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The 8 Most Amazing Yurt Rentals in Texas

Best Yurts in Texas
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A stay in a yurt is not like your average hotel room, and fortunately, the yurts in Texas are some of the country’s very best.

Nomadic peoples in Central Asia started using yurts around 600 BCE as shelters against harsh elements.  Nowadays, these circular tents have found their place across the world as one of the most popular glamping options. And throughout Texas, you’ll find plenty of options for yurt rentals that keep you as immersed — or as removed — from nature as you’d like. But no matter which you pick, you’re guaranteed a unique getaway.

From a swanky stay in the middle of the desert to an attractive spot on top of the Hill Country, these yurts in Texas allow you to have easy access to the outdoors without any of the roughing it.

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1. The Agave at The Reserve

The Agave at The Reserve Texas yurts
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Why you should stay: Lux yurt on more than 200 acres in the Lost Pines region.

  • Nearest town: Bastrop
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $265/night

Part of The Reserve at GreenLeaf estate, this yurt cabin strikes the right balance between cozy and luxury.  The yurt is well-decorated with a wood ceiling and teak flooring and feels much bigger than it looks from the outside. It even manages to hold a full-size bathroom with a walk-in shower. You won’t have trouble relaxing here with the inviting king-size bed and coffee bar.

Leaving behind the comforts in your yurt, you’ll find plenty to see and do on the property, which spans over 200 acres. Wander the hiking trails, rent a kayak on the lake or river, or lounge around the fire pit with some s’mores. Other guest amenities at the property include a covered grilling area and sun deck.

Lake Bastrop is nearby, so you can reach the north or south shore park in less than 15 minutes.

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2. Yurt in the Trees

Yurt in the Trees texas
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Why you should stay: Elevated Bohemian-style yurt overlooking a creek near Austin.

  • Nearest town: Drippings Springs
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $197/night

On a raised platform next to a creek, this stay combines the fun of a treehouse and a yurt. The place is surrounded by oak trees and you can enjoy the views from your large private deck. Inside, find your zen in the soaking tub, one of the yurt’s highlights.

Coffee fiends will appreciate having a well-supplied coffee bar at their disposal complete with a variety of coffee makers, from a Keurig to a french press. Anyone who likes brewing their cup of joe themselves can ask the hosts for coffee beans.

During your stay, head down to the fire ring and swings in the canyon area. You can also make your way to the corral area to pet the farm’s donkeys. This Texas yurt is about 35 minutes from Austin, putting you close to many of the attractions just outside the city, too.

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3. Luxury Eco Yurt at The Cedars Ranch

Luxury Eco Yurt at The Cedars Ranch texas
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Why you should stay: Live in luxury at this decked-out yurt offering special wellness experiences for guests.

  • Nearest town: Wimberley
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $195/night

You may not want to leave this luxury eco yurt, which somehow manages to fit a whole apartment into one space. There’s a cozy living area with a big-screen TV, a king-size bed you can enclose with curtains for extra privacy, a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, and a bathroom with a beautiful slipper tub. As if that wasn’t enough already, there’s also a library space with books, games, and recliner chairs.

The comforts continue outside where you’ll have a private deck plus the ranch’s 20 acres to explore.The latter has hiking trails, a flower garden, and a community fire pit.

After a full day of adventuring, guests can arrange an in-yurt massage with the hosts. You can also book a wellness coaching session with their on-site coach, though it’s a bit steep at $125 an hour.

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4. El Cosmico

el cosmico yurt texas
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Why you should stay: Yurts at a quirky campground in the quirky West Texas desert.

  • Nearest town: Marfa
  • Sleeps: 1
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $85/night

The West Texas desert is a special place, one deserving of a special stay. Chances are you’ll never forget your trip out this way if you decide to stay in one of El Cosmico’s yurts.

The yurts at this popular hotel and campground fit a queen-sized bed plus a desk and sofa, but the experience here is also about the communal amenities on the property. There’s an outdoor kitchen for guests as well as a shared bathhouse. You can also reserve one of the wood-fired hot tubs (request it at least 24 hours in advance).

