Mere birthright alone doth not a Utahn create. What makes a true local? We say it is not the number of years you've lived within Zion's borders, but rather the zeal with which you explore all our state has to offer. If you're new, or if you're questioning your right to citizenship, we're here to help, with this refresher course. Every other week, we'll bring you a quintessential Utah-to-do experience. Check back for another to check off your list.

You can opt for a cold, cramped tent for winter camping, or go for luxury—well, as luxury as you can get high in the Uinta Mountains.

“Unlike a tent, a yurt possesses most of the creature comforts we all look forward to after a day of ski touring,” says Hank Keil, programs manager for White Pine Touring in Park City. Yurts are round, tight-knit canvas structures, capable of withstanding extreme weather for outdoor adventurers. 

The Castle Peak Yurt, managed by White Pine, is set at 10,000 feet, about six miles up Upper Setting Road in the Uintas. Trips to the yurt are self guided, but White Pine does offer porter service on snowmobiles for $100 per run. It takes four to six hours to snowshoe or ski to the yurt, so saving daylight by leaving early is the number one rule.

Once you’ve made the journey, you can ski tour, cross-country ski or snowshoe the backcountry during the day and enjoy the brilliant stars at night. Amenities include eight bunks, a wood-fire sauna, an outhouse and LED lights, plus a propane stove, a wood-burning stove, a barbeque grill, pots and pans, flatware and utensils and a table. 

Call White Pine Touring for more information at 888-649-8710.

Click here for info on other local yurts.

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