Colorado offers endless opportunities for outdoor exploration. If you’d like to try something a bit different than traditional camping, I encourage you to check out the backcountry yurts available throughout our state. Interested in booking a reservation? Here’s what you need to know about yurts in Colorado:
What Are Yurts?
If you’ve never heard of yurts, you’re not alone! These structures are reminiscent of tents used by nomads in the steppes of Mongolia and Siberia. They’re constructed on a wooden frame and enclosed by a circular tent, and often feature windows or skylights for illumination. Colorado State Parks offer several yurts, which are great for casual campers and experienced backcountry travelers. Here’s where you can find them in our state:
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Golden Gate Canyon is located about 30 miles west of Denver in the small town of Golden, Colorado. For those wanting to stay close to Boulder, Golden Gate Canyon offers two yurts on the Reverend’s Ridge campground. Each yurt has a capacity of six people, and is equipped with two bunk beds and a twin bed.
Sylvan Lake State Park
Sylvan Lake State Park is tucked away near Eagle, Colorado, which is a 2.5-hour drive from Boulder. This state park offers three yurts, all of which are located in a quiet spot about nine miles from the campground sites and cabins. These yurts are furnished with two double futons and one set of bunk beds, which can comfortably accommodate six people. They’re also heated and have solar lighting, plus access to a picnic table and firepit with a grill.
Pearl Lake State Park
Pearl Lake State Park is located in Clark, Colorado (which is about a 3.5-hour drive from Boulder). This venue has two yurts available for reservation, although a minimum stay of two nights is required from May 1st through November 30th. The Pearl Lake yurts are well-furnished, and you’ll enjoy access to a picnic table, deck chairs, and two sets of bunk beds. This is a fantastic destination for summer camping. Campers beware–if you want to visit the yurts during the snowy season, they’re only accessible by ski or snowshoe.
Ridgway State Park
Ridgway State Park is part of Ouray County, four miles north of the town of Ridgway. Here, you’ll find three yurts on the Dutch Charlie site. These are great year-round, as they have a ceiling fan and screened windows to keep guests cool during the summer and insulated walls and a propane fireplace for the colder months.
Mancos State Park
If you’re planning a long road trip but still want to stay in Colorado, you need to check out the yurts at Mancos State Park. This state park is located in Mancos, a small town in the southwestern region of our state. The yurts are located in campsites 22 and 24 and are available year-round. These structures are equipped with pinewood floors, a ceiling fan, large screened windows, and a skylight.
If you’re ready to explore the great outdoors this year, our state offers incredible experiences. For those who want to enjoy camping in more comfortable quarters, staying in the yurts is a fun way to accomplish this. Here’s to an adventurous year with plenty of time in nature!