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Ditch the Poles: 10 Places to Go Yurt Camping in Washington

There’s no denying it—kids love to camp. They love hanging with mom and dad in the great outdoors, roasting marshmallows over an open fire, playing with flashlights, and sleeping in tents with their oversized sleeping bags zipped over their tiny heads. For mom and dad, camping means lots of planning, practice, and patience and we’re not just referring to the “pitching of the tent” phase of the campout. Sure, family camping is fun but sometimes roughing it with little ones can be more of an ordeal than an enjoyable experience. That’s why we’ve rounded up 10 Washington campgrounds that offer yurts – a great family alternative to the traditional tent. So go ahead and add yurt camping to your summer to-do list and leave your tent collecting dust in the garage. We promise that you won’t miss wrestling with those tent poles…not one little bit.

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Here’s what we think is super cool about yurt camping.

1. You don’t have to set up a tent. Need we say more?

2. Most yurts come with furniture – bunk beds with mattresses and sometimes a small couch and/or a small table. You bring your own bedding and other camping accessories.

3. They often have a door that locks, which is great for stashing your goods while you’re out exploring. And, your food tucked away from curious wildlife.

4. If you live in an area where a summer rain shower can hit unexpectedly overnight, you won’t wake up to a soggy tent…and a soggy family.

5. Depending on the yurt location you choose, some are hooked up to electricity. Every parent realizes the value in this – even the hardcore camping parents.

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Cape Disappointment State Park
Distance from Seattle: Cape Disappointment is at the furthest southwest point of the state of Washington, over three hours from Seattle
Features: The yurts at Cape Disappointment will not be a disappointment – they are some of the nicest in the state. Each is just a short walk to the beach and includes bunk beds, a futon and even a lamp!
Cost: $64-74 per night, depending on the time of year.
Reservations: Online or at 888-226-7688

Coulee Playland Resort
Distance from Seattle: Nearly four hours in north central Washington
Features: Head east of the mountains, near the Grand Coulee Dam, to stay in these cool, equipped yurts. Each one includes a microwave, refrigerator, private BBQ area and walk around deck. Not so shabby for “camping!”
Cost: $65-99 per night, depending on the time of year. Fee based on five people; extra persons $6 each.
Reservations: Please visit their website or call 509-633-2671

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Doe Bay Resort and Retreat
Distance from Seattle: Over three hours from Seattle, including a ferry ride from Anacortes
Features: Looking for a new way to discover Orcas Island? Book a yurt at Doe Bay Resort and Retreat. Yurts are available year round, although they only include beds from May through November. Bedding is included, but there is no heat or electricity in these yurts.
Cost: $50-120 for double occupancy, plus $20 for each additional person over age 13.
Reservations: Online or by phone at 360-376-2291

Grayland Beach State Park
Distance from Seattle: On the Washington Coast, just past Aberdeen, about 2 hours and 40 minutes from Seattle
Features: Grayland Beach State Park is in a fantastic location, right on the ocean for lots of beachcombing fun. The yurts all include bunk beds, plus a queen-sized futon, electricity and heat!
Cost: $64-74 per night, depending on the time of year; utility hookup available for an additional fee.
Reservations: Online or at 888-226-7688

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Kanaskat-Palmer State Park
Distance from Seattle: Only about an hour southeast of Seattle, just past Maple Valley
Features: Being located so close to the city, Kanaskat-Palmer is a popular yurt camping destination for Seattle families – spend less time on travel and more time on having fun! Yurts include bunk beds, a queen-sized futon and an overhead light. Don’t forget fishing poles for the river!
Cost: $59-69 per night, depending on the time of year. Utility hookup available for an additional fee.
Reservations: Online or at 888-226-7688

Paradise Point State Park
Distance from Seattle: About two and a half hours south of Seattle, just off I-5 between Kelso and Vancouver
Features: Located on a river, Paradise Point has easy access to the freeway and clean yurts and facilities. Each yurt includes bunk beds, a queen-sized futon, electricity and heat, plus a small deck. Be sure to ask for a yurt that is as far away from the freeway as possible to avoid the hum of the nearby traffic.
Cost: $59-69 per night, depending on the time of year
Reservations: Online or at 888-226-7688

River Meadows Park
Distance from Seattle: Just over an hour north of Seattle, near Arlington
Features: As the newest yurts in Washington, River Meadow Park is easy to get to from Seattle, so you can spend less time in the car and more time exploring this cool park and the riverbank. The yurts are located in a fruit orchard and are some of the largest in the state at 20-feet in diameter.
Cost: $45-73 per night, depending on the time of year. Weekends require a Friday and Saturday night stay.
Reservations: Visit their website for details and book your reservation online.

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Seaquest State Park
Distance from Seattle: Just over two hours south on I-5
Features: Squeeze in a little history on this yurt camping trip – the yurts at Seaquest are within walking distance of the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. Each yurt is located in a wooded area and includes bunk beds, a futon and heat. Check out more to do with kids near Mount St. Helens while you’re in the area.
Cost: $59-69 per night, depending on the time of year.
Reservations: Online or at 888-226-7688

Thousand Trails of Mt. Vernon
Distance from Seattle: About an hour north of Seattle, just off I-5
Features: This large, private campground has a few yurts available that are scattered throughout the grounds. Don’t miss all of the family-friendly activities here including a great outdoor pool (and little wading pool for young kids), a miniature golf course and tons of organized family activities during the summer.
Cost: Varies based on date
Reservations: By phone at 877-362-6736. More information available online.

Twin Harbors Beach State Park
Distance from Seattle: On the Washington Coast, about two and a half hours from Seattle
Features: Westport is a haven for surfers in Washington and you’ll be just a quick drive away (less than five minutes) at Twin Harbors Beach. The yurts sleep five and include a bunk bed, a futon and a small table, plus heating and electricity. Twin Harbors’ yurts are close together, so be prepared to make friends with your yurt neighbors!
Cost: $64-74 per night, depending on the time of year. Utility hookup available for an additional fee.
Reservations: Online or at 888-226-7688

Have you been to any of these yurt camping hot spots in Washington? Share your experiences and tips for yurt camping in the comments below!

Heading to Oregon? Check out yurts and campgrounds near Portland.

– Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla

Photos courtesy of Valentina Powers via Flickr, mborg via Flickr, and Andrea Bell

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