Carter Military Trail Yurt

Area Status: Open
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The Carter Military Trail Yurt provides primitive lodging during summer and fall months, and during the winter, it is open to the public as a warming station for snowmobilers. It is located on the Ashley National Forest at roughly 9,800 feet in elevation. It is approximately 25 air miles northwest of Vernal, Utah, and is situated near the historic Carter Military Trail and the Highline Trail. 

The yurt can be accessed by vehicle, from Vernal, Utah. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities. 
Natural Features:
The yurt is situated on a scenic plateau, high in the Uinta Moutains of northeastern Utah. A mixed pine forest covers the area, offering limited shade. Wildlife and summer wildflowers are abundant. 

The Red Cloud Loop Scenic Backway is nearby, meandering through miles of aspen groves, open meadows and lodgepole pine forests. Petroglyphs and historic sites dot the area.

The yurt provides access to numerous hiking, biking and off-road vehicle trails, including the Carter Military Trail and the Highline Trail. The Carter Military Trail served as a military supply road from the legendary Oregon Trail in southwestern Wyoming, over the Uinta Mountains and to the Uinta Basin. The route winds up and down hills, through marshes and disappears in some spots, but it remains a significant trail due to its historic and archaeological culture. 

Many lakes and reservoirs in the area are open to canoeing and fishing.

The yurt is approximately 224 square-feet (less than 16 feet in diameter) and has limited amenities. Indoor plumbing, running water and electricity are not available. It can accommodate up to six people for overnight visits. Parking is available for a maximum of one RV/camp trailer and two vehicles. Tent camping is allowed outside the yurt. 

The yurt has one, double-bunk bed with mattresses, that will sleep four people. No linens, bedding or pillows are provided. 

The yurt is equipped with a heavy-duty propane case stove for cooking, a wood burning stove for heat and a folding table and chairs. A basic assortment of pots, pans, dishes and utensils is available, but guests are encouraged to bring their own supplies. A vault toilet is located outside. 

One portable propane Coleman lantern is provided but guests must bring extra propane canisters and their own mantles. The Forest Service provides propane for the stove. The tanks are located outside, beneath the deck and guests must activate the tanks upon arrival and deactivate them upon departure. 

Nearby Attractions:
Numerous scenic driving routes on maintained dirt roads crisscross the area, providing miles of trails for off-road vehicles enthusiasts, hikers and mountain bikers. Trails lead to Long Park, Oaks Park and East Park reservoirs, Hacking Lake, Red Lake and Lily Pad Lake, as well as overlooks, forests, meadows and historic sites. 

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is known not only for its beautiful red cliffs, but also for 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.

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Reservations: The site can be reserved from June 1 through October 31. This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777)
Area Amenities: Toilets
Fees $50/group size of 6 people.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No animals are allowed inside the yurt 
Closest Towns: Vernal, Utah
Water: None
Restroom: Non-flushable (vault) toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: The yurt remains locked; call the Vernal Ranger District office, at (435) 789-1181, three days prior to arrival, to confirm the combination lock code  Water for drinking, cooking and cleaning is not available at the yurt; guests must bring their own supply  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

General Information


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

From Vernal, travel north on U.S. Highway 191 (Vernal Avenue) for approximately 20 miles. Turn west (left) on Forest Road 018. A paved parking lot with a restroom is located at this intersection, but follow Forest Road 018 for approximately 3.3 miles. Turn west (left) at Forest Road 018/Red Cloud Loop Scenic Backway and continue for approximately 12 miles. At the four way intersection continue straight toward Hacking Lake and Leidy Peak. Continue on Forest Road 043 approximately 4.7 miles. Turn north (right) at Forest Road 026 and follow it approximately 1.7 miles to the Carter Military Trail Yurt.

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This facility is approximately 224 ft. and has limited amenities. The amenities provided include a heavy-duty propane case stove for cooking, a wood burning stove for heat, an outdoor vault toilet, a folding table, and folding chairs. There is a basic assortment of pots and pans, dishes, and utensils, but bringing your own supplies is eencouraged. There is one portable propane lantern (Coleman) that requires visitors to bring extra propane bottles and mantles. The Forest Service provides propane for the camp stove. The tanks are located outside, beneath the deck, and will be turned off upon arrival. Those renting the Yurt will need to turn the propane tank on upon arrival and turn it off upon departure. There is one (double-size) bunk bed in the Yurt that will sleep four people No linens, bedding, or pillows are provided. The maximum capacity of overnight visitors in the cabin is 6 people. There is sufficient parking for a maximum of 1 RV / camp-trailer and a maximum of 2 vehicles. There is ample room for tent camping outside. The maximum capacity for overnight visitors at the Carter Military Trail Yurt complex is 6 people.


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Toilets Non-flushable toilet (vault)
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