Yurt Living - Camping or Your New Home?

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My wife and I enjoy the outdoors and exploring the many beautiful places to see in Oregon.  As we get older, the thought of putting up a tent and setting up camp gets less enticing.  Especially when the best campsites in popular locations need to be reserved many months in advance, not knowing what the weather will be like when the camping dates arrive.  Sitting in a tent with the wind blowing or the rain falling isn't my idea of a weekend vacation.

The Oregon State Parks system has solved that concern by providing yurts at many of their parks, especially on the Oregon Coast.

 Orion Yurt in Beachside State Recreation Site


What is a yurt?  A traditional yurt is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomadic groups in Central Asia.  Mongolians call it a ger.  Yurts are popular structures for people who want to live off the grid.  Pacific Yurts in Cottage Grove, Oregon provide the yurts that the Oregon State Parks uses.

Basic Yurt Layout

Camping in an Oregon State Park Yurt

For less than $50 per night, we can sleep in a sturdy structure with electricity, heat, table, two chairs, futon with mattress pad, sturdy bed with pad, locking door, covered porch, nearby restrooms and showers, and a natural setting to enjoy. We just need to bring our bedding, food, and anything else we might want for a few days away from home.

This interior layout varies from park to park, but the contents are similar.  Smaller parks provide you with a numeric code upon reservation so that you can open a lockbox with the entry key upon arrival.  Larger parks (like Silver Falls) have you check in at the registration booth to pick up the key. 

Yurts can offer an outdoor camping experience for the kids in addition to glamping (glamour camping) for the adults.  This picture was taken at Sunset Bay State Park near Charleston, Oregon.


Yurt at Sunset Bay State Park


Living in a Yurt as Your Home

Don't think that yurts are just for camping or survivalists.  A couple in the Portland, Oregon area built a lofted yurt to live in for just $63,000.  Take a look at the pictures and you'll see that they're not exactly roughing it.

These articles offer different perspectives on yurt living full-time:

How to Live in a Yurt

Living in a Yurt

Modern Yurts Fit for Modern Living

Pros and Cons of Yurt Living

Yurt Living

Yurt Living - Our Story

I don't think that I could live in a yurt full-time, but for me it's a great place to escape to for a few days to enjoy Oregon's beauty and not have to live out of a tent or a stale hotel room.

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Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest.  He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.

To learn more about Eugene, Lane County, and western Oregon, visit 365 and More Things to do in Lane County, Oregon on Facebook.  You'll see hundreds of pictures and links to discover the beauty and attractions of this special area.


Comments (5)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Rick Obst very good report about yurt living camping in new home.

Nov 14, 2019 07:57 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Rick Not for me and the wife, but very interesting for those who want to step up their camping experience. Enjoy your day!

Nov 15, 2019 05:03 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Rick. I traveled to Mongolia in June and stayed in the Gers myself.

Nov 15, 2019 06:24 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Rick,
Yurts seem to be another "tiny home" as a primary residence or an affordable second home option. Thanks for the info.

Nov 15, 2019 02:07 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Yes, Oregon does have some nice Yurts for camping. Happy to see you two enjoying this option for staying at a campground. Glamping? 

Nov 16, 2019 08:01 AM