Camp Out in a Yurt

Photo by Jake Campbell

Just a short drive north of Seattle, simple weekend getaways don’t get much better than a stay in one of Snohomish County Parks system’s yurt villages. You can commune with nature, grill your dinner over an open fire and sleep in comfort when the day is done.

These canvas yurts offer a turn-key approach to camping; guests simply furnish their own sleeping bags and pillows. Each yurt has a futon, bunk bed, and coffee table, with a picnic table and fire ring outdoors. The structures have electric outlets, skylights, heat, interior lighting, windows with screens, lockable doors and decks. Guests have access to centralized heated restrooms with showers.

The Yurt Village at Kayak Point Park is located on a bluff above Port Susan near Stanwood. Each of the 10 16-foot-diameter yurts can accommodate up to five people. Yurt campers have exclusive use of the yurt village’s kitchen shelter.

Inland, on the Stillaguamish River, the Yurt Village at River Meadows Park near Arlington offers six yurts set within an old orchard. Yurts come in 16- and 20-foot diameters and can accommodate five to eight people.

To reserve a Snohomish County Parks yurt, visit snohomishcountywa.gov/1193/Yurt-Camping. Find dining and other attractions in Snohomish County at snohomish.org.