La Sal Gold Yurt
Eastern, Utah, United States
There are few winter yurts as easily accessible as the La Sal Gold Yurt. This 20 foot yurt lies at the end of a leisurely 1.5 mile ski in, with the option of a steeper shortcut that reduces your trip to a half mile. Despite the relatively short journey, at 10,000 feet the remoteness feels absolute, as the bare aspens quiver and snow blankets the Manti-La Sal National Forest in silence. Only available during the winter months, the location offers limitless access to the tallest peaks of eastern Utah’s La Sal Mountains. The terrain is diverse, with everything from gentle touring to more advanced steeps, making this an ideal spot for skiers of all ability levels. Several miles of groomed nordic trails, maintained by the Lower Utah Nordic Alliance (LUNA), are also accessible from the Geyser Pass trailhead. Don’t overlook the sledding and fat biking opportunities as well.
The yurt has bunk beds and cots for up to eight guests. A wood-burning stove keeps the yurt warm and cozy, while the kitchen is fully stocked with all you might need to prepare a hearty post-ski dinner. After feasting, enjoy some games or reading selections from the small library, before drifting off to dream of tomorrow’s snowy adventures.
Available December through April
Location and Access
Near: Moab, UT (about an hour east of Moab)
Winter: 1.5 mile ski/snowshoe with minimal elevation gain from the trailhead at the Geyser Pass parking area to the yurt. The trail is well marked and groomed. The trail is open to snowmobiles but they must stay on the road only.
Difficulty: Mild to Moderate
The area provides ample opportunity for adventure in winter months, in the breathtaking La Sal Mountains of eastern Utah, for:
Backcountry Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snowmobiling, Fat biking, and Sledding
Enjoy epic backcountry skiing on and around nearby peaks. Explore the high alpine terrain of Gold Basin and other high elevation peaks for unbeatable winter recreation and endless, stunning views. Those looking for a slightly less heart pumping experience can enjoy acres of lower angle wooded ski runs, or explore the miles of groomed cross-country trails accessed from the Geyser Pass trailhead. You can even bring your fat bike or sled along. No matter how you spend your days, the winter views are exceptional in this unique landscape, with white powder high above the red rock desert.
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
- 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: Snowmelt is used in winter. 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).
- Basic small first aid kit
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 4.5 miles. Park in the winter parking lot.
From the parking lot follow Geyser Pass Road #071 east for 0.9 miles. Turn right at the USFS sign for Gold Basin Road #241. You will follow this road for 1.2 miles. The road will sharply turn left and descends. You will find the yurt through a clearing to the right.
Skin track shortcut: This route eliminates about 1 mile of groomed trail. From the Geyser Pass parking lot, follow Geyser Pass Road east for 0.5 miles. After passing a large meadow on your left look for a skin track on the right side of the road that climbs steeply through the trees. Follow this skin track for about 0.4 miles until you come back to the groomed Gold Basin Road #241. Follow the road for 0.5 miles. The road will sharply turn left and descends. You will find the yurt through a clearing to the right.
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:
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.
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||$220 / night||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateFeb 17 2017 - Feb 20 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 RateNov 23 2017 - Nov 26 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 RateJan 12 2018 - Jan 15 2018||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateFeb 16 2018 - Feb 19 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 RateNov 22 2018 - Nov 25 2018||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateDec 21 2018 - Jan 01 2019||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateJan 18 2019 - Jan 21 2019||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateFeb 15 2019 - Feb 18 2019||$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|
|Holiday RateNov 28 2019 - Dec 01 2019||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Holiday RateDec 24 2019 - Jan 01 2020||$250 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|