Looking for a camping experience that’s truly one of a kind?
Yurt camping — a type of “glamping” — goes down in a structure that’s essentially a cross between a tent and a cabin. Typically constructed with wood and canvas, yurts aim to deliver the rustic feel of tent-camping with the increased floorspace and amenities that you’d expect from a cabin.
If you want to give yurt camping a try, Oregon is definitely the place to dip your toe in the water. The Beaver State is brimming with natural attractions, and glamping in a yurt is the best way to take it all in. Plus, given how much it rains in Oregon, staying in a heavy canvas yurt will be much more enjoyable than huddling under a rainfly when the rains roll in.
Ready to glamp in style? With so many campgrounds throughout the state, there are plenty of yurts to choose from. Here are ten of our favorites, from private yurts to public campgrounds.
Bay City Yurt
The Bay City Yurt is 580 square feet and sleeps four guests. Outside, you’ll find a private hot tub, grill, picnic table, and a fire pit, with the ocean setting a gorgeous backdrop. The cozy oceanfront yurt offers 180-degree views, so keep an eye out for herons and egrets in the bay. Even better, bring your boat and explore the bay up close!
The yurt has one bedroom with a handcrafted alder bed that sits below a clear dome, offering views of the night sky as you fall asleep. It has one bathroom, plus a sofa bed that can hold two people. There’s a cozy living room and a small kitchen with an oak table, dishes, and silverware.
- Perfect size for a family of four
- Private hot tub
- Small dogs allows (for a fee)
- Kitchen includes dishes and cooking supplies
- Fire pit, picnic table, and grill outside
- Plenty of space to park your boat
Grande Hot Springs Yurt
The Yurts at Grande Hot Springs Resort are located at the foot of Craig Mountain, around seven miles from downtown La Grand. Each yurt is geothermally heated, so you’ll stay warm even during the winter. Of course, if you start feeling chilly you can always hop in the cedar soaking tub on the deck. The back patio is heated during the winter, and you can fire up the propane fire pit for even more warmth.
The yurt comes with a coffee maker and fresh, locally-roasted coffee to help you get your mornings off on the right foot. The locals rave about fishing around here, so bring a fishing rod and try your hand at catching some catfish, bass, and carp.
The yurt sleeps five people between three beds, a bunk bed, and a futon. Community amenities include restrooms, showers, horseshoe pits, a laundry room, walking trails, and an outdoor seasonal pool and spa (open Memorial Day to Labor Day).
- Private soaking tub filled with water from the hot springs
- Three beds for five guests
- Yurt is geothermally heated
- Access to resort amenities
Bradley Vineyards Yurt
The Bradley Vineyards Yurt is a peaceful, off-grid oasis where you can kick back and relax with a glass of wine. It’s located in the historic Bradley Vineyard, providing easy access to the entire property and the tasting room.
With one bedroom and one bathroom, the yurt houses two comfortably and can sleep two additional guests on the pull-out sofa bed. The yurt includes a small kitchenette, a turntable with a vinyl collection, and an outdoor fire pit that’s the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring the vineyard. Should the weather turn drizzly, there are puzzles and board games available as well.
- Sleeps 2+ people
- Firepit with wine available for purchase
- Classic vinyl collection and turntable
- Access to entire vineyard property plus the Tasting Room
Applegate Valley Yurt
The 24-foot Applegate Valley Yurt sits on a five-acre property near Murphy and Grants Pass. The expansive property offers gorgeous western views, with plenty of wineries nearby to explore and try local wines.
Inside, the yurt includes a big dining table, a king size bed, and a queen sofa bed. It has one bedroom and can hold four guests. The living room is bright and colorful with comfortable couches and piles of books. The bathroom is 50 feet away from the yurt, but it’s indoors and has plumbing.
Only a microwave is allowed as far as appliances go, but there’s really no need to cook in the yurt — breakfast and a refrigerator are provided, and there is a propane grill outside. There’s also a fire pit (seasonal availability), a hot tub, and a small above-ground pool. The yurt has portable air conditioners and heaters, and there’s no cleaning fee.
- Sleeps four guests
- Indoor bathroom with plumbing
- Breakfast provided
- Firepit, hot tub, and pool
- Air conditioning and heating
Retreat on the Willamette River
The Retreat on the Willamette River in Eugene is a handcrafted masterpiece. The four-person yurt is surprisingly affordable, especially given how many 5-star reviews it has.
This peaceful retreat is intended to help its guests get you in touch with nature. The yurt is located on the owners’ 30-acre organic farm, which has bicycles, a river kayak, a swimming hole, and 15 horses on the property. The owners will even provide eggs, fresh produce, kombucha, and fresh organic smoothies for you to enjoy.
The yurt features a trundle bed, a dining table, and a two-burner stove. There’s also solar energy and an inverter for your laptop or iPad. The deck is the perfect place for cooking or relaxing. The bathroom is outside, with a hot shower and composting toilet. As a bonus, large parties are permitted to set up extra tents on the site.
- Solar energy
- Hot shower
- Dogs allowed (for a fee)
- Rustic, organic, and natural
- Room for four guests in the yurt and additional tents outside
- Kayaking, bicycling, and swimming available
- Farm owners provide fresh produce, kombucha, and organic smoothies
Celestial Yurt at Tired Dog Ranch
The Celestial Yurt at Tired Dog Ranch is a 30-foot Pacific Yurt with a skylight dome, Wifi, and space for four guests. Unlike some yurts that shoot for an off-the-grid, unplugged experience, this one ensures you don’t miss any of your favorite shows with a flat screen TV and Netflix. Of course, when you’re surrounded by so much natural splendor, hopefully you won’t be spending too much time in front of the TV.
