A Unique, Off-Grid, Group Lodging Experience in the Wild Backcountry of Cameron Pass
Seven Utes Yurt is Colorado Mountain School’s newest adventure basecamp, mountain lodge, and outdoor education center. After years of guiding in the remote Cameron Pass area of Colorado, Colorado Mountain School is excited to share with you the endless opportunities to play and explore the vast rugged wilderness of State Forest State Park.
This 40-foot yurt offers the perfect place to connect with each other in the outdoors.
- 360 degree mountain views
- fully stocked kitchen
- roll away beds, 16-person sleeping capacity
- solar power
- portable toilets
- wrap-around deck
- outdoor seating and table-space
- wood-burning stove
Cameron Pass, CO. A quiet 2-3 hour drive from DIA/Denver Area through beautiful Northern CO. The yurt is a friendly 5-minute hike from the road, suitable for all ages.
This is a large parking lot which is well-plowed during the winter months. The yurt is 100 meters past the lot.
- Summer: Cameron Pass is prime for camping, hiking, biking, and four-wheeling. Stand up paddleboarders and kayakers paddle on North Michigan Reservoir and wildlife lovers fish, hunt, and view wildlife.
- Winter: Storm fronts sweeping down from Wyoming blanket the pass with cold snow, making this a paradise for backcountry skiers, splitboarders, and snowshoers. Seven Utes mountain is a premier backcountry zone with bowls, chutes, and tree skiing.
CMS offers several courses, custom guiding, and group instruction from the Seven Utes Yurt to help you make the most of your stay.
Contact us to reserve the Seven Utes Yurt for your group and schedule your next adventure!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Seven Utes Yurt is laid out as a large open space with dividers for a communal area, entrance/kitchen, sleeping areas, and storage.
- There yurt sleeps up to 16 people.
- There is a large deck surrounding the yurt with plenty of space for relaxing in the sun or sleeping under the stars.
- Boots, climbing skins, and other small gear items will have plenty of places to hang and dry indoors. We ask that visitors keep skis and other large items on or below the deck in designated spots.
- The yurt is equipped with a stocked woodstove and propane heaters to keep the interior temperature comfortable.
- Benches and chairs help create a relaxing communal area for teaching and socializing.
- Light is provided by battery operated lanterns.
- The kitchen has a sink, a gas range and oven, and a full stock of utensils and dishes to aid in your meal prep.
- All water is supplied by snowmelt in the winter. In the summer, guests can bring their own water jugs with potable water and/or collect from the nearby creek and purify.
- Beds roll out into the communal space. Pillows with clean cases and fitted sheets are included. Bring your own sleeping bag (recommended summer or 3-season insulation).
- A port-o-potty is just outside and regularly maintained.
No, there is no cell coverage or wifi in the vicinity of the property. The closest option for these services is a few miles west, in Gould.
The yurt is located at the southeast corner of the Seven Utes Trailhead parking area. You’ll find this spacious lot just off CO Hwy 14, 4 miles from west from the summit of Cameron Pass, or 6 miles east from the small town of Gould, CO.
The parking lot is plowed daily, but if you’re arriving early to meet your guide, or late in the day during a snowstorm, plan to be driving through snow to your parking spot (AWD and a bit of clearance may be necessary).
It will take about two minutes to walk from your vehicle to the yurt, so bring your snowboots! We have plastic sleds available to shuttle gear from the parking lot.
DURING YOUR STAY
- While staying at the yurt, please apply the 7 principles of Leave No Trace to your stay.
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Users
- No pets allowed
- Respect the capacity of the yurt and do not add extra guests
- Strive to leave the yurt in better condition than you found it
- Please follow the check in and out guidelines, including cleaning up after your group and timing
- Quiet hours are 9pm to 7am
- No fires outside of the yurt woodstove
- No smoking in the yurt or on the deck
- Do not leave food outside, unless it’s in a secure container
- If sharing the yurt, be considerate of other groups in the kitchen and common areas
- Use the bathroom facilities for all human waste. Urinating in the snow contaminates the drinking water
AT CHECK OUT
- Please be sure that the stove door is closed and latched securely. Close the air intakes. Sweep up any wood/paper/coals from around the stove and dispose in the provided metal bucket. Do not attempt to remove coals from the stove.
- Strip bedding and place in laundry receptacle.
- Clean any used dishes and tidy up the kitchen area.
- Sweep the floors.
- Take any of your leftover food and garbage with you.
- Close and latch all doors and windows.