Winter Ranger Station Construction

Winter Ranger Station (Yurt) 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.

 
Volunteer employee assembling wooden parts of the yurt foundation.
The first step of construction is building the platform of The Yurt.  Here workers assemble the octagonal framework that will support the platform.

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Base of the yurt, built and leveled with equipment scattered around.
Once the framework is carefully raised and leveled, the floor is built on top. The platform is insulated and resistant to weathering and moisture. 

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Workers setting up the yurts wooden lattice frame.
The seven-foot-tall sides of The Yurt are a wooden lattice frame.  Workers first set the lattice up in the center of the platform, then expand it towards the edges.

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Yurts assembled lattice framework and door.
Once the lattice framework is in place, a sturdy and well-insulated door is added. 

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Volunteer measuring the yurts dome on the roof.
The conical roof of The Yurt is constructed with a framework of wooden rafters that radiate outwards from a central compression ring.  The compression ring will eventually contain a transparent dome to let in the light and warmth of the sun. 

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The exposed wooden framework of the yurt.
The wooden bones of The Yurt are laid bare until a worker unrolls the heavy vinyl roof covering.

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Volunteers putting the vinyl roof covering over the yurts wooden framework.
The vinyl covering of the roof is heavier than the vinyl on the sides.  However, both coverings are insulated against extreme temperatures and are protected from UV radiation.

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The yurt fully assembled with vinyl roof and walls.
A fully assembled yurt complete with insulated vinyl coverings, zippered windows with insect screens, and transparent dome.

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Volunteer lighting wood-stove inside the yurt, with sleeping baby in the background.
A peek inside The Yurt reveals a cozy hideaway perfect for warming up in the winter months.

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Mailing Address:

Cedar Breaks National Monument: Administrative Office
2390 West Highway 56
Suite #11

Cedar City, UT 84720

Phone:

(435) 586-9451 x4420
The number above will contact our Administrative office in Cedar City. You can contact the monument directly, from mid June - mid October, by calling (435) 586-0787.

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