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11 Yurt Rentals in Montana’s Wild and Rugged Big Sky Country

by Arthur McMahon
Updated June 06, 2021

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Mountains, glaciers, and big sky — these are the images that come to mind when you think of Montana.

Home to some of the most dramatic scenery in North America and numerous types of wildlife seldom seen anywhere else in the lower 48, Montana is a wild and rugged land that begs to be explored. Where else in America can you seek out moose, grizzly bears, glaciers, and bison all in one day?

There’s no better way to experience the natural beauty of the state than to stay in one of Montana’s yurts. You’ll find them all over the state, from Montana’s most remote corners to popular outdoor recreation destinations like Glacier National Park.

The yurts in Montana rounded up below range in style from secluded and rustic to accessible and glamorous, but each of them puts you closer to wonders of the natural world than a hotel ever could.

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1. Northern Montana Yurt

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Why you should stay: Luxurious accommodations in a cabin-like yurt surrounded by hiking and hot springs.

  • Nearest town: Saint Regis
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $107/night

This Northern Montana Yurt is on the bank of the Clark Ford River that carves through Montana’s Rocky Mountains. Hikers and hunters will appreciate the plethora of high-mountain trails that lead toward alpine lakes and hidden waterfalls. And don’t worry about cooking, at least in the morning, as daily breakfast is included in your rental rate.

Day trips from the yurt can lead to the white waters of Alberton Gorge, Quinn’s Hot Spring, or Flathead Lake — and those are just a few of many popular area destinations. The great outdoors is at your beck and call. No matter which way you roam from this yurt, you’re in for an amazing adventure.

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2. Flathead Lake Yurt

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Why you should stay: Unobstructed panoramic views make it obvious why Montana is called ‘Big Sky Country.’

  • Nearest town: Somers
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $165/night

This Flathead Lake Yurt is on the edge of a waterfowl reserve at the north end of Flathead Lake. It sits on a raised platform that provides the abode with boundless views of the lake, the surrounding valley, and notable distant sights such as Glacier Peak.

You’ll be amazed by the views you’ll have from the raised deck. From the blue sky at noon to the starry nights, it’s a round-the-clock spectacular sight. In this peaceful and pastoral setting, you can’t help but feel relaxed as the sights melt your stresses away. You’ll also only be about 45 minites from Glacier National Park, so be sure to make time for a day trip or two.

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3. Yonder Yurt

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Why you should stay: Five serene acres all to yourself in the foothills of the Rockies near Bozeman.

  • Nearest town: Bozeman
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $170/night

The Yonder Yurt is in a perfect location day trips to many of Montana’s most wonderful destinations. The hip and lively town of Bozeman is a quick trip to the north, Big Sky Ski Resort is around the corner to the south, and Yellowstone National Park is certainly within reach. It’s one of the best yurts in Montana for folks attempting to see all the state’s highlights in one trip.

However you decide to fill your day, you’ll have this tranquil and private retreat to return to for a restful and rejuvenating evening. Wildlife of all sorts visit the surrounding meadows every day, and the panoramic mountain views are stunning, to put it mildly.

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4. She Dances in the Moonlight Yurt

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Why you should stay: Remote, off-grid living in a backcountry paradise renowned for hiking and fishing.

  • Nearest town: Clinton
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $89/night

She Dances in the Moonlight Yurt is located in Miller Gulch, a small creekside meadow sub-division with a few dozen seasonally used cabins and yurts. You’ll have a fair amount of privacy and direct access to a wealth of hiking trails and awesome fishing locations along Rock Creek.

The overall experience is close to wilderness camping, but with a few more luxuries and conveniences than your campground tent could ever provide. It’s a great place to get away from the day-to-day grind of the working world for a while. It’s also one of the more affordable yurts in Montana, especially considering it cam comfortably welcome four guests.

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5. Lewis & Clark Glamping Yurt

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Why you should stay: A wilderness retreat with breathtaking scenery not far from trendy and artsy Missoula.

  • Nearest town: Stevensville
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $55/night

Sitting on 30 acres of property and backing to the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, the Lewis & Clark Glamping Yurt is ideal for those seeking an escape into nature. The open fields provide plenty of opportunity for wildlife viewing, and the mountain backdrop creates stellar sunsets. It’s worth noting that while you can pack six people in, you’ll all be sharing a sleeping space.

The adjacent refuge is a great place for bird watching, hunting, fishing, or a simple stroll. The small town of Stevenson is only a few minutes away, and the city of Missoula isn’t far down the road either. Unlike many towns in Montana, Missoula is fairly liberal and artsy, and has a young population (probably because it’s home to the university.) Be sure to check out the weekly farmers markets if you’re there in the summer.