Tired Dog Ranch is an 18-acre forest retreat at the west end of the Cascade Range. You’ll find plenty of hiking trails and farm animals, so it’s great for active kids. The property is also dog friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friend!
The Celestial Yurt has a full kitchen with a gas range and apartment-sized refrigerator, two beds, and an insulated plank floor. There’s a wood stove for heating, which you’ll need to feed firewood in order to keep the fire going. You’ll have access to fire pits and BBQ’s, too, so bring plenty of marshmallows and hot dogs.
- Full kitchen with gas range and a wood stove
- Flat screen TV with Netflix and Wifi
- Access to hiking trails, biking trails, and lakes
- Communal fire pits and BBQ on the ranch
Garden Home Backyard Yurt
Located in Portland, the recently-upgraded Garden Home Backyard Yurt is 24 feet in diameter with space for five guests. The property includes a fire pit, lawn chairs, playhouse, tree swing, trampoline, and badminton, making this a great vacation rental for kids. You’re just six miles from downtown Portland and within driving distance of Mount Hood, Oregon beaches, and scenic gorges.
The yurt has two beds, a dining table, a full kitchen, and a desk. There’s hot and cold running water, and a gas fireplace with a remote control thermostat. A full guests-only bathroom and laundry room are both available in the hosts’ home.
- Great for families
- Full bathroom and laundry (in the hosts’ home)
- Full kitchen inside the yurt
- Fireplace with remote control thermostat
- Playhouse, tree swing, trampoline, and fire pit
The Yurt on Eagleview
If you’re searching for a place with panoramic views, head to the Yurt on Eagleview. Perched on the side of a mountain, the peaceful retreat offers breathtaking views of the Rogue River and surrounding area.
The Yurt on Eagleview is brand new, fully furnished, and just the right size for two guests. There’s a clawfoot bathtub and a flat screen TV for relaxing inside, or you can head outside and enjoy excellent hiking and swimming along the Rogue River.
- Perfect for a two-guest weekend getaway
- Amazing 180-degree views
- Access to the Rogue River
- Flat screen TV
- Full bathroom with a clawfoot bathtub
Umpqua Lighthouse State Park Yurts
The Umpqua Lighthouse State Park Yurts are a great choice if you’d like to stay in a yurt in the Oregon State Parks system. As you camp in the park, you’ll be able to enjoy swimming, fishing, and non-motorized boating. We definitely recommend taking an afternoon to tour the lighthouse and museum.
Umpqua Lighthouse State Park offers two rustic yurts and six deluxe yurts, four of which are pet friendly. One deluxe yurt is handicap accessible, too. All campers have access to hot showers and flushable toilets.
- Pet-friendly yurts
- Handicap-accessible yurts
- Hot showers and flushable toilets
- Swimming, fishing, boating, and historic lighthouse tours
Harris Beach State Park Yurts
The Harris Beach State Park Yurts are another great place to camp in a State Park. Harris Beach State Park features the largest island off the Oregon coast, and the area is filled with beautiful beaches and vibrant tide pools. Popular activities include beachcombing, flying kites, and wildlife watching (especially during whale migration season).
The park has six yurts, of which three are pet-friendly and one is handicap-accessible. The park also has a playground, flushable toilets, and hot showers.
- Pet-friendly yurts
- Handicap-accessible yurts
- Hot showers and flushable toilets
- Access to scenic beaches and wildlife
More Oregon State Park Yurts
The yurts at Harris Beach State Park and Umpqua Lighthouse State Park are two of our favorites, but they’re not the only yurts available in Oregon State Parks. For a full list of the yurt rentals available throughout the State Parks system, check the Oregon State Parks Cabins and Yurts listings online.
As you’re browsing the listings, you’ll see there are two types of yurts in Oregon State Parks: deluxe yurts and rustic yurts. Deluxe units are larger (about 24 feet in diameter), offering enough space for up to seven guests. They provide kitchen facilities and a bathroom with a shower.
Rustic yurts are a little smaller, usually around 16 feet in diameter. They can sleep five guests, and provide electricity, heat, and a fire pit.
Whether you choose to stay in a deluxe or rustic yurt, you’ll need to bring your own bedding, food, and dishes. Some yurts are pet friendly and there are handicap-accessible units, though availability is limited.
Things to Do
Wherever you choose to get your glamp on, there’s no shortage of fun activities to enjoy in Oregon.
Staying at the Bay City Yurt? Check out the 18-hole golf course nearby at the Bay Valley Resort. Visit the Tillamook Creamery for a guided tour with delicious samples, or drive along the Cape Meares Loop to see the historic lighthouse. The Tillamook Air Museum is another great local attraction with hundreds of vintage airplanes. Be sure to enjoy some beach combing and hiking during your stay, too, as there are plenty of scenic beaches and beautiful trails in the area.
Staying at the Celestial Yurt at Tired Dog Ranch? Bring your winter gear and hit the slopes at the Willamette Pass Resort. It’s family-friendly and great for skiers of any skill level. The nearby communities of Oakridge and Westfir also regularly host special events, from outdoor concerts in the summer to an annual mountain bike marathon. There are also hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails in the area, so bring your boots and bikes!
Planning to book the Bradley Vineyards Yurt? Be sure to take advantage of the beautiful Umpqua River. There are a number of neighboring wineries and restaurants nearby, many of which you can walk or bike to. Tomaselli’s Pastry Mill and Cafe is a popular local restaurant that serves pizza, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while El Guerrero Azteca has the best Mexican food in town. You may also want to stop by the Tasting Room at the River’s Edge Winery, or do a little fishing with Jody Smith Guide Service.
No matter which yurt you select, you’ll find a variety of fun and interesting activities to enjoy nearby. Happy camping!