For more to do, rent out one of the bikes here and take it for a spin around Marfa, where you’ll come across many notable art galleries. Marfa is incredibly remote and is home from everything to the “Marfa Lights” to Shafer (a ghost town) to a supposedly haunted hotel.

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5. The Local Chapter Yurts

Luxury Yurt Close to Big Bend National Park texas
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Why you should stay: Fancy yurt close to Big Bend National Park and a funky artist/ghost town.

  • Nearest town: Terlingua
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $401/night

You can say goodbye to the loud, busy city and hello to the peace and quiet of the desert at this luxury yurt in Texas. Your yurt will be in the town of Terlingua, which is more or less a ghost town with a few resident artists. Terlingua is also the closest town to Big Bend National Park, making it a great option for avid hikers and stargazers.

While you may be away from civilization, it’ll feel like being at a swanky hotel. The white and grey color palette makes it feel airy and bright, and luxurious touches include a firewood stove, robes for guests, and high-end bathroom products. There’s even a telescope so you can enjoy the stunning starry skies.

This is certainly one of the more expensive yurts in Texas, but the tranquility, access to the outdoors, and amazing views of the Chisos Mountains will help you forget about the steeper price tag. The Local Chapter has four yurts, sleeping a total of eight guests.

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See Also: 12 Awe-Inspiring Airbnbs Near Big Bend National Park

6. Wildflower Yurts

Wildflower Yurts texas
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Why you should stay: Quaint yurt on a farm with amazing sunsets near several lakes.

  • Nearest town: Emory
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $115/night

The Wildflower Yurts are on a quiet farm that’s also home to some pretty cute llamas. If you want to travel with a bigger crew, you’re in luck, because there are two other rentals on property.

Along with an indoor bathroom, the yurt has an outdoor shower (hey, it’s still kind of glamping, after all) as well as a mini-fridge, microwave, and outdoor grill. Coffee drinkers, don’t worry: each yurt has an indoor coffee maker.

This is a place where you take things a bit slower than normal – relaxing in the hammock or enjoying a Texas microbrew by the fire pit. But if you’re itching for more to do, you’re near both Lake Tawakoni and Lake Fork. For hiking, head to the former, and either is a good option for fishing.

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7. YURT1 at Gleatherland Ranch

YURT1-Desert Retreat texas
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Why you should stay: Affordable desert yurt near Hueco Tanks State Park.

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

If you’re more about the setting than the perks, this desert retreat is for you. One of the best things about this stay is that you’re next to Hueco Tanks State Park, a sacred place where indigenous people found shelter and water in the rock basins. These days, visitors who have booked a guided tour or received a permit can check out the park’s many pictographs and petroglyphs. It’s also a hugely popular rock climbing destination (you’ll need a guide to access many of the routes.)

This Texas yurt rental is fairly basic (although you do have a fridge and stove), and the bathroom situation is portable toilets and a coin-operated showers shared among guests. That being said, it’s the most affordable option on this list.

But staying at Gleatherland Ranch is all about the landscape anyway, and you can expect stunning, starry night skies as well as beautiful vistas of the nearby mountains. Forgot some supplies? You’re only a 20-minute drive from El Paso.

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8. Yurtopia Wimberley

Yurtopia Wimberley Texas
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Why you should stay: Adults-only resort with hilltop and riverside yurts.

  • Nearest town: Wimberley
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $250/night

Another yurt rental near Austin, the cleverly named Yurtopia is a yurt paradise with a variety of accommodations. There are remote yurts in the woods on a hill, each of which as a rooftop deck. Alternatively, you can opt for a river yurt, all of which share a kitchen and have direct access to the water. Choose the former if you want privacy and go for the latter if you’re looking for more of a community vibe. No matter which you pick, you’ll have a king-sized bed, private bathroom, and climate-controlled space.

While you can easily spend your time relaxing in these stylish yurts, you should make time to explore Jacob’s Well and Blue Hole Regional Park, two local swimming holes that rank among the states best.

Word to the wise: Yurtopia is for adults only and there are no pets allowed.

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