Operations Update 4/21/20

UPDATES 4/21/20:
  • National Forest Campfire Ban in effect: As per a 4/21 press release, no campfires will be permitted on the Coconino National Forest (and thus the Nordic Village) until June 30th or beyond.
    • This does not effect the use of the indoor wood burning stoves inside our yurts and cabins, nor does it effect the use of gas camp stoves and propane grills as long as they have some form of shut-off valve. This is to reduce the risk of wildfires, and the necessary large-scale emergency response, while COVID-19 remains a looming threat. Link here to USFS statement.
  • The Nordic Village trails are open for free summer season access and nonmotorized recreation.
    • PLEASE NOTE that the Lodge, it’s restrooms, all portable toilets, and any other Nordic Village facilities are CLOSED to public access, reserved for overnight guest use ONLY. This is for your safety and the safety of our overnight guests and employees in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. If nature calls while on our trails, please follow Leave No Trace principles and take care of it responsibly in the backcountry. To recap, you can use our parking lots as a trail head and we welcome you to do so, but PLEASE do not under any circumstances try to open any door at the Village unless you are staying overnight in one of our accommodations. If you find yourself opening a door that is not your car door, you have gone astray. 
  • AZ Governor Ducey’s recent “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order is a bit confusing to say the least, but the language of the order allows for “essential businesses,” including hotels and motels, to continue operating, so our overnight accommodations will continue to be available for rent. His order also encourages people to recreate outdoors, including “Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, or golfing…” as essential activities that are permissible during this time. So please feel free to use our trails for these essential activities! Here is the link to the order:https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/03/stay-home-stay-healthy-stay-connected
  • If you’d like to support our operations and the sustainability of our business through these challenging times, we have online e-gift cards for any amount available – which can be applied toward a future backcountry yurt booking- and yurt and cabin booking is open through October for the front country and into November for the backcountry! A quiet escape to nature might be something we all could use soon. In addition to gift cards, we also have some new stickers and apparel now for sale online!

COVID-19 Response at the Arizona Nordic Village

The Arizona Nordic Village is taking the threat of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, seriously. We are applying a vigorous cleaning and sanitizing regime to keep our restrooms and lodge area clean, and to make sure our overnight accommodations are safe and clean for you on arrival. We will be responsive to local and national guidance throughout this period and beyond as to what we can safely and legally offer in terms of outdoor access on Nordic Village grounds.

Booking changes and cancellations

If you are concerned about the risk of traveling in the coming weeks, the Nordic Village is happy to work with you. We would prefer that you reschedule your trip rather than cancel your existing booking if at all possible. That helps us as a small business to continue to operate and keep our employees on payroll. Whatever you decide, we will provide a no-fee change or full refund for bookings of stays from now through the rest of the year. If you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email or call us at 928-220-0550 and we will help however we can.

For more information on how to reduce your own risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19, please refer to the CDC’s webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html