Attention: There is no longer a cabin at this site. It has been replaced with a Yurt.

COWPUNCHER GUARD STATION YURT, UT

Cowpuncher Yurt is located in the Dixie National Forest, 20 miles northeast of the town of Escalante in southern Utah. The yurt is situated just off the Hells Backbone Road and is accessed by road during summer and fall. When the roads are closed by snow, an 8.5 mile snowmobile ride...
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  • No garbage service is provided.
  • Water is shut off before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.
  • There is no water in the yurt.
  • Access can be difficult during wet weather and requires driving 14 miles of dirt road with some steep sections.
  • During winter months the last 8.5 miles require a snowmobile or skis.


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COWPUNCHER YURT 7 Accessible 30 Parallel
Pets Allowed
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
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Overview

Overview

Cowpuncher Yurt is located in the Dixie National Forest, 20 miles northeast of the town of Escalante in southern Utah. The yurt is situated just off the Hells Backbone Road and is accessed by road during summer and fall. When the roads are closed by snow, an 8.5 mile snowmobile ride will get you there.

Natural Features:

Cowpuncher Yurt sits in a quiet meadow secluded by pine and aspen groves next to a small trout stream. The elevation at the yurt is 8,000 feet and the adjacent pine and aspen covered slopes quickly rise up to 8,900 feet. Summer days are warm and nights are cool.

Recreation:

The yurt is surrounded by trails, including the Great Western Trail which offer abundant opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Horses may be kept in a corral just down the road. Pine Creek flows through the site offering excellent trout fishing. The scenic Hells Backbone Road is minutes away and is a popular scenic drive for both cars and OHVs.

Facilities:

At 20 feet in diameter, this yurt is comfortably furnished with two sets of bunk beds with mattresses, two cots, table and chairs, wood stove, propane stove, lanterns, pots and pans, dishes and utensils. A small deck extends the space outside with a picnic table and fire ring below. A vault toilet is located a short walk from the yurt. Firewood is provided. Horses may be kept in a corral just down the road.

Nearby Attractions:

Cowpuncher Yurt offers a cool escape from the surrounding desert landscape and is often used as a base to explore the surrounding area. The Escalante area of southern Utah offers breathtaking scenery nearly everywhere you look. Sightseeing along Road 153, Hells Backbone Road, and Utah Highway 12, a National All American Highway, is very popular. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Anasazi State Park, and the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park are all located in the area.

Booking Window
Tue Jul 29 2014 - Wed Jan 28 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri May 16 2014 Sun Nov 30 2014
Walk In Mon Dec 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Fri May 15 2015
Peak Sat May 16 2015 Mon Nov 30 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Battery Lights
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Cooking Pots
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water (Seasonal)
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Lake Access
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 16 2014 -
Nov 30 2014
YURT $45.00
Walk In Season
Dec 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
YURT $45.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
May 15 2015
YURT $45.00
Peak Season
May 16 2015 -
Nov 30 2015
YURT $45.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.99972, -111.65944
37°59'59"N, 111°39'34"W

From Highway 12 in Escalante, turn north on 300E. Drive 14 miles to the junction of Forest Roads 154 and 153. Continue on FR153 for 4.5 miles. Turn left on FR145 towards Cowpuncher and Blue Spruce Campground. Travel 0.7 miles to Cowpuncher Gate. The yurt is 0.2 miles past the gate.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

COWPUNCHER GUARD STATION YURT
P.O BOX 246
ESCALANTE  UT  84726

Phone Number:

Information:  (435)826-5499
Additional Information