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Land of the Yurts: A World Apart

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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 7:00 am | Updated: 3:54 pm, Mon Feb 10, 2014.

Two and a half hours north of Santa Fe lies a world apart, the realm of the southern San Juan Mountains. Here, amidst dark forests of spruce and aspen, sunlit meadows and towering peaks, is a place few people visit in summer, and even fewer visit in the depths of winter, when temperatures commonly reach below zero and snow buries the frozen land.

Scattered across this beautiful landscape are four yurts owned and operated by Doug MacLennan and his company, Southwest Nordic Adventures. The yurts, round canvas-covered structures of Mongolian origin with raised wooden floors, provide skiers with secure and comfortable refuges from which to explore this winter wilderness. Several years ago, I, photographer Kitty Leaken and Santa Fe resident Steve Tanner made a foray into this icy locale, spending two nights in the company’s Grouse Creek yurt.

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