26 May
2015
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Camping Yurt Style

sunset view at Guernsey State Park Wyoming

Two years ago we tent camped in Guernsey State Park in southeastern Wyoming. We were on a drive through the park when we noticed a group of yurts at the top of a point overlooking the reservoir. We’ve been wanting to try them since then but didn’t get around to it until this last weekend.

yurt at Guernsey State Park Wyoming

The final nudge for me to make yurt camping happen was our oldest son’s experience camping with his Boy Scout troop in December in the yurts at Guernsey State Park. He had nothing but good things to say and wanted the rest of us to experience the yurts. I wasn’t willing to do it in the winter, although that’s an option for people more cold-tolerant than I am.

yurt at Guernsey State Park Wyoming

Memorial Day weekend seemed a perfect chance. Guernsey State Park has four yurts. We stayed in #4 which is the farthest from the outhouse facilities but also farthest from the other yurts. The view from our yurt was amazing with no trees to block the expansive horizon.

yurt at Guernsey State Park Wyoming

The yurts sleep eight. There are two sets of large, rustic, pine bunk beds. The bottom of one bunk bed converts from couch to bed. The beds have mattresses. We brought sleeping bags and pillows. There’s also a table with three chairs and an armrest chair. There’s a wood stove for heat, a ceiling fan and a spot in the roof that will open for a vent. Two large side windows have detachable covers to allow for airflow through screens. Each yurt is solar-powered which operates the fan, inside lights and an outdoor light. There’s no cooking in the yurts. Each has a fire pit and wood-burning grill. There’s also a deck with a good-sized picnic table and extra bench. We reserved the yurt online. Each yurt is $40 per night plus a $50 refundable deposit.

yurt at Guernsey State Park Wyoming

I’m sold on yurt camping. The inside was spacious, even for the six of us. It was nice to have a deck to congregate on while we watched a full rainbow appear through the clouds and the sunset over the reservoir. It rained during the night, and it was much better to have solid walls than a flapping nylon tent.

view of Guernsey State Park Wyoming

Being tent campers, the yurts felt indulgent. For people who don’t like the idea of tent camping and don’t have a RV of some sort available, I highly recommend giving yurts a try.

the Castle at Guernsey State Park Wyoming

Guernsey State Park has several miles of hiking trails which feature views of the dam and water. One of our favorite places to explore is the Castle which is one of several things in the park built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Castle is a small structure featuring a large fireplace and winding staircase to a viewing area of the park. Our kids’ imaginations run wild at the Castle. There are multiple campgrounds and day use areas for visitors to enjoy the park. I know we’ll be back to stay in a yurt.

almost full rainbow

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