New for 2016! The newest addition to the Teton Backcountry Guides hut system is located on the western slope of the Teton Range in Teton Canyon, one of the premier alpine canyons in the area. The trailhead is a six-mile drive from Driggs, Idaho. The yurt is located in the summer use campground near Teton Creek, close to the trailheads for Table Mountain and Alaska Basin.
The yurt is accessed via a six-mile, mostly flat, groomed Nordic track, ideal for cross country skiing, skate skiing, and snowshoeing. Friends and family members, both young and old, will enjoy the scenic vistas and snowy woodlands on the trail to the yurt, where opportunities to explore a riparian environment and see wintering wildlife abound. The trail is groomed by local nonprofit organization Teton Valley Trails and Pathways (TVTAP). A percentage of the yurt rental fee will go to TVTAP to help offset grooming and plowing costs. Additional donations to TVTAP are encouraged via their website.
The Teton Canyon Yurt is located less than one mile from the Jedediah Smith Wilderness boundary which is adjacent to Grand Teton National Park. Backcountry skiers equipped with avalanche safety gear along with the skills and training to safely travel in avalanche terrain, will find abundant powder skiing opportunities from the yurt. Ice climbing and rock climbing opportunities are located nearby.
The yurt sleeps 6 – 8 people. Two bunk beds sleep doubles on the bottom bunk and singles on the top. Cots sleep an additional two people. There is a pellet stove for heat, gas lanterns for lighting, and a two burner propane stove for cooking. Snow is melted for water. An outhouse is nearby. Household basics such as toilet paper, paper towels, and fuel for cooking, lighting, and heating are provided. Kitchenware including cooking and eating utensils are provided.
Overnight renters need to provide their own sleeping bags, food, drink, first aid and emergency supplies, and maps. All participants will need to meet in Driggs, Idaho before trip departure to go over yurt operations and sign an Acknowledgement of Risk waiver.
The Teton Canyon Yurt can be accessed with a snowmachine, however due to the popularity of this trailhead, we are requesting that folks consider human power to access and enjoy the yurt. Snowmachines have an impact on other National Forest users and contribute to noise and air pollution. We are looking to offer outdoor enthusiast with an opportunity to enjoy a quiet, nature-based experience with families and friends and not impact other people looking for the same experience. We thank you for considering our request.
Cost: $250/night plus 3% FS User Fee for 4 adults and up to 4 children:
WYDAHO LOCAL DISCOUNT:
Teton Valley, Idaho, and eastern Idaho (residents of Idaho Falls, Ashton, Rexburg, Pocatello areas) and Jackson, Wy residents:
$150/night plus 5% TVTAP donation and 3% forest user fee
Dates in red are already booked and not available.