Limber Flag Yurt

Ashley National Forest

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, fishing, hunting, skiing, and snowshoeing are the area's most popular activities. There is great opportunity for wildife viewing, photography practice, and exploring all that the Ashley National Forest has to offer.

Call the District Office at (435) 789-1181 three business days prior to a reserved visit to confirm door lock combination. District Office is closed Saturday and Sunday. Lock combination is REQUIRED to enter yurt.

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 (8) people. Tent camping is allowed outside.

Two bunk beds with full size mattresses are provided, to sleep four to eight people. No linens, bedding or pillows are provided. There is a plastic covering on the mattresses that stays with the yurt. The yurt is equipped with a heavy-duty propane camp stove for cooking, a wood-burning stove for heat, folding chairs, and a bench to store materials.

Although we try to keep a 10" skillet, a medium sized pot, a large water boiling pot, and some mugs there, it is a good idea to bring your own as needed. These ammenities go missing at the yurts occassionally. Guests must bring all personal cooking supplies.

The yurt remains locked; call the Vernal Ranger District office, at (435) 789-1181, three business days prior to arrival, to confirm the combination lock code. COMBINATION CODE REQUIRED to enter yurt. (Some combination locks used have off-set entry lines. If code is not working, try off-setting entry line).

A portable propane Coleman lantern is supplied but guests must bring propane bottles and mantles. We are working on switching all the yurts over to solar and crank powered lanterns to avoid guests having to bring propane. The Forest Service provides propane for the cook stove and wood for the wood stove. A vault toilet is located outside the yurt to the north west, about 20 yards. 

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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 south of the yurt, overlooking the pine forest, sagebrush flats, and grassy meadows. Big game, birds, and other various willdife are abundant. Beautiful wildflowers surround the area, attracting in a wide range of pollinators. 

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.

The Ashley-Karst National Geologic Recreation Area offers dramatic canyons, densely forested backcountry areas, and vast networks of caves.


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. Stop by the Ashley National Forest's front desk for maps of these trails. 

There is also great opportunity here for birding, wildlife photography, and other activities. Flaming gorge lodge, red canyon lodge, and Dutch John are just down the highway. Enjoy a warm meal before/after your stay at the yurt, or try out the fishing! There are many recreation activities around this yurt!

Contact Information


355 N Vernal Ave VERNAL UT 84078

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Driving Directions

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

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