Yurt camping, have you heard of this?? I have to admit before I moved to the Pacific Northwest I had never heard of yurts before! Now since we went back to Montana last year I found out that people actually buy larger ones too and live in them as well in the mountains!! Now if you haven’t been camping in a yurt before you are in for a treat! (I have included affiliate links to products I love. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.)
Now when I moved here from South Dakota to Washington it was almost like a whole new world of camping was opened up to me. You see my parents sold our pop up before moving cross country in 2002, and well they don’t tent it. They loved that they were able to find things called Yurts in the Pacific Northwest. They allow you to be go camping, stay dry, and warm all at the same time.
Now you may be like me the first time my mom said Yurt to me. I immediately thought a cabin but its not. As you can see they are kinda made out of tent material. Now as a single mom tenting is okay but it’s nice not to have to haul gear, assemble, and all that fun stuff. The kids and I had the chance this summer to meet up with my parents at a navy campground and stay in the yurt there! I hadn’t realized until talking to a girlfriend from North Carolina that yurts still are not all that common knowledge.
Where Do I Find Yurts??
Now, this may vary from place to place but most times the state parks will have Yurts for rent in the PNW. Some places though it can be as much as a hotel so be sure to shop around a lot, sometimes the budget just wins out. Smaller campgrounds are starting to have them as well so it’s fun to find new campgrounds that have them.
What Is In The Yurt?
95% of the time you will have at least one power outlet, a light, a table with 2 chairs, bunk beds, and a pull out bed. Sometime they will come with heat or a space heater. It’s fairly basic but it also provides a lot of protection from the elements, and in Washington rain is almost always a given in the forecast year round.
What Do I Bring To A Yurt?
Bedding is a crucial must bring, we do sleeping beds and blankets on the beds and no one has ever gotten too cold. Most the time the mattress is covered in a vinyl so you will want something to give a barrier to giving some warmth off. Bring along anything else that you normally would camping like paper plates, food, coolers, cooking gear, etc. Also, a space heater will help in cold months, but most will list on the site when booking if a space heater is included.
Where Do I cook?
Cooking is not allowed in the yurts. Most yurts will have a fire pit, access to a fire pit, or a picnic table right there for cooking on. I always bring along our Coleman stove and griddle for cooking on, also getting a long gas line hose makes it cheaper to bring along a large propane tank. I love to cook on fire with our dutch oven but that isn’t always feasible with the rain.
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What About Bathrooms And Showers?
You will use whatever bathrooms are available to the campground whether they are outhouses or running water. Be sure to plan ahead, we still bring our own toilet paper most the time when we head out camping. Also if its community showers don’t forget the shower shoes! Shower caddy’s are so handy for this especially with kids too!!
As with any camping makes sure you have a way to secure your belonging and also properly store food.
Have you gone camping in a Yurt? Have you gone camping this summer so far?