Happy Campers: 11 Yurt Camping Hot Spots in Washington

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 11 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!

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: $59-69 per night, depending on the time of year.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/CapeDisappointmentStatePark?Map or 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: 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 Queen beds from May through November. Bedding is included, but there is no heat or electricity in these yurts.
Cost: $50-120 for double occupancy, $20 for each additional person over age 13.
Reservations: rooms.doebay.com/iqreservations/asp/IQHome.asp or 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 and can accommodate up to 5 people. Pets are allowed in yurts 25, 28 and 87 with a $15 (plus tax) pet fee per night.
Cost: $59-89 per night, depending on the time of year; utility hookup available for an additional fee.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/GraylandBeachStatePark?Map or 888-226-7688

yurt via Shelleybelly1 via flickr

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! Outside is a picnic table, fire grill, utility hookup, and a deck that is ADA accessible.
Cost: $40-69 per night, depending on the time of year.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/Kanaskat-PalmerStatePark?Map or 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. Campers must bring their own linens and blankets. Outside is a picnic table, fire grill, and a small deck that is ADA accessible.
Cost: $45-59 per night, depending on the time of year.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/ParadisePointStatePark?Map or 888-226-7688

River Meadows Park
Distance from Seattle
: Just over an hour north of Seattle, near Arlington.
Features: 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. Yurts sleep 5-8 people.
Cost: $54-63 per night, depending on the time of year. Weekends require a Friday and Saturday night stay.
Reservations: reserveamerica.com/camping/river-meadows-county-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=SNOH&parkId=470031

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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 a queen-size futon, a bunk bed that sleeps three, small end table, and heater. Check out more to do with kids near Mount St. Helens while you’re in the area.
Cost: $45-69 per night, depending on the time of year.  Pets are allowed in yurt two with a $15 (plus tax) pet fee per night.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/SeaquestStatePark?Map or 888-226-7688

Kayak Point County Park
Distance from Seattle: About an hour north of Seattle, just of I-5 at Smokey Point.
Features: This spectacular saltwater beach park is located along the shores of Port Susan. With its 3,300 foot shoreline and lush evergreen forests, Kayak Point Park offers a rich setting for pier fishing, windsurfing, picnicking, hiking, camping, and boat launching. Don’t forget to pack your crab pots and fishing poles! Yurts are located in “Yurt Village” so expect to get to know your neighbors. Yurts sleep 5-8 people and include electricity.
Cost: $45-54, depending on the time of year.
Reservations: reserveamerica.com/camping/kayak-point-county-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=SNOH&parkId=470021

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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: thousandtrails.com/washington/mount-vernon-rv-campground/rentals or 877-570-2267

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: $45-69 per night, depending on the time of year. Utility hookup available.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/TwinHarborsStatePark?Map or 888-226-7688

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

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

— Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla

Photos courtesy of Julie Boselly, Valentina Powers via Flickr, Phil Whitehouse via Flickr, mborg via Flickr, Reserve America websiteShelleybelly1 via Flickr