Castle Valley View Yurt
Eastern, Utah, United States
The Castle Valley View Yurt is perched on a high desert mesa offering incredible views of the unique landscape outside Moab, Utah. The mesa overlooks the prominent buttes of Castle Valley, the winding Colorado River, and the famed Arches National Park thousands of feet below. Located roughly halfway down the Whole Enchilada Trail at the junction of the Jimmy Keen Loop and the Kokopelli Trail, this yurt is perfect for mountain bikers seeking solitude on the area’s legendary trails. But adventurers and explorers of all speeds are welcome. Road bikers and even those enjoying the area by motorized vehicle can easily access the yurt, which sits just 100 yards off the scenic La Sal Loop Road, The only prerequisite for that guests revel in the uncanny beauty of their surroundings in the Manti-La Sal National Forest -- as well as know how to operate a wood-burning stove and don’t mind using an outhouse.
The 20 foot yurt has all the essential amenities, with a fully-stocked kitchen to create a backcountry feast, beds to sleep eight, and a small game and book library. Whether it’s through a heart pounding ride on the trails or a heart opening personal restoration as you simply take in the scenery, the Jimmy Keen Flat Yurt is the idyllic setting for your own desert solitaire.
Available May through October
Location and Access
Near: Moab, UT (45 minute drive east of Moab)
The yurt is just a 50 yard walk from the parking area, after about 18 miles on county dirt roads.
With trails galore, the area provides ample opportunity for trail time, in the breathtaking La Sal Mountains of western Utah, for:
Hiking, Mountain biking, Trail running
The yurt sits about halfway down the Whole Enchilada Trail, at the intersection of the Kokopelli and Jimmy Keen Trails. So get on your bike and ride. If it’s your first time or your 100th time to explore the famed trails around Moab, the experience of coming home to the yurt after a long day of riding or hiking will be unforgettable.
This yurt is also ideal for motorists and road bikers, as it sits just 100 yards off the scenic La Sal Loop Road. If your group consists of some wanting a more relaxing vacation and others seeking heart-pounding trail time, this yurt caters to all, with some of the most incredible views you will find.
Sleeps up to eight
Two bunks: each sleep one on top and two on bottom
Two large cots with sleeping pads: sleeps two
One outhouse equipped with River Bank toilet system
Weekends (Fri & Sat) & Holidays: $250/night plus tax
Weekdays (Sun-Thurs): $220/night plus tax
What you need to bring
- Headlamp or Flashlights
- Sleeping bags, pillows, blankets
- Indoor shoes/slippers
- 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: 2 gallons per person per night reserved are provided for cooking/cleaning/drinking.
- 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).
- Basic small first aid kit
- Cart to haul your gear from your car
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 Mtn Loop) and travel 18 miles. Turn left onto an unimproved double track and travel 150 yards to the Jimmy Keen Parking area, on the right. Note: This road is not well marked and can be difficult to identify. If you pass the Kokopelli Trail (within 75 yards beyond the double track) turn around at the Castle Valley overlook. After parking, walk 50 yards north around the grove of Scrub Oak to the Castle Valley View Yurt.
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:
Utah Avalanche center –https://utahavalanchecenter.org/
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.
In early and late season, please be prepared for snowy conditions and to travel further by foot. It is your responsibility to watch the weather and be prepared to start early, allowing plenty of time for your arrival.
No refunds will be given for early departures, bad weather or poor road or trail 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||$220 / night||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Closed Nov - AprilJan 28 2017 - Apr 30 2017||$220 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateMay 26 2017 - May 29 2017||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateJun 30 2017 - Jul 04 2017||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateSep 01 2017 - Sep 04 2017||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateDec 22 2017 - Jan 01 2018||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateMay 25 2018 - May 28 2018||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateJul 03 2018 - Jul 04 2018||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateAug 31 2018 - Sep 03 2018||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateMay 24 2019 - May 27 2019||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateJul 04 2019 - Jul 06 2019||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateAug 30 2019 - Sep 02 2019||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|