Galena Lodge now has four yurts available for rent in the winter and (three) in the summer.
Feeling adventurous? Yurts are a rustic, yet 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. The yurts are unique places to escape and reconnect with your family and friends. No electricity. No cell service. No internet.
Three of our yurts are located on the ridge above the lodge and are accessible by a short ski or snowshoe (or hike/drive in the summer). The Miner’s yurt is located at the top of Senate Meadows on the Jenny’s Way ski trail. Absolutely no walking without snowshoes in the winter! 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 and a propane stove to enhance your yurt experience. Scroll down to the FAQ section to learn more!
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.
Tucked into the trees for privacy, Honeymoon can sleep four people on two double futons. This is one of our dog friendly yurts!
The Miner’s Yurt
Sits at the top of Senate Meadows just off of the Jenny’s Way Nordic Trail. This yurt sleeps up to 8 people. It has 2 double futon couches and 4 single beds (2 of these are top bunks). This is one of our dog friendly yurts!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Get To The Yurt?
In the winter 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 15-30 minute snowshoe or a 30-60 minute Nordic Ski. These yurts are about 1 mile from the lodge but it is an uphill start to gain the ridge that the yurts sit on. The Miner’s Yurt is about a 30-40 minute Nordic ski (flatter but still uphill) or a 60 min snowshoe. We do provide one pull behind sled for each yurt rental. For an additional fee, snowmobile service can be provided for hauling gear. Be sure to inquire for more details when you make your reservation since advance notice will be required.
In the summer you can drive, bike or walk to the yurts. You just need a higher clearance vehicle. The Miner’s Yurt is the easiest yurt to drive to in the summer.
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.
In the Winter 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 $18/day.
In the Summer, all the summer trails are free to use. If you need a bike rental, lesson, or a tune up your bike, head on down to the lodge and we will get you taken care of.
What Do I Need to Bring?
You will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, change of clothes, flashlight, food and personal items. In the winter snow can be melted for water and in the summer season you can pick up jugs of water down at Galena. 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?
In the winter, Galena Lodge provides one pull 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.
In the summer, you are able to drive a higher clearance (SUV, Outback, Etc) to the yurts and can haul in your own stuff, don’t forget the water. We are also available to haul in your gear in our truck for $50 round trip. Then you can walk or bike to the yurt!
What Do I Eat At the Yurt? And Yurt Menu
What do I eat at the yurts? Most people bring their own food and enjoy cooking meals with their family and friends. In the winter, others join us at the lodge for Full Moon or Winter Dinners. In the summer we have our Thursday Night Wagon Ride BBQ’s.
Just remember that Galena is NOT open every night for dinner.
In the winter, we also offers a gourmet yurt menu that we can deliver right to your yurt door! Prior arrangement (24 hours in advance) must be made for this menu and delivery. Sorry, this is not available in the summer.
Be sure to inquire when you make your reservation since advance notice will be required. Sorry, we don’t provide yurt dinners in the summer but you can drive up to the yurts in the summer so pack some food and head on up!
Galena is open 9am to 5pm in the winter. Lunch daily 11:00-3:30 baked goods and breakfast sandwiches available daily at 9am.
Galena is open 9am to 4pm in the summer. Lunch Mon-Friday 11:00-3:30 (baked goods and breakfast sandwiches available daily at 9am) and Breakfast and Lunch on Sundays 9am to 3:30.
Where Do I Poop?
Communal outhouses are located near each yurt. Toilet paper is provided.
How Do I Reserve A Yurt?
Book Online!! Click on the yurt you are interested in to book online. Then click on the calendar and the open dates will appear. Yurts must be paid for in full in order to reserve the yurt. Please call the lodge at 208-726-4010 or EMAIL us to if you have any questions.
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.
Please inquire about off site booking options as we know of a few house rentals available just over the Galena pass.
Can I Bring My Dog?
In the Winter: Dogs are allowed at the Honeymoon and Miner’s Yurts only. Please respect this rule and leave fido at home if you are staying at one of the other yurts or make sure you book a yurt where you can bring the dog with you. Remember to always pick up after your dog! When accessing any of the dog friendly yurt you will need to snowshoe with your dog to the yurt as all the yurts sit on Nordic trails at are closed to dogs.
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.