Haystack Mountain Yurt
Eastern, Utah, United States
Deep in the La Sal Mountains, the second highest mountain range in Utah, you’ll find Haystack Mountain Yurt. Sitting at the edge of a rolling high alpine meadow near the base of Haystack Mountain, the yurt boasts impressive views from the front door to Mount Mellenthin, the second tallest peak in the range at 12,645 feet, and Mount Tomasaki, at 12,239 feet.
With the Manti-La Sal National Forest as your playground, you’ll find plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities in every season. Backcountry skiing and snowshoeing are incredible from the yurt, while the warmer months will find you ideally situated to mountain bike on well-known trails such as the Whole Enchilada, Moonlight Meadows, and Burrow Pass. If leisurely is your speed, several miles of groomed nordic trail, maintained by the Lower Utah Nordic Alliance (LUNA), are also accessible from the Geyser Pass trailhead. In the summer months, miles of trails, enjoyed by mountain bikers and hikers alike, will allow you to explore the wilderness.
The 24 foot yurt will accommodate up to eight guests. The kitchen/dining area and small library of books and games help create a simple, but homey, environment. Comfortable even during the coldest months, when you can snuggle up to the warm wood burning stove with a cup of hot chocolate, the Haystack Mountain Yurt is perfect for your next family wilderness escape.
Location and Access
Near: Moab, UT (about an hour east of Moab)
Winter: 3.7 mile ski/snowshoe from the trailhead at the Geyser Pass parking area to the yurt. The trail has only moderate elevation gain and is well marked and groomed until the last .25 miles. The trail is open to snowmobiles.
Summer: Vehicle access for the remaining 3.7 miles is open from May 21st through December 14th. You may choose to park at the Geyser Pass parking area and ride the 3.7 miles to the yurt as well.
The area provides ample opportunity for adventure, any time of year, in the breathtaking La Sal Mountains of western Utah, for:
Hiking, Backcountry Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing, Mountain biking, Trail running, Snowmobiling, Fat biking, and Sledding
Ride the famous mountain biking trails of Moab in the summer, or enjoy epic backcountry skiing on and around the nearby 14,000 foot peaks in the winter. For bikers, the popular Whole Enchilada and Moonlight Meadows trailheads are just a few hundred yards or less away from the yurt, giving you first access to these legendary trails. For snowbunnies, the high alpine terrain of nearby Gold Basin and other high elevation peaks boast unparalleled access to winter recreation. Guests looking for a more gentle experience can enjoy acres of lower angle wooded ski run, or the groomed Nordic trails accessible from the Geyser Pass Wilderness. The winter landscape is exceptional with white powder high above the red rock desert, but no matter the season there are plenty of opportunities to elevate yourself in miles and miles of unforgettable views.
Sleeps up to eight
Two bunks: each sleep one on top and two on bottom
Full sized futon: sleeps two
One outhouse equipped with River Bank toilet system
Weekends (Fri & Sat) & Holidays: $280/night plus tax
Weekdays (Sun-Thurs): $230/night plus tax
What you need to bring
- Headlamp or Flashlights
- Sleeping bags, pillows, blankets
- Indoor shoes/slippers
- Avalanche safety equipment - beacons, probes, and shovels
- Wood-burning stove with wood, firestarter and matches
- Three burner propane cook stove
- All necessary pots, pans, cooking and dining equipment
- Propane lights in kitchen and four LED lanterns
- Water: June - Oct. 2 gallons per person per night reserved are provided for cooking/cleaning/drinking. Snowmelt is used in winter, November - May. Large pots and purifying tablets provided.
- Food Storage Tote (all food MUST be kept in totes or coolers to protect from animals. Coolers with ice can be rented if requested in advance).
