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Forest Service Yurt in Mill Creek Canyon
Need an idea for a fun night out? Considering reserving and staying in the Yurt in Mill Creek Canyon, jointly managed by the Forest Service and Salt Lake County Recreation Services.

The yurt is only available in the winter (it gets disassembled at the end of the season and reassembled at the beginning of the next winter season). It holds 4-8 people and has 6 beds (bunk-bed style), and 2 spots on the floor. A wood-burning stove is available for heat (wood is provided). An outhouse is also available.

It is situated at the end of the summer road in Mill Creek Canyon. The summer road is gated and maintained for skiiers at the Maple Grove Picnic Area (about 5 miles up the canyon). From there, you ski the remaining 4.5 miles of the road to the yurt.

As with any outdoor activity, you must be prepared for the weather and particularly for winter camping.

Bring your own water and food, sleeping bags, cooking utensils, matches, garbage bags, etc (my article on camping safety will give you some more tips).

One other special treat (for dog lovers) is that up to 2 dogs can also accompany you (but only in the months of January and March). If you do bring your dog, please clean up and dispose of her waste, keep him from jumping on people or blocking the path of skiers, and don't allowg her to chase wildlife.

The cost is $50 a night (for the 2003-2004 season) and also required is a $200 (refundable) key deposit. Reservations are required and are non-refundable.

Call (801) 483-5473 for reservations, or visit Mill Creek Canyon Rules and Regulations page for more information.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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