Greater Wood River Valley

Galena Lodge Yurts

Feeling adventurous? Yurts are rustic, yet a modern adaptation of ancient shelters used by Central Asian nomads for many centuries. Think of a yurt as an elevated Mongolian teepee.

Our yurts are strong, warm (when there is a fire going), and weather tight. Their efficient design provides a secure and comfortable dwelling in a natural setting with easy access to all the activities you will enjoy during your stay at Galena.

Our yurts are unique places to escape and reconnect with your family and friends. No electricity. No laptops. No cell phones.

Galena Lodge now has four yurts available for rent in the winter in the summer.

The below yurts are located on the ridge above the lodge and are accessible by a short ski or snowshoe (or hike or drive in the summer). Absolutely no walking without snowshoes in the winter!

  • Senate View Yurt Overlooking Senate Meadows, located at the southern end of the ridge, near Star’s Perch, and closest to the Lodge and the sledding hill. Senate View sleeps eight people. There are two bunkbeds with double futon couches on the bottom, single beds on top and a double futon couch.
  • Star’s Perch Yurt Nestled in the lodgepole pine forest and located between Senate View & Honeymoon, Star’s Perch sleeps eight people on three bunk beds, two with a double futon couch on the bottom and single beds on top.
  • Honeymoon Yurt Tucked into the trees for privacy, Honeymoon can sleep four people on two double futons. This is our dog friendly yurt!
  • The Miner’s Yurt will sit at the top of Senate Meadows just off of the Jenny’s Way Nordic Trail. This brand new yurt will sleep up to 8 people.
  • There is now a wood fired sauna right next to the Star’s Perch Yurt. This sauna is open to all yurt users regardless of which yurt you are staying in. The sauna takes about 45 minutes to heat up and is a great way to unwind after a day of play. You may want a bathing suit and don’t forget to bring a towel!

All yurts are outfitted with solar lighting to enhance your yurt experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Get To The Yurt?
Our yurts can only be accessed through human power (skiing or snowshoeing, no walking!). From the Lodge, the Senate View, Star’s Perch and Honeymoon yurts are about a 15-20 minute snowshoe or a 30-40 minute Nordic Ski. The new Miner’s Yurt is about a 30 minute Nordic ski (flatter but still uphill). We do provide one pull behind sled for each yurt rental. For an additional fee, snowmobile service can be provided for hauling gear or those with limited mobility. Be sure to inquire for more details when you make your reservation since advance notice will be required.

What Does Galena Lodge Provide?
Each yurt is furnished with a wood stove for heat, propane stove and fuel for cooking, solar lights (lanterns as backup), pots, pans, dishes, silverware, cups and mugs, coffee pots and percolators or filters, paper towels, toilet paper, newspaper, firewood, matches, books, games, snow shovels, and beds with foam mats. You will need to split and stock firewood from the firewood pile outside your yurt during your stay and upon departure. One yurt pull behind sled is included with your yurt rental. Snowshoe passes are included with your yurt rental but if you want to Nordic ski you must purchase a NVT trail pass for $17/day.

What Do I Need to Bring?
You will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, change of clothes, flashlight, food and personal items. Snow can be melted for water. Things you don’t need but may want, include slippers, towel/bathing suit for the sauna, and earplugs for your roommates.

How Do I Get My Gear To The Yurt?
Galena Lodge provides one pulk sled with each yurt rental in which you can haul your gear to your yurt. It’s uphill, so pack wisely (no luggage or coolers). For only $50 round trip a snowmobile with a big toboggan can be provided to haul your gear up. Be sure to inquire for more details when you make your reservation since advance notice will be required.

What Do I Eat At the Yurt? And Yurt Menu
Most people bring their own food and enjoy cooking meals with their family and friends. Others join us at the lodge for Full Moon or Winter Dinners. Just remember that Galena is NOT open every night for dinner. We also offers a gourmet yurt menu that we can deliver right to your yurt door! Prior arrangement must be made for this menu and delivery.

Yurt Dinner Menu
Be sure to inquire when you make your reservation since advance notice will be required.

Where Do I Poop?
Communal outhouses are located near each yurt. Toilet paper is provided.

How Do I Reserve A Yurt?
Consult our Calendar for more information on reserving a yurt. Yurts must be paid for in full in order to reserve the yurt. Please call the lodge at 208-726-4010 or EMAIL [email protected] us to make a reservation.

What is the cancellation policy?
Three weeks prior to your reservation for a full refund. There is no refund available within the three weeks before your reservation.

Do you have any other lodging besides yurts?
Unfortunately not. Galena Lodge is a day lodge and the only lodging available is the semi-backcountry yurts. We are more than happy to make a recommendation on nearby lodging so call if you need help finding a great place to stay.

Can I Bring My Dog?
In the Winter: Dogs are allowed at the Honeymoon Yurt only. Please respect this rule and leave fido at home if you are staying at one of the bigger yurts or make sure you book the Honeymoon yurt and bring the dog with you. Remember to always pick up after your dog!

In the Summer: We welcome dogs at all our yurts. Please remember not to leave your dog in the yurt alone during the day, it can get very hot in there if the windows are not open.

What time is check-in or out?
Check in is as early as 2pm and check out is by 11am. Please respect these times to allow us to have a chance to check on the yurts in between guests.

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