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6. Lupine Yurt

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Why you should stay: Woodland glamping with access to public land right out your front door.

  • Nearest town: Missoula
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $100/night

The rolling and forested hillsides of the Potomac Valley are a sight to behold. Often strewn with wildflowers after winter snows retreat, the land here feels alive in a way that’ll soothe your soul. A walk through the woods here is a must.

The Lupine Yurt is on 10 private acres adjacent to the Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor where there are trails and water-bound recreational activities aplenty. Solo adventurers and couples will find this to be an excellent basecamp for exploration of central-west Montana. While the yurt itself doesn’t have running water, and the outhouse is about 25 feet away, it’s quite lovely inside and would be a great place to snuggle up after a day of exploration.

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7. Mooseshroom Yurt

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Why you should stay: Cute and cozy accommodations minutes away from Glacier National Park.

  • Nearest town: Columbia Falls
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $199/night

The Mooseshroom Yurt is one of several lodgings on a nine-acre property located a few miles outside of the west entrance to Glacier National Park. The sizeable property is yours to explore, and the hosts encourage you to unplug and socialize with the other guests. There’s a common area for social gatherings and a shared bathhouse on site. This is one of the best yurts in Montana for people who want to split their time between parks and less-visited destinations.

White Mountain Resort and Flathead Lake are two more nearby outdoor destinations. There’s plenty to do in the immediate area of the yurt, too, including river rafting, hiking, and guided fishing. Dogs are welcome, and yes, moose sightings are very possible.

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8. The Phillipsburg Yurt

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Why you should stay: Roomy yurt in a mountain town near hiking trails and a ski resort.

  • Nearest town: Phillipsburg
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $110/night

The Phillipsburg Yurt is a fun stay in a setting kids will love, especially in the winter. This large yurt is 30 feet across and sits above the community ice rink, overlooking the entire town. There’s no Wi-Fi, but there is an amazing skylight, and indoor bathroom, and hot water on-demand – quite the amenity list for a yurt.

Downtown Phillipsburg and its adorable Broadway Street are within walking distance. The trails and slopes of Discovery Ski Park are a fun winter wonderland, and the Discovery Bike Park is prime for visiting once the snow melts.

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9. Magpie Springs Yurtship

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Why you should stay: Get comfy in a two-story fully furnished yurt near the state’s largest national forest.

  • Nearest town: Dillon
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $50/night

You can enjoy just about any mountain sport in the absolutely massive Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. And fortunately, the Magpie Springs Yurtship is on dirt road in a rural neighborhood 13 miles from the town of Dillon, where the forest is headquartered.

This well-appointed yurt has flowing water, a full kitchen with an electric stove and range, and a wood-burning stove. Those with large families can book all three yurts in the Magpie Springs Yurt Complex to make room for the whole crew. This particular one is a two-level yurt, so you get way more privacy for sleeping than you would in a traditional studio-style, one-room yurt.

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10. Libby Creek Farm Yurt

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Why you should stay: There’s gold in them thar hills!

  • Nearest town: Libby
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $75/night

The Libby Creek Farm Yurt is on a hobby farm in a rural section of Montana. There are abundant hiking, angling, and hunting opportunities in the surrounding wilderness, as with most of Montana, but what makes this location stand out is its proximity to the Libby Creek National Gold Panning Area.

Whether you’re interested in taking the family out for a fun day of playing in the dirt, or you’re more serious in your search for gold, this is the place to visit. Don’t forget to pick up a basic gold-mining kit on Amazon if you’re headed this way (or just think you may be traveling through gold-mining country in the future.)

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11. Spencer Mountain Yurt

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Why you should stay: A secluded hideaway near Glacier National Park with direct access to miles of shared-use trails.

  • Nearest town: Whitefish
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $130/night

The Spencer Mountain Yurt provides a well-rounded experience ideal for those who want to disappear into the wilderness for a spell without being too far from town. Though it feels quite remote, the yurt is only a short drive from Whitefish, recognized as one of the top places to visit in the world by The New York Times. And while Whitefish resort is known primarily for epic skiing, it also has pretty amazing summer activities, like zip lines, an adventure park, and more than 30 miles of mountain bike trails.

It’d be easy to spend an entire vacation at this yurt exploring the trails that leave from the property, but there’s so much more in the area to see. From the lakes to the towns and the national park, you’ll never run out of things to do here.

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