UT 148 Closed
Utah Highway 148, the main road through Cedar Breaks National Monument, is closed for the winter season. The route is groomed as a snowmobile trail until mid-March.
Winter Ranger Station Construction
The Yurt was constructed in the late fall of 2007. It took a four-person crew three days to fully assemble it. The Yurt is 20 feet in diameter and approximately 10 feet tall from platform to dome. It is a carefully constructed balance between compression and tension. The dome's compression ring must withstand the pressure of the rafters, which radiate outwards to the sides. There, the rafters connect to a stainless steel cable that is stretched taut around the entire circumference of The Yurt. The cable is supported by the lattice framework and doorjamb of the sides, which are in turn supported by a circular platform. Every component of The Yurt was designed to render it well-insulated and protected from the elements. The result is a cool and airy Yurt in the summer, and a warm and cozy Yurt in the winter.
Did You Know?
Cedar Breaks National Monument can get over 15 feet of snow during the winter months. Although most visitor facilities are closed during this time, the Monument is open to travel via cross-country skis, snowshoes and snowmobiles. Volunteers also staff a yurt to warm winter visitors. More...