Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Wonderful World of Yurts

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Wonderful World of Yurts

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Stumbling upon completion of mile nine of a long, grueling day on the trail, you decide it's time to call it quits. Your legs ache worse than you ever thought possible; you have successfully grown blisters on top of pre-existing blisters on your weary feet. Fumbling in your pack for that last energy bar, there is nothing less appealing at this moment than the prospect of setting up a tent.

Increasingly, exhausted hikers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers are turning to the Spartan comfort of backcountry yurts.

What's a yurt, you may ask? A yurt is a circular, domed, framed-canvas structure that takes its inspiration from Mongolia, where it served as the perfect home for the nomadic tribes that once wandered the vast, treeless steppes of central Asia.

Alan Bair, president of Pacific Yurts, Inc., in Cottage Grove, Oregon, developed the environmentally friendly contemporary model in 1978. It has become one of the hottest things in camping.

"If I had a dollar for everybody who asked me what a yurt was, I'd be a millionaire," said Bair.

An Immediate Success

In January 1994, Craig Tutor, manager of public services at Oregon State Parks, brought the first two yurts to Cape Lookout State Park in Tillamook. The domed structures -- with their finished floors, solar skylights, lockable doors, and room for eight -- were an immediate success. The fact that they can be put up or taken down in less than a day and range in price from $2,680 to $7,790 per unit made them a hit with park officials, as well. …

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