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part ofAshley National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Sun May 31 2015   Season Dates


Limber Flag Yurt is located in the Ashley National Forest, approximately 20 air miles north of Vernal, in eastern Utah. It provides year-round primitive lodging for guests. The yurt is open for reservations all months except November, April and May. Hiking, off-roading, skiing and snowshoeing are the area's most popular activities.

Natural Features:

The yurt is situated at the edge of a clearing, at an elevation of 9,000 feet. Pines and aspens surround the clearing and offer some shade. From the deck, guests are awarded beautiful views toward Vernal, off in the distance. Wildlife and summer wildflowers are abundant.


In summer months, numerous hiking, biking and off-road trails crisscross the area. In winter months, endless cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails are right out the door.


The yurt is approximately 314 square-feet (less than 20 feet in diameter) and has limited amenities. No plumbing, running water or electricity is provided. The maximum capacity of overnight guests at the yurt complex is ten people. Tent camping is allowed outside.

Two double bunk beds with mattresses are provided, to sleep up to eight people. No linens, bedding or pillows are provided. The yurt is equipped with a heavy-duty propane camp stove for cooking, a wood-burning stove for heat, a folding table and chairs. A basic assortment of pots, pans, dishes and utensils is provided, but guests are encouraged to bring their own supplies.

A portable propane Coleman lantern is supplied but guests must bring extra propane bottles and mantles. The Forest Service provides propane for the cook stove and wood for the wood stove. A vault toilet is located outside the yurt.

Nearby Attractions:

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is known not only for its beautiful red cliffs, but also for its world-class fishing for lake, brown and rainbow trout. Boating, water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and scuba diving are popular activities on the reservoir, which can be accessed within 25 miles of the yurt.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Mattress(es)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Propane
  • Propane Stove
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • It takes approximately two hours to ski to the yurt in the winter; the trail is somewhat difficult with sections winding through trees and a couple of hill climbs exceeding a 10 percent slope
  • Call the District Office at (435) 789-1181 three days prior to a reserved visit to confirm door lock combination
  • No water is available at the yurt; guests must bring their own supply
  • A high-clearance vehicle equipped with four-wheel drive is required to access the yurt
  • Road access is not suitable for RV or travel trailers; therefore, no RV or travel trailers are allowed
  • From approximately Dec. 1 to April 1, non-motorized travel (cross-country skiing or snowshoeing) is required to access the yurt; snowmobiles are not allowed on the trail
  • Off-road vehicles are allowed only on authorized roads, trails and routes as identified on the Ashley National Forest Vernal Ranger District Travel Map
  • No animals or pets are allowed inside the yurt
  • Click here for more information on the Ashley National Forest, or call (435) 789-1181
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.74417, -109.44167
40°44'39"N, 109°26'30"W

Follow the mileage indications below and look for signs on the ground when traveling to Limber Flag Yurt. Leave with plenty of time to arrive at the yurt before dark.

Summer directions from Vernal, travel north on U.S. Highway 191/Vernal Avenue for approximately 24.4 miles, to the Diamond Mountain turnoff. Turn right (east) onto the Diamond Mountain Road/Forest Road 048 and continue approximately 2.3 miles. Turn left (north) onto Potholes Road/Forest Road 255 and travel about 1.6 miles. Turn left (northwest) and follow Forest Road 254 for approximately 1.5 miles. Forest Road 254 will merge into the winter ski trail. Follow the blue diamond markers along the trail and turn right (east) after about 150 yards. The road will curve to a clearing, where the yurt will be visible within 100 yards.

Winter travel, from Vernal, travel north on U.S. Highway 191/Vernal Avenue for approximately 24.6 miles to the Limber Flag Yurt Trailhead. Turn right onto the paved rest area along the highway. Hike, ski or snowshoe on Forest Trail 1170, following the blue diamond markers about 3 miles to the yurt.

UTM = 631565E, 4511541N

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

355 N Vernal Ave
VERNAL  UT  84078

Phone Number:

Information:  (435)740-4918
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