Colorado Glamping: Never Summer North Park Yurts

This post is sponsored by Fishpeople Seafood Company. Thoughts, opinions, adventures are my own!

Y’all know I love the backcountry yurts in the Never Summer Nordic system and I’ve written about them many times. But did you know that this same yurt system ALSO has drive-up yurts that are awesome for Colorado glamping?!

Let me back up. Awhile back, Will was perusing the Never Summer Nordic Yurt system’s website, and stumbled across a separate section called the North Park Yurts. Immediately we were interested: dogs are allowed so Tally could come!

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{Dogs aren’t allowed in the backcountry yurts since you frequently melt snow for drinking water. Dog urine mixed with drinking water is not a great combination!}

We poked around and reserved a couple of them for various weekends while crossing our fingers. And as it turns out, there was no need to stress. The North Park Yurts are just as cozy as the backcountry yurts, if only a bit more spacious!

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Because they are drive-up yurts, it truly is the best method of Colorado glamping. You see, I am so not above glamping. Yes, I love carrying my gear on my back and sleeping in tiny, ultralight tents, but there are some weekends that simply call for a spacious yurt, a cozy bed, and a car full of perishable food that you cart to your door in a cooler full of ice. Plus, these yurts are equidistant from amazing backcountry skiing so really, there was no downside. Dog? Check. Awesome skiing? Check. Comfy beds? Check. Adult beverages? Double check. Tasty food and snacks? All the checks. 

The food really is a highlight of glamping for us. Typically, we assign one meal to a group of three people and they are responsible for the planning, purchasing and cooking of this meal. The benefit is that this method means everyone is only responsible for a single meal during the entire weekend. Not only is it cheaper and less stress, but it also means you typically get amazing meals because people put lots of thought into them.

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The one meal this technique doesn’t apply to is our lunch on Saturday. Typically, we are out ski touring or hiking all day, so we like to have a quick, warm and tasty meal to prepare when we get back to our yurts. For Will and me, this past weekend’s lunch included meals by Fishpeople Seafood.

If you’re into glamping yet not-quite-ready to plunge into backpacking, Fishpeople’s food is perfect. Each package is individually portioned but it is not dehydrated. Instead, you quasi-poach the meals by chucking the entire bag into a boiling pot of water for a few minutes. Once you remove it, the food is ready to eat.

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Near as I can tell, all of the available meals involve seafood. The cool part is that all of the seafood is wild caught in American waters and only includes sustainable species. You can even trace your fish by entering a code into the website that will connect you with the people behind your particular meal.

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For lunch on Saturday, I inhaled a large portion of the Albacore Tuna in Thai Coconut Lemongrass. As you can imagine from that really long title, it was good! I even gave Tals a few scraps of the tuna to share; she sure didn’t mind. {She was famished after her morning run-in with an elk, but that’s a story of another day!}

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We wrapped up the rest of our glamping weekend, sharing boxed wine and s’mores by the fire and laughing about our stories from our ski adventures that day. Is glamping as “hardcore” as ultralight backpacking? Definitely not. But it sure has a permanent position in the Rochfort family’s lineup of summer adventures.

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8 Comments

  • Reply Joan May 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Haven’t read anything about your wonderful dog for some time. Is she alright? Do you still take her with you as much as before? Miss seeing her pics as she resembles my own Gypsy (part German Shepherd part Lab mix) that I had for 17 years. She was with me on many treks in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. There was no better adventuring companion. Hence, seeing your own dear girl warms my heart. Gypsy has been gone for a few years now, but memories of her are ever close.

    • Reply heather May 26, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Hey Joan! Yup, good ol’ Tals is still around 🙂 She is getting a lot older– almost 10– so she can’t come on quite as many adventures as she used to due to early arthritis stuff in her hips, but we still bring her as often as possible. These days, she is more for the glamping/day hikes/very easy backpacking trips than the long haul stuff 😉 She was on this past weekend’s trip to the yurts but I guess I didn’t include any photos! I’ll make sure to include some of her more often so she can say hi to everyone!

  • Reply Chrissa - Physical Kitchness May 26, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Glamping?! Have I been living under a rock because I’ve never heard of this term. SO FUN! I love this. I grew up ‘glamping’ in my grandparents pimped out motorhome 😉 The ease of these fish packet dinners is amazing!

  • Reply Alisa Fleming May 26, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Ooh, I love the fishpeople – so good! I’ve not yet tried glamping, but I really need to. I would love to be more of a camper but simply cannot sleep in the cold nights, and haven’t found a way to fix that. Glamping looks like a good solution!

  • Reply Wendy May 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Now this is my kind of camping. I am not much of a camping girl, because like Alisa, I can’t do cold. This looks like a great option!

  • Reply Sandra Laflamme May 27, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    What a cool camping experience. I would love to camp in a yurt with my kids! Such a beautiful area and how great that Tally could come!

  • Reply Marylee - Wahoo Hiker May 29, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    These yurts are a great fallback solution when you’re not feeling like or it’s too cold for camping. They are a bit more luxurious way of roughing it.

  • Reply Truth Time: Aches and Injuries - Just a Colorado GalJust a Colorado Gal June 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

    […] or intense motions. Running seems to be okay now, with only minor pain afterwards. When we went on last weekend’s yurt trip, Will and Ryan skinned up to the ridgeline of a nearby mountain. I really wanted to go but that […]

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