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A yurt is shown at Stargaze Yurt in the Boise Mountains, northeast of Idaho City, Idaho. The yurts provide an easy way for snowshoers and Nordic skiers to camp in the backcountry in the winter and take in these experiences in relative comfort.

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Backcountry yurts are a winter haven

IN THE BOISE MOUNTAINS, Idaho (AP) — Daybreak’s rose-colored light glows over the snowy mountain peaks surrounding Stargaze Yurt in the Boise Mountains. It’s minus 6 outside, and the January air is so cold and clear it crystallizes and sparkles in the sunlight. Each dawn in one of the Idaho City backcountry yurts brings amazing winter experiences, like the changing colors of a rose, pink and purple sunrise in snow country, the ultimate silence of the dead of winter and fresh animal tracks in silky snow.

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