Who needs a hotel room when you have comfy beds, an adjustable heater and a locking door in a scenic area, for a fraction of the price? Whether you stay in a rustic yurt or the deluxe cabin with a kitchen, bathroom and shower, your family will be set up for an adventurous outdoor experience with the promise of a cozy night’s sleep. Read on to discover our list of snuggly options inland and on the coast.


photo: Oregon Coast by Stacy Coplin

On the Coast

Beverly Beach State Park 
This campground has a secret passage walkway under the highway opens onto a picturesque expanse of beach– view of lighthouse included. Whether you are there for sculpting sand castles, hunting fossils, or kite flying, you won’t be disappointed.  On top of all that, the campground has a playground, creek access, and a wind-sheltered picnic area.

Camper’s Tip: Add a bonus feature to your trip with a visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, just minutes from the campground.

Location:  US Hwy 101, 7 miles North of Newport
Address: Beverly Beach State Park, Newport
Cabins: None
Yurts: 21 ($44-$54/night)

Cape Lookout State Park 
There’s a bucketful of adventure waiting on the beach at this campground. A great place for beach-combing and rock exploring, your kiddos won’t be short on discoveries. There are over eight miles of hiking trails for exploring the old-growth forest, and from the end of the cape there’s a chance you might spot a whale.

Camper’s Tip:  This beach is known for being a great place to find glass floats.

Location: Off US Hwy 101, 12 miles Southwest of Tillamook
Address: 13000 Whiskey Creek Rd., Tillamook, Or 97141
Deluxe Cabins: 6 ($88-$98/night)
Yurts: 13 ($44-$54/night)

Fort Stevens State Park 
Steeped in history, Fort Stevens brings new meaning to an educational vacation.  After retracing the steps of our military past, you can enjoy everything else this park has to offer. Whether swimming in a freshwater lake, or cruising along miles of hiking and biking trails, big memories are guaranteed.

Camper’s Tip: For an adventure within an adventure, take your first mates to the beach and pretend to be pirates near the old shipwreck and hunt for treasures in the sand.

Location: Off US Hwy 101, 10 miles West of Astoria
Address: Fort Stevens State Park, Hammond
Deluxe Cabins: 11 ($89-$99/night)
Yurts: 15 ($45-$55/night)


photo: Oregon Coast by Stacy Coplin

Jessie M. Honeyman State Park 
If you’ve never jumped over the edge of a sand dune before, you need to add this campground to your camping bucket list.  Your little sand crabs will love digging away, while your older risk takers will be thrilled to leap over the end of a dune and come sailing down feet first into the warm sand.

Camper’s Tip:  You get the added pop of color from blooming pink rhododendrons in Spring, and all the huckleberries and blackberries you can pick in Fall.

Location:  US Hwy 101, 3 miles South of Florence
Address: 84505 Hwy 101 South, Florence, Or 97439
Cabins: No
Yurts: 10 ($44-$54/night)

Nehalem Bay State Park 
If the mesmerizing sunsets and excellent wildlife sighting opportunities weren’t enough, this park features an airstrip that offers fly-in camping to thrill even the youngest aviator.

Camper’s Tip:  Keep an eye out for special signs marking spots where shorebirds may be nesting.  A lucky opportunity to get to see them, but also important not to disturb these protected species.

Location: Off US Hwy 101, 3 miles South of Manzanita Junction
Address: 9500 Sandpiper Ln., Nehalem
Cabins: No
Yurts: 18 ($44-$54/night)


photo: Stacy Coplin

Central Oregon

Crescent Lake
For a more rustic experience, check out the yurts at Crescent Lake Campground.  There are several other lakes nearby to discover, and if you’re still itching for the comfort of a resort feel, just across the dam is Crescent Lake Resort.  They have a host of supplies and equipment available.

Camper’s Tip:  There’s even a restaurant that’s open on weekends if you don’t feel like cooking.

Location: US Hwy 58, 18 miles East of Crescent
Address: 23250 Crescent Lake Hwy, Crescent, Or 97733
Cabins: 21 deluxe at the resort ($10-$250/night)
Yurts: 3 ($30-$40/night)

LaPine State Park
In the winter LaPine is like camping in the perfect Christmas card, with snow-covered pine trees and some of the best ski spots in the area.  In the summer, it’s a forest of rich-smelling pine trees where hiking trails, wilderness, and high-mountain lakes greet you at every turn.

Camper’s Tip:  Here you can also meet “Big Red”, Oregon’s largest ponderosa pine.

Location: Off US Hwy 97, 15 miles Southwest of Madras
Address: 15800 State Recreation Rd., La Pine, Or 97739
Cabins: 10 ($44-$54/night for rustic, $86-$96/night for deluxe)
Yurts: No

Lake Creek Lodge
One of the most peaceful spots in the sublime Metolius River Basin, this lodge is a haven of outdoor charm that comes fully loaded with all you could hope for in a camping retreat.  With upscale cabins, a seasonally heated pool, play area, rec room, and even dining options, you get the best of both worlds with this one.  P.S. moms and dads, they have an espresso cafe that’s open daily.

Camper’s Tip:  Keep an eye on their Facebook page for extra specials and upcoming events to make your trip even more fun.

