Less than one hour from Salt Lake City and only 25 minutes from the world class ski resort town of Park City Utah sits the quiet Uinta Basecamp. Situated along a creek just off the Mirror Lake Scenic byway, the official gateway into the Uinta mountains (the highest range in the contiguous United States running east to west). Jill the host, greeted us instantly upon arrival and pointed out the hand-built Yurt's amenities and instructions. There were several trees and privacy fences to give the property a secluded feel, even though it was in a quiet dirt road neighborhood. The structure had only seen a few other visitors before us and looked brand new. There is room for 4 guests and even 2 cars but it was just the 2 of us with plenty of room to relax. The electricity was all solar, running water was from a 5 gallon jug and the pit toilet was very clean and convenient and even had a heater installed. A 3 burner gas stove and cast iron cook ware made this even better for preparing meals. Along with the mini-style fridge and off the grid heater, we were very self-sufficient.
The Samak Smokehouse is the closest business around a mere 5 minutes down the road and open year round for groceries, lunch and camping amenities. A couple hundred yards down the road is a natural spring for gathering ice cold water for your adventures and another hundred yards down from there we found a local neighbor that offered onsite fresh eggs for $3 a dozen. Within 10 minutes of driving along the Provo River we had come to the end of the plowed road and had to park at the trailhead of Winter travel. From here the options are snow shoeing, cross country skiing, fat biking and snowmobiling until the Summer months. In the Summer you can take the hiway 150 all the way into Wyoming with over 600 lakes in all, the Uintas are an outdoorsman's dream.