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Stay in a Yurt!

Updated on July 15, 2012

Love the Outdoors? Try a Camping Yurt!

Yurts were invented thousands of years ago by nomadic Mongols, but the circular homes are seeing a modern resurgence with campers. You can now live like a Mongol and stay in a yurt at private and state parks throughout the country.

(Image of camping yurt provided by Amazon)

What is a Yurt?

Camping yurts are a new variation on a traditional structure

Merriam-Webster describes yurts as, "a circular domed tent of skins or felt stretched over a collapsible lattice framework and used by pastoral peoples of inner Asia; also : a structure that resembles a yurt usually in size and design."

Traditional yurts are homes built by nomadic herders of Mongolia. They have a lattice-wall framework with a covering of felted wool.

The modern canvas yurt is an adaptation of the traditional structure that incorporates nontraditional elements, but keeps the traditional flavor.

Rent a Yurt!

You don't have to visit the steppes of Mongolia to sleep in a yurt.

Yurts are becoming popular as alternative camping structures. Here are a few places you can spend a night in a yurt:

Oregon State Parks

Washington State Parks

Delaware State Parks

Idaho State Parks

Kachemak Bay State Park in Alaska

Ocoee Yurt Company - Tennessee

Idaho State University

Books About Yurts

If you're thinking about buying a yurt for a vacation home or regular home, here are some books that can help you decide whether the circular life is for you.

More Unusual Hotel Options

If a yurt isn't quite exotic enough for your sleeping pleasure, you might want to consider one of these places.

Out 'n About Treehouses in Oregon will let you spend the night in one of several (pretty fancy) treehouses.

At Jules Undersea Lodge in Florida, you can sleep in an underwater hotel - if you're a certified scuba diver who can dive 21 feet underwater to reach it.

In Idaho, you can bed down in a beagle. Yes, a beagle. Dog Bark Park Inn is a hotel shaped and painted to look like a giant beagle. Just don't tell your cat where you spent the night.

Have You Stayed in a Yurt? - If you're a yurt fan, please sign the guestbook!

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    • Tobint44 LM profile image

      Tobint44 LM 5 years ago

      I would love to own a yurt for my family land. Great lens!

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      jdwheeler 5 years ago

      I saw these for the first time on DesignStar the other night. Very cool! I believe they were from the Colorado Yurt Company.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      These look fun and practical to stay in. Unlike a traditional V-Tent you can stand up in them a lot better too. Very nice.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I've always wanted to stay in a yurt. There is now a yurt lodging option near my home that will be my first adventuring in "yurting." It's in the Enchanted Forest near Red River, New Mexico. Who wouldn't want to stay in an enchanted forest? Irresistible! Thanks for all of these lodging options. That tree house lodge would be another great place to stay. I love creative living and camping spaces, especially when they bring one closer to nature.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Now this is something I never would have thought of myself. It would be a change, for sure.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting and unique content. learned new thing from your lens. thanks

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      sallemange 6 years ago

      These are now becoming popular in the UK.

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      LiquidGranite1 6 years ago

      What about home design in a yurt?! I like your lens.

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      RMKK-Marlene 6 years ago

      Not yet! Tried to convince my husband to stay in one last summer... think I'm getting closer. I think it will be a fun alternative to our traditional tent camping. Loved this lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel and added to my great camping lenses list - joined your fan club too.

      Happy Camping ~Marlene

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      fromamericateel 7 years ago

      I stayed in a 9 foot wide by 8 foot tall culvert, stood on end, with a roof exactly like these yurts. The owners called it a modified yurt. It worked, but was very cold.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens with lots of great info. Thanks for creating.

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      Demaw 7 years ago

      Many different styles of housing can exist together in a community, depending on the need.

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      Kachemak 8 years ago

      The yurts in Kachemak Bay State park are made at Nomad Shelter in Homer, Alaska. They can be found online at

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      Well, seen them and did not know they were called a Yurt. Learn something new. Five stars and a favor.

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      GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

      I hadn't heard of them before. But, I got to tell you that now I would really like to stay in a yurt just to say I did. Thanks for a great read.

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      Deb Kingsbury 9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      My husband really wants a yurt to use as an art studio. So this is a great resource to stumble upon as we search for the right yurt and a good price. Thank you for the information!

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      ngio64 9 years ago

      I have loved the idea of a Yurt for years. Good lens. I will check out your links!

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      As Eelkat mentioned, our town won't allow us to have them, but we were forced to live in the back of a pick-up once when Eelkat was just two years old!

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      EelKat13 9 years ago

      I lived in a tipi a while back, more recently I lived in a shelter made out of a tarp and some cinder blocks. I'd like to live in a yurt, but the town says yurts are illegal here :(

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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      I am hoping to find a yurt for my next vacation - just need to find the right one! Your lens really helped with resources. I will check out tree houses too.

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      WesJefferson 9 years ago

      My crazy uncle had one of these things. He was just an old hippy and we never went out to visit him. However, he dragged us out there one day and we absolutely loved it. It was way back in the woods and he could set it up and take it down very quickly. Great lens!

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      Linda Hoxie 9 years ago from Idaho

      Hi, Yurts, what a inexpensive way to experience the coast, my nephew stayed in one and they loved it! I would like to invite you to join my group called "Exploring Oregon". You can look at the group there, and if interested. :-) I'm inviting lens' of quality, and I like yours, you did a wonderful job! Linda

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      hesika 9 years ago

      No, I did not stayed in a Yurt, but it is an experience, what I have in my "to-do-list" for this life as well as staying in a tipi.

      The nomade tribes, who lived in Yurts or other tents are the devoloper of the forefathers of our famous Hereke Silk Carpets - the kilims. So you understand that it is a "must" for me.

      I favorited your lens for this reason and you receive for your information 5 stars!

      Thank you so much for your lens and information.

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      Temi-Odurinde 9 years ago

      I have stayed in a Yurt and a Tipi before, I find i new experience to camping.

      I have also built a lense about Yurts and tipis :)