Frequently Asked Questions – Yurts

What is your cancelation policy? 

Because Enchanted Forest has a limited number of yurts and each yurt stay requires special planning, Enchanted Forest has a strict “no refund” policy for yurt rentals. No refunds will be given for early departures, bad weather before or during your stay, drought, snow conditions, getting lost or failure to reach the yurt, or any other circumstances over which Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area has no control.

Cancellations made over three (3) weeks prior to reserved date may transfer to any available date in the same “season” (winter goes to March 31, summer to the Thanksgiving Holiday). Alternatively, you may receive a refund equal to 50% of the original cost. Cancellations made within the final three weeks receive no recompense.

It does not matter why you need to cancel your reservation: No reservations carry over to other seasons.

IF YOU NEED TO RESCHEDULE YOUR STAY, DO NOT REBOOK THROUGH THE SITE. Call us at 575-754-6112, 575-770-2430 or email [email protected] and we will assist you in rescheduling your reservation. Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area reserves the right to make the final call.

Customers will receive a full refund or credit in case of OPERATOR CANCELLATION due to unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.

Is it hard to get to the yurts? 

The trail out to the Midway Yurt (summer only) and Little John Yurt is relatively easy; however it is also around 9,800 feet above sea level. The Long John Yurt is more difficult, as it climbs to over 10,000 feet and it is further out. That yurt also offers the greatest reward for your efforts! Is is near the view Enchanted Forest founder John Miller named the “pièce de résistance”, with views of the Moreno Valley, Touch-Me-Not, Baldy, the Wheeler Peak Wilderness, the Upper Red River Valley, Valley of the Pines, Gold Hill and Red River Ski Area.

How do I get to the yurts

There are “To the yurts” signs along the way, as well as red/white “flagging” along the path to the yurts. DO NOT head up Forest Road 488 (the road labeled “Backcountry”). It will not get you to the yurts!

Are dogs allowed? 

During the winter, when trails are groomed for skiing, dogs are not allowed on the trails or in the yurts. (We do have dog-friendly trails for skiing and snowshoeing.) In spring, summer and fall, dogs are allowed on the trails and in the yurts.

Do you provide firewood? 

Yes.

What else do you provide? 

  • Yurt Instructions
  • Beds
  • Wood stove, fire starter and firewood
  • Gas Lantern (and propane)
  • Gas cook stove (and propane)
  • Cooler
  • Water (15-30 gallons in summer; 7-14 gallons in winter with the $50 gear delivery)
  • Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Pure-Castile Liquid (Biodegradable) Soap for daily hygiene and washing dishes
  • Dish Scrub Brush with Built-in Scraper, Dishpans and Steramine Quaternary Sanitizing Tablets for washing dishes
  • Nylon Mesh Strainer for cooking and washing dishes
  • Pots and pans
  • Cooking utensils
  • Spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes)
  • Paper plates, bowls cups and paper towels (Please burn after use – adds heat & reduces trash)
  • Wood cutlery (also burnable)
  • Washable plates, bowls, cups and cutlery
  • Cutting board and knives
  • Melitta filter cone, carafe and filters for use with ground coffee
  • Trash bags (please pack out your trash)
  • Table and chairs (indoor)
  • Picnic Table (outdoor)
  • Outdoor Fire Pit (Please use sticks and logs from around yurt, not the firewood for the stove.)
  • Porta-potty (outside)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Dog bed (summer only)
  • Games and cards
  • Books
  • Paper
  • Colored Pencils and Sharpener
  • Star Chart
  • Other items previous guests may have left.

What do I need to bring? 

If you plan to haul your own gear, it is better to pack more closely to backpacking. please do not pack for “car camping”, unless you plan to pay for gear delivery. Things you may need to bring to make your stay comfortable:

  • Bring a cell phone: There is typically service at the yurts and they are very helpful in an emergency and to brag to friends (Hey, guess where I am!)
  • Hiking boots or trail-running shoes
  • Backpack(s) for gear
  • Trekking poles in summer (optional, but very helpful for the knees)
  • Sleeping bags (20º or colder rating
    HIGHLY recommended)
  • Pillows
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock and SPF lip protection
  • Toiletries (toothbrush and toothpaste; wipes; menstrual products)
  • Trail map (available at the base lodge in winter; emailed summer and winter)
  • Flashlight or headlamp, plus extra batteries (You will need this for midnight excursions to the outhouse)
  • Water bottle(s)
  • All your food and drinks
  • Knife or multi-tool, plus a gear repair kit (if you have an air mattress, for example)
  • High altitude appropriate clothing. This may include:
    • Hats, gloves or mittens,
    • long underwear,
    • wool or synthetic socks,
    • insulated over pants and jacket/coat,
    • wicking shirts, fleece or sweater.
  • It is very important you wear layers of clothing. Wear wicking layers against skin, followed by a thin to thick insulation layer and a water-resistant breathable outer layer. This way you can take off and put on as needed. It is better to start warm than to try and get warm, and you can’t put it on if you left it at the trailhead. Bring extra clothing even if you don’t think you’ll need it, weather can change rapidly in the mountains. (A note on cotton: While cotton can be cool and comfortable in summer, in chilly/wet weather it can be disastrous. Once wet it stays wet and, unlike other materials, it is not good for wicking moisture away from your body.)

Optional items:

  • Day pack(s) for trips from yurt
  • Compass (helpful for properly orienting to the map)
  • GPS device
  • Sun hat
  • Slippers
  • Prescription medications
  • Prescription glasses
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Insect repellent (summer)
  • Camera (or phone camera)
  • Interpretive field guide(s)
  • Outdoor journal with pen/pencil
  • Book/reading material
  • Compact binoculars
  • Two-way radios
  • An emergency whistle (it’s louder than yelling for help)
  • Solar charger (Optional, but batteries drain
    quickly at altitude)

Food Checklist:

Instant backpacker meals are light and convenient, but you can also buy things like the following:

  • Pasta, powdered potatoes, couscous, or other quick-cooking carbs
  • Powdered pasta sauces.
  • Optional cheese or salami to make pasta more exciting
  • Oatmeal
  • Powdered milk and chocolate milk.
  • Snicker’s, Lara bars (vegan) or your favorite
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Ziplock bags to portion out each meal (cans are heavy and you have to pack out the containers with you when you’re done)

Do I need gear delivery? 

That depends. Enchanted forest provides a “gear pulk” that glides along behind you makes transporting all that extra gear much easier; however, you should still pack as if this were a backpacking trip, not a car-camping expedition. Some folks like the convenience and ease of having all their gear hauled out for them, as packing for lightness is no longer a concern. With gear delivery, all your gear must fit in the back of a Polaris Ranger (approx. 36 x 54 x 11 inches). An additional $50 will be charged if your gear does not safely fit in one trip and requires multiple trips. Last minute gear deliveries will not be accepted.