Oregon has some of the finest camp grounds in the world. With magnificent forest land, mountains and beaches as a backdrop to your camping experience, the landscape is perfect for spending the night under the stars. Oregon coast camping, in particular, offers secluded forests mixed with magnificent ocean views.
Many campgrounds are available year ‘round, and a few close during the winter months. One aspect of why our campgrounds are so good is that many of them have the option for you to rent a yurt. What is a yurt, you say? Well! Let me show you!
A Different Way to Camp
Yurts are awesome. You get to ‘go camping’ without the messy business of pitching a tent, figuring out just where to place your tent, and let’s not forget trying to set up camp in the rain. Of which Oregon tends to have its fair share. Some yurts even come complete with electricity and heating!
For those who are unfamiliar, yurts are small wooden and fabric structures, typically round, with a cone-like roof that often has a plexiglass window at the tippy top to let the sunlight in. Many yurts come with porches in the front. So its just like having your own private tiny house in the woods, near the beach, or wherever you may be camping. They generally can accommodate anywhere from two to six people comfortably.
A little side note for you historians. Traditional yurts originated from the nomadic people of Mongolia. In Mongolia they are called gers, and have been around for thousands of years (think Attila the Hun.) Yurts in this part of the world were made from animal skins…so they were portable.
The English adopted the word ‘yurt’ from the Turkish language, which refers to the concept of residence, or dormitory. In fact, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to include yurts as a camping option, in 1993.
The convenience of yurt camping
The yurts I have stayed in had a bunk bed, with another single or double bed. But there are various configurations you can choose from, depending how many in your party, and which campgrounds you’re considering. Never contend with the cold or rainy weather while trying to get a good nights’ sleep again! For just a few bucks more than a traditional camp site, yurts provide shelter, privacy, and some even have heaters! (But no air conditioning, Oregon doesn’t really need that.)
Here are some resources to check out when planning your Oregon yurt vacation:
A map of all campgrounds in Oregon containing yurts for rent. For convenience, the Oregon Parks Dept. has set up an online reservations system where you can pick your site, and in many cases, see a photo of the yurt you are about to rent.
The Oregon Parks Dept. has provided a concise webpage that lists all of the campgrounds that accept pets in their yurts and cabins. It includes ADA accessible information as well.
A nice concise list of the more popular campgrounds in Oregon with yurts, with snapshots of each area. Contains links for more information and where to book your chosen site.
Some Things to Consider:
- Yurts are just like camping, only without needing a tent! You still need to pack everything else you would normally take on a camping trip. A yurt only provides rudimentary beds (BYO bedding), a table and chairs, and a roof over your head. Most yurts in Oregon have heat.
- A handful of camp grounds have yurts with their own bathrooms! But be prepared to pay more. Otherwise, most Oregon campgrounds have modern centralized bathroom facilities with showers.
- In most cases you will have to coordinate with the camp manager to obtain keys to your yurt. Check-in is generally 4pm and check-out is 1pm.
- Plan ahead! The vast majority of yurts are snapped up weeks to months in advance. The early bird catches the….uh….yurt.
- Firewood is readily available at and around most campgrounds for about 5 bucks a bundle. But be sure to bring other stuff like matches, firestarters and kindling. If you need to get these things in the nearest town, you usually pay a premium.
- Most yurts (as well as most campsites) have a rudimentary grill (you supply the charcoal). So bring your meats and/or veggie kababs!!
- You can even find pet-friendly yurts! Just be sure to carefully read the terms and conditions when reserving your yurt. Fines can be levied if your pet (or you) causes any damage. Go here find them. ADA yurts are also available!