Ever had one of those weeks where you felt like checking out of normal life for a couple of days? If you’ve ever thought “Make the World Go Away” should be your theme song, there’s a place where you can escape pressures and commitments—and come away refreshed by the simple beauty of nature.No, it’s not a luxury spa, where you might be pampered with hot Vischy showers and cool massage therapies—but surrounded by a bevy of equally stressed and anxious clients.
|Entrance to Blue Sky Ranch, 20 minutes from Park City|
If you truly want to get away for awhile, go to Blue Sky Ranch near the mountain resort of ParkCity, Utah and stay in the 24-foot diameter Antelope Yurt on this 3,500-acre working ranch. Located high on a remote hill, the tent-like yurt has views of mountains and meadows that extend for miles in some of the most stunning landscapes around.
|Antelope Yurt is made of canvas in the typical circular shape.|
The central roof ring was durable, made of wood, and often passed down for generations. This “crown” or opening allowed a connection with the outside world. Roof poles hooked into the crown and lashed onto the criss-cross lattice walls, which gave the structure shape. For these nomads, the yurt was one of the eternal circles of their lives.
|The center crown at Antelope Yurt lets light and the outside world in.|
|Sleeping accommodations were quite comfortable in the yurt.|
|The yurt was actually quite spacious.|
Yes, there were some rustic features: Bathroom was an outhouse, there was no running water (so no shower), cooking was done on the outside grill, and there was no refrigeration (like camping). On the plus side: We did have solar power for lights and outlets for charging electronics. The bed was comfortable, especially snuggling under cozy blankets. Hiking trails and scenery in the area were beautiful, and the solitude was refreshing.While this mountain retreat is a great way to “make the world go away” and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul, you don’t have to be isolated during your stay. There are a variety of activities at Blue Sky Ranch (also open to the public) that will get you close to nature while in the company of other adventurers.
You can go
horseback riding (which we did), trap shooting, mountain biking, fly fishing, and
hiking. The ranch has a signature program called “Cowboy for a Day” during
which participants learn basic horsemanship and help move cows to pasture. Corporate and team-building activities as
well as family events like reunions and weddings are popular at the on-site Tavern,
an original 1800s cabin located in an open meadow surrounded by woods and mountains.
|Scenery on one of our hikes on the ranch.|
|We rode horses to the Tavern; then sat on the porch while|
eating lunch. What a great spot to enjoy the ranch's scenery.
The High West Distillery on property is almost complete and will be opened in November. For visitors who prefer more standard accommodations than the yurt, a hotel and event center are in early construction stages. Plans are to develop Blue Sky Ranch into a complete destination offering guests a true mountain experience in both summer and winter.
|There are many trails to ride horses or mountain bike at |
Blue Sky Ranch.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier
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