The long process to repair and re-open the yurt system north of Idaho City takes another step forward this winter with the re-opening of three of the six structures on Nov. 17.
Idaho State Parks and Recreation opened two of the yurts last winter after the 2016 Pioneer Fire, then closed them for the summer to allow crews to make repairs to structures and trails.
Rocky Ridge, Skyline and Stargaze yurts will be open to the public this winter. Reservations can be made beginning Sept. 20 by phone at (888) 922-6743 or idahostateparks.reserveamerica.com.
“The Pioneer Fire severely impacted the Idaho City Backcountry Yurt Program,” said Leo Hennessy, the non-motorized trails manager for Parks and Rec. “Every yurt in the system required some level of repair and we continue to work diligently to open the yurts for access as quickly as we safely can.”
The hope is that the Banner Ridge and Elkhorn yurts can be added back to the system for the 2018-19 use year. Banner Ridge was open last winter but access issues will prevent it from opening this winter.
Whispering Pines was destroyed and will be rebuilt in a new location within a mile or two of its previous spot.
“We’re in the process of site evaluation and review and there’s no clear timeline as to when the sixth yurt might be available,” Hennessy said.