Happy Campers: Best Places to Go Yurt Camping in WA

Taking your crew camping is always fun, but sometimes roughing it with little ones can be more of an ordeal than an enjoyable experience. If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional tent camping, we’ve rounded up 13 Washington campgrounds that offer yurts—a great family alternative to the traditional tent. So read on and leave your tent collecting dust in the garage. We promise you won’t miss wrestling with those pesky poles… not one little bit.

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photo: mborg via Flickr Creative Commons

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. Yurts 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 a summer rain shower hits 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 14 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 that sleep three, a full-size futon, small end table and even a lamp and heater! Outside you will find a picnic table, fire pit with grate and a deck that is ADA accessible. A RV pad with hook up nearby is also available for an additional fee.
Cost: $59-$69 per night, depending on the time of year, plus a $6.50 to $8.50 non-refundable reservation fee.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/CapeDisappointmentStatePark?Map or 888-226-7688

Coulee Playland Resort
Distance from Seattle
: Nearly four hours from Seattle 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!” Each yurt sleeps up to five people and includes a futon sofa and futon bunk bed.
Cost: $65-$99 per night, depending on the time of year. Fee based on five people; extra persons are $6 each.
Reservations: 509-633-2671

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photo: Julie Boselly

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, so be prepared.
Cost: $48-$125 for double occupancy; $20 for each additional person over age 13. Generally, there is a minimum two-night stay for advance bookings.
Reservations: rooms.doebay.com/iqreservations/asp/IQHome.aspor or 360-376-2291

Grayland Beach State Park
Distance from Seattle
: On the Washington Coast, just past Aberdeen, about 2.75 hours 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 that sleep three, plus a queen-sized futon, electricity and heat and can accommodate up to five people. Outside you will find a picnic table, fire grill, electric outlet and a deck; bathrooms and showers are nearby. Pets are allowed in yurts 25, 28 and 87 with a $15 (plus tax) pet fee per night. An adjacent RV pad with 30-amp electrical service/water may be rented at the park for an additional fee upon check in.
Cost: $59-$89 per night, depending on the time of year, plus a $6.50 to $8.50 non-refundable reservation fee. Reservations may be made nine months in advance of your arrival date.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/GraylandBeachStatePark?Map or 888-226-7688

yurt via Shelleybelly1 via flickr

photo: Shelley Lindsay via Flickr Creative Commons

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 that sleep three, a queen-sized futon and an overhead light. Outside you will find a picnic table, fire grill, utility hookup, and a deck that is ADA accessible. Don’t forget fishing poles for the river!
Cost: $40-$69 per night, depending on the time of year, plus a $6.50 to $8.50 non-refundable reservation fee. Reservations may be made nine months in advance of your arrival date.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/Kanaskat-PalmerStatePark?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 beautiful 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! Each of the ten yurts sleep five people and include electricity; two yurts are ADA accessible.

Good to Know: The yurts are located in “Yurt Village,” so expect to get to know your neighbors.
Cost: $41-$50 per night or $287-$350 per week; rates vary 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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photo: Reserve America website

Pacific Beach State Park
Distance from Seattle: Located on the Washington Coast of the Pacific Ocean, about 2.75 hours from Seattle.
Features:  The yurts at Pacific Beach are all within walking distance of the beach and the park’s sandy beach and breezy climate make it the perfect spot for families who like kite flying, sand castle building, beach exploring and bird watching. Each yurt sleeps five and is furnished with bunk beds that sleep three, a full-size futon, small end table, overhead light, electrical outlet and heater. Outside you will find a picnic table and a covered entry way that is ADA accessible; bathrooms are accessible to those with disabilities and token operated showers are nearby. An adjacent RV pad with 30-amp electrical service/water may be rented at the park for an additional fee upon check in.
Cost: $59-$74 per night, depending on the time of year, plus a $6.50 to $8.50 non-refundable reservation fee. Reservations may be made nine months in advance of your arrival date.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/PacificBeachStatePark?Map or 888-226-7688

