Oregon really knows how to run their state parks. We’ve often enjoyed their amenities when on the road in the Pacific Northwest. Their parks are clean and well taken care of, and with free hot showers, there isn’t a real good reason to spend extra on a hotel if you’re on a tight budget. About the only thing that has driven us to a hotel is cold and stormy weather. A regular tent can be dismal place to be in heavy rain that lasts for hours. Yurts are an alternative in between a tent and a hotel, while not giving up that great camping feeling.
Spring Break came earlier this year, and our fat bike beach adventure was timed perfectly to line up with days of rain. We decided to give the Yurts a try at Bullards Beach State Park, located just north of Bandon near the ocean. We reserved a pet friendly yurt in advance for $51 per night ($41 without pets). Still officially winter when we arrived, we had very few neighbors in the campground.
Amenities in our yurt included beds for 5 (bring your own bedding/sleeping bags), light, heat, electrical outlet, table and chairs for two, and a locking front door. Our yurt was configured for winter with all the windows zipped down. While it never got too cold, it was nice to just click on the heater to take off the chill. For summer use, the windows can be rolled up, and the skylight can be opened to vent excess heat. There is no cooking in the yurt, but there is a picnic table and fire ring out front. There is also a covered porch, and we setup our gas stove on it when it was raining. Bathrooms and showers were just a short walk away.
We had plenty of breaks in the rain for activities, but when the rain did come, we retreated back to the yurt. There was enough room to relax, eat our meals, and store our bikes. The yurt really protects you from the weather, but there is still plenty of outdoor noise to remind you that you’re still camping (a raccoon brawl under the yurt one night being one of these reminders). Since we were staying for a few days, it was also nice to be able to easily recharge our phones and cameras. Showers and bathrooms were just a short walk away from the yurt too. The yurts really are practical year-round with the temperate climate of the coast. If you’re looking to camp comfortably in the off seasons, the yurts are highly recommended!
More yurt info on the Oregon State Parks page HERE.