Location: Off Hwy 20, 14 miles Northwest of Sisters
Address: 13375 NF-1419, Camp Sherman
Super Deluxe Cabins: 20 ($170-$355/night)
Yurts: No


photo: Stacy Coplin

Olallie Lake Resort
For those feeling a bit more adventurous, this is a true mountain escape located at the base of Mt. Jefferson.  Here you can step foot on the famed Pacific Crest Trail, or just relax and marvel at the abundant wildlife.  The mystical beauty of the many lakes, meadows, and hiking trails in this remote area are well worth the drive.

Camper’s Tip: This area is about two hours outside of cell phone service.  Make sure you bring a good map, and proper supplies.  They are only open seasonally so check the website for dates.

Location: Hwy 224, 60 miles Southeast of Estacada
Address: 4 NF-4220, Oregon
Rustic Cabins: 10 ($65-$100/night)
Yurts: 2 ($100-$110/night)

Tumalo State Park 
From golfing to fishing, hiking to biking, skiing to snowboarding, rafting to floating the river, any manner of outdoor recreation awaits you here.  Or just go for the quiet and the chance to see trout hunt for bugs, deer feeding, and hear a coyote’s call, all in a single sunset.

Camper’s Tip: The city of Bend is the hub of Central Oregon, and this campground is close enough to get the benefits of all Bend has to offer and far enough away to skip the clamor of the city.

Location: Off US Hwy 20, 5 miles Northwest of Bend
Address: 64120 O. B. Riley Rd.
Cabins: No
Yurts: 7 ($44-$54/night)


photo: Stacy Coplin

Willamette Valley

Champoeg State Heritage Area 
If you want to kick it up a notch, pioneer style, then Champoeg is the place to be.  The wetlands, forest, and fields along give the feeling of days gone by.  On top of that there is a visitors center, two pioneer museums, and a pioneer garden.

Camper’s Tip:  Check the schedule and join the guided walk to fully explore pioneer life.

Location: Off US Hwy 99W, 7 miles East of Newberg
Address: 7679 Champoeg Rd. NE, St. Paul
Rustic Cabins: 6 ($40-$50/night)
Yurts: 6 ($40-$50/night)

L.L. Stub Stewart State Park 
One of the closest to Portland, this may become your new favorite spot for a quick overnight campout.  With 25 miles of hiking trails intersecting across hills, forests, streams, and fields with wildflowers, you’ll want to keep coming back until you’ve covered every inch.  The trails are great for little feet, and they will have a blast hunting for birds and lizards and wooly bear caterpillars, among other pint-sized creatures.  The park also features mountain biking trails, an 18-hole disc golf course, and Discovery Depot, where kids and families can become nature experts.

Camper’s Tip:  Before tucking in for the night, make your way to the Hilltop Day Use Area for a view of the stars that will take your breath away.

Location: Hwy 47, 10 miles Northwest of Banks
Address: L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, Buxton
Rustic Cabins: 13 ($44/night)
Yurts: No


photo: Stacy Coplin

Sliver Falls State Park 
The ultimate park for natural beauty, Silver Falls boast some of the most stunning hiking trails in the state.  The prize trail is the Trail of Ten Falls, which includes a waterfall you can actually walk behind!  Many of the trails intersect, so they are a great option to choose your own adventure with younger hikers.  There are also biking and horseback riding options, as well as an expansive day use area that includes a playground, horseshoe pits, off-leash dog area, and a creek among other fun features.

Camper’s Tip:  Pets are not allowed on the Trail of Ten Falls for everyone’s safety.

Location: Hwy 214, 26 miles East of Salem
Address: 20024 Silver Falls Hwy SE, Sublimity
Rustic Cabins: 14 ($40-$50/night)
Yurts: No


photo: Stacy Coplin

Mt. Hood National Forest 

Lost Lake Resort
For a place where you can both amp up your luxury and still watch the kiddos dig in the dirt by your doorstep, this is an amazing mountain resort to explore.  Lots of hiking trails, a fishing dock, and a boat launch right on crystal clear Lost Lake. You’ll be so happy you found it.

Camper’s Tip:  Tell your little fishing buddies the tale of Walter, the (rumored) 50 pound trout who lurks at the bottom and pops up to steal lures and tempt you into fishing for “the one that got away.”

Location: Off US Hwy 26, 32 miles Northeast of Rhododendron
Address: 9000 Lost Lake Rd., Hood River, Or 97031
Cabins: 7 ($65-$190/night, not including additional pet fee)
Yurts: 13 ($60-$75/night, not including additional pet fee)

Mt. Hood Village RV Resort 
This corner of the mountain features all the standard beauty of a mountain cabin retreat, plus a golf course, miniature golf, rock climbing, and even an alpine slide.

Camper’s Tip:  Be sure to check out their calendar and time your visit with their yearly Huckleberry Festival or Salmon-Mushroom Festival for an extra treat to your visit.

Location: US Hwy 26, 5 miles West of Rhododendron
Address: 65000 US-26, Welches
Deluxe Cabins: Yes (Call for rates)
Yurts: Yes (Call for rates)

Where are your favorite yurts?  Let us know in the comments below!

— Stacy Coplin