Paradise Point State Park
Distance from Seattle
: About 2.5 hours south of Seattle, just off I-5 between Kelso and Vancouver in Southwest Washington.
Features: Located on a river, Paradise Point has easy access to the freeway and clean yurts and facilities. Each yurt includes bunk beds for three, a queen-sized futon, electricity and heat, plus an overhead light, one outlet and 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. Outside you will find a picnic table, fire grill and a small deck that is ADA accessible. A RV pad nearby is available for an additional fee.
Cost: $45-$59 per night, depending on the time of year, plus a $6.50 to $8.50 non-refundable reservation fee. Reservations may be made nine months in advance of your arrival date.
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 six 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 and one is ADA accessible. Outside you will find a picnic table and fire pit.
Cost: $54-$63 per night, depending on the time of year. Weekends require a Friday and Saturday night stay.
Reservations: Advanced reservations are required for Yurts. Walk-in/drop-in yurt camping cannot be accepted. reserveamerica.com/camping/river-meadows-county-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=SNOH&parkId=470031

yurt via Phil Whitehouse via  flickr

photo: Phil Whitehouse via Flickr Creative Commons

Seaquest State Park
Distance from Seattle
: Just over two hours south of Seattle 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 sleeps six and is located in a wooded area. The yurts include a queen-size futon, a bunk bed that sleeps three, small end table and heater. Outside you will find a picnic table and fire pit with grate. 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, plus a $6.50 to $8.50 non-refundable reservation fee. Reservations may be made nine months in advance of your arrival date. 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

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 two 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. The 20′ diameter yurts sleep four people and includes a double bed with bunk overhead and a futon that converts to a double bed.  Both yurts come with a bathroom with shower, kitchen with range, sink and refrigerator, microwave, gas BBQ grill and color TV/VCR with satellite dish receiver. Psst! One yurt is Fido-friendly.
Cost: From $109 per day; rates vary based on date
Reservations: rvonthego.com/washington/mount-vernon-rv-campground/ or 1-877-570-2267

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photo: Valentina Powers via Flickr Creative Commons 

Tolt MacDonald Park and Campground
Distance from Seattle: About 40 minutes east of Seattle in Carnation.
Features: Tolt MacDonald Park and Campground offers a little something for everyone—from RV and tent camping to yurt and camping container camping. The 574-acre park sits at the point where the Snoqualmie and Tolt Rivers meet and features stunning views of the river and Cascade Foothills. Tolt has six yurts which sleep up to six people. Each yurt comes furnished with two double/single bunk beds, a night stand, heat, electricity, deck, picnic table and fire ring. All yurts are located on the west side of the park across the Snoqualmie River and two of the yurts are wheelchair accessible.
Good to Know: These yurt sites are walk-in only and require crossing the park’s 500-foot suspension bridge (wagons may be available for use from campground host).
Cost: $50 per day or $300 per week. There is a two-night minimum stay and three-night minimum on holidays year-round.
Reservations: Camping is open year-round and available only by reservation, at least one week in advance. All sites can be reserved up to one year in advance with at least one week notice by calling the Camping Line at 206-205-5434.

Twin Harbors Beach State Park
Distance from Seattle
: On the Washington Coast, about 2.5 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 that sleeps three, a queen-size futon and a small table, plus heating and electricity. An adjacent RV pad with 30-amp electrical service/water may be rented at the park for an additional fee upon check in. 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, plus a $6.50 to $8.50 non-refundable reservation fee. Reservations may be made nine months in advance of your arrival date.  Utility hookup available.
Reservations: washington.goingtocamp.com/TwinHarborsStatePark?Map or 888-226-7688

Heading to Oregon? Check out yurts and campgrounds near Portland. Want to give cabin camping a try? Check out our roundup of the best Washington state parks with cabins.

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

— Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla