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Cross-country Skiing: Colorado > Colorado Backcountry Huts

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Never Summer Yurts

Advanced Terrain: Medicine Bow Mountains
Beginner Terrain: several shelters in system
Capacity: varies People 5 individuals in most yurts; 9 for Dancing Moose; 6 for Nokhu Hut
Difficulty: varies
Elevation: varies depending on shelter site
Number of Sites: 7 shelters in system
Reservation Contact: 970.482.9411
Reservation Status: Required May be reserved up to one year in advance.
Usage: Moderate
Vehicle Accessibility: varies The huts are accessible only by cross-country skiis or snowshoes during winter months.




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General Description

Never Summer Nordic Yurt System
Copyright: - Never Summer Nordic Yurt System
Never Summer Nordic Yurt System
The Never Summer Yurts are owned and operated by Yvonne "Bootsie" Brodzinski out of Fort Collins, Colorado. The shelters lie in the Colorado State Forest, which is administered within the state park system. (Like other state parks, an entrance fee must be paid when entering the Colorado State Forest State Park.) The State Forest lies on the eastern end of North Park in north central Colorado.

The system consists of six yurts and a newly constructed hut. Each yurt is constructed of wood with canvas walls and sits atop stilts surrounded by a wooden deck. Five of the yurts accommodate five people with bunks and floor mattresses. Dancing Moose Yurt can accommodate nine people and the Nokhu Hut can accommodate six individuals.

Amenities of each shelter in the Never Summer Yurt system include wood stoves, cook stoves, pots, pans, dishes and cooking and eating utensils. Outhouses are located close to the structures. No dogs are allowed in any of the properties within this system.

These backcountry shelters are generally close to trailheads and a variety of terrain. The yurts lie to the west of the Medicine Bow Mountains, which provide a picturesque backdrop, as well as challenging telemark skiing terrain. The system is open for reservations throughout the year.

Directions from Walden: Follow State Highway 14 southeast toward Gould. Approximately two miles before reaching Gould a dirt road leads northward from Highway 14 to North Michigan Creek Reservoir. This is the entrance to Colorado State Forest.

Directions from Fort Collins: Drive north on Highway 287 to the turn off for Poudre Canyon, which is Colorado State Highway 14. Follow Highway 14 west approximately 60 miles to the entrance for Colorado State Forest.



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Never Summer Hut System
Yes
ICON Cross-country Skiing Never Summer Hut System
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Never Summer Hut System
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Never Summer Hut System
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Never Summer Hut System
Yes
ICON Lodging Never Summer Yurts
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Never Summer Hut System
Yes
ICON Backcountry Skiing Never Summer Hut System
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing Never Summer Hut System
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Never Summer Hut System
Yes



Related Activities
Alfred A. Braun Hut System - The Alfred A. Braun system of huts was the first to be established in Colorado shortly after World War II. These sites are recommended for intermediate and advanced backcountry skiers only.

Friends Hut, Elkton Cabins, Forrest Queen Cabin - Five backcountry cabins are accessible from the Crested Butte area. The backcountry in this region is particularly prone to avalanches, due to the steepness of the terrain.

Hinsdale Haute Route - This yurt system lies south of Lake City in the Gunnison and Rio Grande National Forests. It provides opportunities for beginner, intermediate and advanced backcountry skiers.

San Juan Hut System - This hut system consists of five huts in the northern San Juan Mountains. Terrain includes appropriate beginner, intermediate and expert slopes.

San Juan Hut System - This route lead 206 miles from Telluride, Colorado, to Moab, Utah, through diverse and changing terrain.

Summit Hut System - This hut association maintains four backcountry cabins (and growing) in Summit County, Colorado. Reservations can be made through the Tenth Mountain Division Hut Association in Aspen.

Tenth Mountain Division Hut System - This hut system is the most popular in the state and consists of 20 backcountry cabins. The terrain surrounding these shelters is some of the highest in the state.



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