GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted August
5th, 2013


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YurtsOcean Mesa
at El
Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara, Calif
ornia is
widely known as one of the finest glamping locations on the West Coast with more
than 100 finely furnished park model cabins. But the resort is also finding
success with its newest type of rental accommodation: Yurts.

Yurts are modern versions of the types of the ancient shelters
that were used by Central Asian nomads. They are circular structures with
domed roofs and usually have a lattice wood frame and canvass or other
material that’s stretched tightly around them. They also have an opening in
the domelike ceiling to let the light in – some also have traditional windows
as well as bathrooms and even kitchens.

El Capitan Canyon has six fully furnished yurts, each of which can
sleep four people. They complement the resort’s 109 park model cabins and 26
furnished safari tents. “Yurts appeal to our campers who like to be in a
tent. But yurts feel more solid than a tent,” said Terri Bowman, managing
partner of El Capitan Canyon. “You’re not as insulated from nature as you are
when you stay in a cabin. But you can still lock the door.”

Growing numbers of campgrounds across the country are adding
yurts, according to Alair Bair, president of Cottage, Ore.-based Pacific
Yurts, the world’s largest yurt manufacturer. Campgrounds are also
increasingly equipping their yurts with kitchenettes and bathrooms and other
interior amenities.

a listing of all campgrounds that offer yurts as an accommodation