Mt Sherman Yurt
Central, Colorado, United States
Fourteen miles from civilization, sitting just below treeline at the headwaters of Four Mile Creek, you’ll find Mt Sherman Yurt, the perfect mountain getaway for adventurers seeking solitude in Colorado’s high alpine landscape. The 16-foot yurt provides an ideal basecamp for exploration in the shadows of the high peaks of the Tenmile-Mosquito Range, with Mount Sherman, Mount Sheridan, Sheep and Horseshoe Mountains marking the area.
Hit the hiking and mountain biking trails in warmer months, or sojourn above the yurt to everything from gentle ski trails to exhilarating open sloping bowls when the snow flies. The yurt can sleep up to six, but the immediate surroundings offer plenty of space for additional tents if more friends need to join in on the adventure. With solitude this inviting, a larger guest list is certainly a possibility!
Location and Access
Near: Fairplay, CO
Summer: You will need to drive 14 miles from the highway to get to the yurt on a gradually deteriorating dirt road. Passenger vehicles can make the drive. 4WD recommended. Drive slowly and carefully.
Winter: Access from November until May will be on foot (skis, snowshoes, or snowmobile) for the last two to seven miles, depending on snowpack, with a 600-1600 foot elevation gain. 7-12 mile drive on a deteriorating dirt road before the trek on foot. See Trail Information below.
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult depending on the season
The scenic area of central CO provides endless opportunity, any time of year, for:
Hiking, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Mountain biking, Trail running, Snowmobiling, Fishing
The yurt is surrounded by acres of pristine mountain terrain. Favorite mountain biking trails are Sheep Creek, Twelve Mile Lake, and Brown’s Pass to Sheep Park. Hike Mt Sherman or Horseshoe Peak.
During the winter, experienced, advanced skiers with backcountry experience will find powder galore in the bowl of Mount Sherman, just above the yurt. Take caution as this area is in avalanche terrain. There is also the opportunity for more gentle touring on some of the above mentioned mountain bike trails.
The Forest Service South Park Ranger District site provides an extensive list of trails, rivers and lakes in the area for bicycling, hiking, climbing, fishing, and winter sports.
Of course, make sure to allow yourself pure relaxation. Sitting on the yurt’s deck with a fire keeping you cozy, as you watch the sun descend beyond the surrounding mountaintops, is always time perfectly spent.
Sleeps up to six
Two single bunk beds (sleep four) and two cots. Six can sleep in the yurt if you’re willing to get cozy. It’s a little snug.
Indoor composting toilet
The forested area surrounding the yurt has ample space to pitch additional tents.
$120/night + tax for 2 guests
Additional guests beyond two: $20/night per person
What You Need to Bring
- Headlamp or Flashlights
- Water (please bring water in summer months or pump from nearby stream, snowmelt is used in winter)
- Sleeping bags (two sleeping bags and blankets are provided)
- Avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, probe)
- Wood-burning stove
- Water cistern (filled in summer months only)
- Water filtration device
- Composting toilet (inside!)
- Propane stove
- Propane refrigerator
- Propane hot water heater
- All necessary dinnerware, pots, pans, and cooking utensils
- Extra tents and mosquito canopy
- Folding chairs and tables
- Solar shower
- Water containers
No cell reception at the yurt. Retreating back down to Leavick Mill may get you reception, depending on your carrier.
The yurt is 14 miles up Four Mile Creek Road, a few miles South of Fairplay on Hwy 285. Where you will park your car and start up on foot in winter depends on how much snow there is that season. Guests may park anywhere on the side of the road, without blocking driveways and gates. There are a couple dirt parking areas and campgrounds on the road. If the snow is covering the road, it is advisable to park there. Guests often get stuck attempting to drive farther than they should on the snow covered road.
Summer: Guests can access the yurt by vehicle. The road deteriorates and requires guests to drive slowly.
Winter: The road to the yurt is covered in snow December to May. During this time guests can only access the yurt with snowshoes, skis or snowmobile. Plan on two to seven miles of travel (though could be nine), depending on how much snow is present, at 10,000 to 12,000 feet.
If you must park at the “no winter Maintenance” sign because snow prevents you from getting further, then it is about nine miles on foot with 1,600 ft elevation gain. If you can get to Horseshoe campground to park, you will have three miles on foot with a 1000 ft elevation gain to the yurt. If you are lucky enough to get to the Leavick Mill, you will have only two miles to travel on foot with a 600 ft elevation gain.
If accessing the yurt in winter, give yourself plenty of time, as snow conditions can potentially slow your climb significantly.
Check out: 1PM
Check-in: 2PM - 5PM
Leave the yurt as you found it.
Pack out your trash.
Absolutely NO fires outside on the forest floor... PERIOD! If there is a fire ban in Park County, which is common in the summer, NO fires in the outside fireplace.
Please read the instructions, before use, for the following if you plan to use them: Composting Toilet, Wood Stove, Outside Fireplace, Propane Stove and Refrigerator
The property adjacent to the yurt is private property. Please be respectful of their land. Use established roads and trails. Do not trespass on private property.
Please do not park in front of the gate in the road. This is our neighbor's driveway.
Do not alter, litter or damage our property in any way.
Caution: Do not let children wander. All guests should take caution at night. The property line on the riverside is a steep embankment to the river. At it’s highest point, the deck is five feet above the ground and does not have a rail. Please don’t fall off.
Full refund if canceled five or more days prior to arrival, except fees.
Well-behaved dogs are allowed, limit two. Guests must clean up after dogs and please keep them off bunk beds, sleeping bags and blankets.
Resources for Recreation in the Area
Mountain Biking Resources
Outdoor Solar Shower
Wood Burning Stove
Rates and Availability
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