Sleep In The Round! Yurt Camping Creede Colorado

camping in a yurt

It was time to get off the ground and try something new!
Yurt Camping! 
In a new destination--Creede, Colorado! Yee Haw!

If you're new to this cozy accommodation, we have a brief description, tips and story about our YURT camping experience in Creede. 

Yurt

The yurt construction is quite interesting--based on compression and tension working together creating a pressure support system.

The walls are made from a lattice. There is an opening (ring) at the top of the yurt which is under pressure from the angled poles inserted (or connected) to a tension band at the wall. Larger yurts may have support beams around the wall and tension bands on the outside as shown below. 

Of course there are other modifications depending on culture, climate and available materials. 

If you "Yurnt" for more, here is Wikipedia's explanation. Give me more Yurt Info

Now for the story and tips...................

I think I mentioned we are from Colorado, but one place we had never ventured, was into the small town of Creede. It was a bonus to find a yurt AND mountain bike trails outside our door! 

What's it like,  camping in a yurt?        It's great!        Just try it!          We loved it!

After years of camping and squatting in the woods, I was ready for an inside toilet seat,
but still wanted to be secluded.
Colorado high country camping is different then lower elevations. It took me awhile to adjust from Midwest camping where there is noise all night long

The nights are, for the most part, Silent, only to hear the wind through the trees.
Of course every location will be different, we must have been around 10,000 feet, it was summer and very cool at that elevation.
Our views of the  San Juan Mountains were SWEEEEET! 
See the map below for the location....................

The map is interactive- so play away! You can see Telluride to the West and Durango will be to the Southwest, Creede is located in the southern most part of the state, slightly west. 
Creede was a booming silver mining town in the late 1800's.
Elevation: 8,852 feet. 

Now here are some tips to consider (and ask about) before you book your yurt: 

  • Early Bird Gets The...... Well, you know. Reserve early. ​The prices for renting a yurt can vary, anywhere from $26 to well over $200 depending on location, age, size and amenities.
  • What's It Got? --Ask what supplies are stocked in the yurt. Most yurts will be have kitchen cookware and utensils, however some require you to bring your own towels and bedding. We brought a cooler as there was no fridge or electricity up in those hills.
    If its important to have hot water while bathing, you might want to ask about that, we heated water on the stove for the portable shower.
    and what about that water?? Will you be melting snow? Maybe, or you might get lucky with a well or running water, woo hoo!
  • Is Your Yurt-O (my slang)-- accessible by car all year round? Do you need a 4-wheel drive? If it's winter, it might be only accessible by snow shoes or skis, YEP! YEP!
  • Got HEAT?-- Most yurts will have a woodburning stove and wood ( or wood to chop) for your use. Our yurt was very warm. Our host supplied instructions, but it wouldn't hurt to review a "how to" guide or ask if instructions are provided.
    Also will you be chopping the wood or will it be supplied?
  • Power Sources--Our yurt had solar panels to charge a lantern. Electricity available? Better yet, any cell phone signals where your heading? We did not have any and we were happy for the break!
  • What-cha Gonna Do? Be a hermit, cool, cool. If your ready to explore the area, ask your host about the nearby trails, are they restricted to any type of activity etc? 
  • Can You Bring Rover? Good question! This really varies by yurt and season. Just ask.
  • What about that ring in the sky? I love sleeping under the stars, but for me, morning light can sometimes, well, suck. The ring at the top of most yurts will be uncovered, great for star gazing. We decided to sleep in, so hubby brought a extra sheet and a clothesline and he built a little tent above our head- It was PERFECT!

Now a little about our trip and Creede, Colorado and a picture of the yurt we stayed in.

Yurt in Creede Colorado

PRETTY INCREDIBLE, HUH!? Gives me chills just seeing that view again.

Let's get to the mountain bike riding, its what we love.
Like I mentioned above, I believe the yurt's location was around 10,000 feet and there were trails nearby. If you are starting your incline at that kind of elevation be ready to breathe- HARD!

We have taken on many trails, but these Frick-en Trails ate us up! Gut-wrenching! Not technically, but at that altitude--BE IN SHAPE! DAMN GOOD SHAPE!  We had fun anyway and met many a llama on the trails too!

What else? Well, we cooked, played games, we hit the 4-wheel drive roads, hiked, chopped wood, enjoyed the magnificent views and sipped some wine--All Good!
Don't worry, there are other "moderate" trails for hiking, horseback riding and cycling, here's a great site for Creede's trail systems, the town, and activities-HERE

We did take a day and checked out the town, you will get all kinds of information from the link above, but I want to mention that Rare Things Gallery of Treasures is incredible! I'm not really into shopping for souvenirs, but I found a very unique wood sculpture that will be with us forever! Its so different, I would have a hard time even describing it.  

Yurt camping has really increased in popularity. If you looking for a yurt in a certain area, I suggest that you just Google Yurts in "          " and put in the state you will be visiting.

Here are the states we know have yurts for rent;  Oregon, Georgia, Washington State, Colorado, Utah, California, Delaware, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Montana, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Virginia, Arkansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Kansas, New York, North Carolina, Florida, Connecticut and Minnesota. Now check out one in your destination. 

If you would like to check out the Yurt we stayed in, its now on Airbnb! Mark is a great guy! Say Hi for me! 
Here's the link : Creede Yurt

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