Hutting It in Idaho’s Backcountry

wilderness yurt

Yurts provide a chance to experience wilderness—in comfort

The Rocky Ridge yurt near Idaho City allows guests access to backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and groomed cross-country ski trails.

When the 280,642-acre Beaver Creek Fire swept through the mountains surrounding Sun Valley in August 2013, the Sun Valley Trekking Coyote Yurt site fell victim to the flames. Two yurts, a deck and a sauna were transformed into a pile of ash overlooking the spectacular Boulder, Smoky and Pioneer mountains. Only the stovepipe remained.

With help from the community, Francie St. Onge and her husband rebuilt the yurts, making them better than ever.

“They’re our showcase yurts now,” St. Onge said. “They are fresh and gorgeous.”

The new site now boasts a 20-foot and a 16-foot yurt, a new deck, hammock, barbecue, fire pit, a couple of outhouses and another sauna.

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