The SpacePhoenix Ridge Yurts is a wilderness lodging establishment located in one of the most spectacular settings imaginable in the beautiful San Juan Mountains near Creede Colorado. Originally established over a dozen years ago, the project went dormant for several years until recently when we fully remodeled the Cliff Yurt inside and out.
What you get when you stay with us is the feeling of being deep in the wilderness, yet having easy access and creature comforts surrounding you. You will still burn wood as your heat source and water is limited to melting snow in the winter and what you bring with you in the summer and fall. But this is a backcountry experience that you will never forget. Here is what you will experience when you stay with us:
27 acres of private land surrounded by a sea of National Forest. Not another private property or structure in sight. No regulations or restrictions from land-use permits for dwellings on Forest Service land
1,000’ vertical foot drop-off out the front door into beautiful East Willow Canyon and Phoenix Park, with its perennial waterfalls and cliffs
Front porch view of the massive La Garita mountains (13,000’ +) and the least-used wilderness area in Colorado, the La Garita Wilderness, just 5 miles away
Hiking, biking, skiing and fishing in the San Juan mountains, one of the most spectacular, undiscovered remote areas in Colorado
Just a 15-minute 4WD drive (summer/fall) to the historic and eclectic town of Creede, Colorado, yet you will feel like you have backpacked into a remote wilderness area
A spectacular one to four mile ski or snowshoe in to access the yurt during the winter, depending on how far the county plows the road. NOTE the county has been plowing to within 1 mile the last few winters, but we can't guarantee the distance. Please contact for latest information on weather and access.
And that is just the property itself. If you have never stayed in a yurt, get ready for a truly unique experience. Our yurts include:
** NEW for 2017 we have all new quality cooking utensils; non-stick pots and pans, new Cuisinart kitchen knives, new silverware and great new set of non-scratch ladle, spatula, spoons, etc. Lots of NEW games to while away the hours; chess, checkers, cribbage, Yahtzee, Monoploy, Scrabble, Uno, playing cards and more! Plus flameless candles, indoor/outdoor thermometer, Fatwood natural fire starters and a HUGE pile of firewood for the winter!
Tongue and groove pine wood flooring
Attached 12’ yurt as a bathroom with lights, composting toilet, and shower enclosure to be used with HotMan canister shower
New solar system with DC lighting and AC outlet for small electrical applications (computer etc.)
Large deck for riding the planet. The weather, the mood and the seasons seem to change here hourly. Grab a bottle of wine and wonder why you just can’t seem to muster the energy for anything else.
Huge cast iron Waterford Irish woodstove. It doesn’t matter how cold it gets, if this baby is roaring, you will be warm. We provide the firewood. NOTE you need to fully understand how to use the woodstove to keep the yurt toasty warm. We provide detailed instructions, but be sure you understand before your stay.
Kitchen sink, counters, plates, utensils, everything you need except your sleeping bag, pillow cases and towels.
Queen size futon with 1 1/2” memory foam topper. So you say you have insomnia? I don’t think so.
Extra cots for your buddies or family members (up to four in the yurt)
Plexiglas dome provides bright open light in the day and star-gazing from the futon at night
A signed Liability Release Form is required from all guests during winter months. Guest AccessEntire yurt and property. YOU MUST ARRIVE DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS!!! The yurt is not visible from the road, it is secluded and in the trees. We DO mark the trail in with bright survey tape, but it's very important to arrive during the day in the winter to be sure you find the property. Previous guests have gotten lost that tried to arrive in the dark! There is plenty of lodging in Creede and South Fork where you can stay the night before if you plan to arrive in the area after dark. Plan accordingly. Interaction with GuestsThere is no cell service or internet at the yurt. We provide all directions to the property, and instructions on how to use equipment which you should print out and bring with you. You will be left alone and have total privacy during your stay.
Sorry folks, no pets during winter months. Guests must melt snow for water, so for sanitary reasons we can't allow dogs at the yurt. PLEASE don't contact us asking if your dog can come as the answer is the same for everyone. I have two dogs myself that I take everywhere but I don't bring them to the yurt in the winter. Thank you! The NeighborhoodHow about a neighborhood of just you? During the winter chances are close to 100% that you won't see another soul anywhere during your entire stay! Nothing but peaceful, quiet serenity will surround you as you melt away the tensions from the fast-paced world of technology that most of us must embrace every day. NO CELL SERVICE at the yurt. One of the few places left where you can truly escape. Embrace it for a few days and be happy.
During the summer you may hear an occasional vehicle since there is driving access to the property, but the nearby access road is 4WD so there are typically very few vehicles anywhere nearby. And this is private property so you should not encounter anyone at the yurt itself. Yet you are less than 15 minutes from the town of Creede in case you want to take in a show at the Creede Repertory Theatre or grab a bite at one of Creede's eclectic and tasty restaurants. Getting AroundSummer access: High-clearance 4WD is REQUIRED. It is only a 4-mile drive in the summer to the yurt on county and forest service roads. But the last mile of Forest Service road is not maintained and can be pretty rough though not particularly steep (though the first 3 miles is pretty steep but usually not really rough). But 4WD and high clearance is required to access the property. Please don't contact us asking if a particular type of vehicle will make it, you need 4 wheel drive with decent clearance and decent tires. This is a backcountry experience so please don't expect to get there in your low-clearance, 2WD city vehicle!
Winter access: 4WD is required. You will drive about 8 miles on a county maintained road. Clearance is not as much of an issue in the winter as the last 1 mile that is roughest you must snowshoe or ski in. Depending upon how far the county plows this road, there is anywhere from a 1-mile to a 4-mile ski or snowshoe from where you park your car (last 3 years county has plowed to within 1 mile, check with Mark as to what the current status is). The ski or snowshoe going in is pretty easy with gentle ups and downs on the county road, but the last 1/2 mile is uphill so requires climbing skins for your skis (or herringbone up) if you are skiing and not snowshoeing.
You will be required to sign a liability waiver in during winter months. Guests must be experienced with backcountry travel and survival procedures in the winter months when weather can change hourly and be a serious threat to your safety! All guests staying must sign the waiver before being given access info to the yurt. YOU MUST PLAN TO ARRIVE BEFORE DARK for reasons described above. Other Things to NoteThere is no cleaning service or cleaning fee. This is a remote experience and guests are asked to leave the space and property as they would like to have it left for them. This includes restocking the inside firewood bin from the pile of split wood under the yurt for the next guest. You may also be required to split some your own wood and we encourage anyone looking for some extra exercise to split wood to your heart's desire!
Liability Release Form must be signed by all guests before your stay.