- June-October: Carts available to carry gear from the parking area to the yurt
- Basic small first aid kit
Trailhead and Trail Information:
Summer and Winter
Head south from Moab on US-191/Main Street and travel 7.8 miles. Turn left onto Co Rd #127/Old Airport Rd (brown sign indicating Ken’s Lake and La Sals is located at the turn on US-191) and travel 0.6 miles. Turn right onto Co Rd #127/Forest Road #046 (La Sal Mountain Loop) and travel 11.5 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road #071 (Geyser Pass) and travel 8.8 miles. At Geyser Pass you will encounter a small parking area with USFS signage and bathroom.In winter you will park here and continue on foot. Veer left at a junction just beyond the parking area, where a brown USFS sign indicates Burro Pass to the left and Dark Canyon to the right. Turn left after 150 yards at the junction of forest road #243 and #071. Continue north. In roughly 100 yards is the trailhead for the Whole Enchilada. 75 yards further is the Moonlight Meadows trailhead. From the Moonlight Meadows trailhead the route veers to the right and climbs gently for another 75 yards. From here the yurt is visible through a narrow clearing in the trees to the right. Turn right at this point and continue another 75 yards to the yurt, sitting on the east side of a line of trees in a large open meadow.
The trail is open to snowmobiles in the winter.
Yurt is booked for private rentals only. Your group will not share the yurt with other guests.
It is strongly recommended that all winter guests are equipped with avalanche rescue gear and know how to use the equipment. Cell phone coverage is not reliable and help can be hours away.
For more Information about winter recreation in the La Sals please visit:
Lower Utah Nordic Alliance - LUNA – https://www.facebook.com/luna.moab
Full refund if canceled more than 30 days prior to arrival, less a 10% fee.
No refunds will be given if canceled within 30 days of the reservation date. However, if circumstances beyond your control cause the cancellation, a one-time rebooking is allowed within the same season for a 10% fee.
During the winter months, the roads may not be plowed after a heavy snow in time for your visit. Please prepared for snowy conditions and to travel further by foot, as you may have to park at the turnoff to the Geyser Pass Road. This will increase your skin-in to 4.5 miles and 1600 feet of elevation gain. It is your responsibility to watch the weather and be prepared to start early, allowing plenty of time for your arrival during the short winter months.
No refunds will be given for early departures, bad weather or poor snow conditions, getting lost or failure to reach the yurt, or any other circumstances for which the owners have no control.
If you must RESCHEDULE your trip, do not rebook through FreeHouse. Instead, please contact the owner directly. You will be put in touch with the owner once your booking is confirmed.
Well behaved dogs are allowed for a $50 fee.
Please adhere by these guidelines so that dogs and their owners can keep enjoying the yurt:
- No more than two dogs are allowed at the yurt.
- In winter, snowmelt is used for drinking water. Please clean up after your dog and be away of where they are going to the bathroom.
- Keep dogs under control at all times. These areas are frequented by other skiers, hikers, bikers, cattle and wildlife.
- Bring your own food and water bowls for your dog.
- Clean snow and mud from your dog before allowing it into the yurt.
- Please take extra care to sweep and clean the yurt upon leaving.
First Aid Kit
Wood Burning Stove
Rates and Availability
|Weeknight||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay||Max Stay|
|Standard Rate||$230 / night||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateFeb 17 2017 - Feb 20 2017||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateMay 26 2017 - May 29 2017||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateJun 30 2017 - Jul 04 2017||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateSep 01 2017 - Sep 04 2017||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateNov 23 2017 - Nov 26 2017||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateDec 22 2017 - Jan 01 2018||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateJan 12 2018 - Jan 15 2018||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateFeb 16 2018 - Feb 19 2018||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateMay 25 2018 - May 28 2018||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateJul 03 2018 - Jul 04 2018||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateAug 31 2018 - Sep 03 2018||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateNov 22 2018 - Nov 25 2018||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateDec 21 2018 - Jan 01 2019||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateJan 18 2019 - Jan 21 2019||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateFeb 15 2019 - Feb 18 2019||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateMay 24 2019 - May 27 2019||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateJul 04 2019 - Jul 06 2019||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateAug 30 2019 - Sep 02 2019||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateNov 28 2019 - Dec 01 2019||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateDec 24 2019 - Jan 01 2020||$280 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|