas. No four-wheeling, horses, or OHV's.
My wife and I LOVE to camp. At least, we did. Before we had kids. Before our bones started to ache from sleeping on the ground on our meager inflatable pads. We didn't used to mind waking up at dawn to chirping birds, scampering squirrels, and two inches of frozen sleet weighing down our sagging tent. Most mornings we would ignore our frozen noses, puffy eyes, and damp feet due to the puddle that formed on the tent floor during the stormy night. The beautiful views, the fresh air, and the crackling warmth of a camp fire made up for that. But then, our baby came along. And camping with babies is hard. And so, we decided that the yurt I had so lovingly erected before we got married, the yurt that I had intended to live in during my Thoreau-inspired bachelor days, would be a suitable compromise. It would bring us (and our babies) closer to nature. We could still enjoy spectacular solitude, a crackling campfire, and the night sky replete with millions of stars. Yet, in the comfort of the yurt, we could sleep on a real mattress, have running water whenever we wanted, and turn on lights when it got dark. With our busy lives now, however, we are unable to escape to the yurt as often as we would like. And, we didn't want our Mongolian ger nestled in this little patch of heaven to get lonely. So, we invite you, our next guest, to come experience the beautiful, natural environment of Southwest Colorado -- the place where the Ancestral Puebloans called home a thousand years ago. And, we want to share it with those who, like ourselves, like to be close to nature but also like to have many of the comforts of home.