Tips for booking cabins, yurts & rustic shelters

Cabins along the shoreline
January 19, 2016
The Adventure...
Do you love the outdoors but aren’t so keen on sleeping on the ground? Cabins and yurts are your ticket to a more civilized camping experience. Comfortable furnishings, electricity and heat make the perfect marriage of camping and modern accommodations.
The Basics

Yurts


These circular, domed tents with extra-heavy and durable canvas are spacious and cozy inside. They even come with an interior skylight for stargazing from your bed. Roll up the exterior panels for nearly floor to ceiling, screened windows that keep your yurt bright and cheery. You’ll find yurts in several state parks, such as Kanaskat-Palmer State Park in the Green River Gorge.
Yurt interior at Kanaskat-Palmer State Park. Photo by Jon Humbert.

Cabins


Our cozy, wooden cabins have windows, hardwood floors, covered porches and furnishings and can accommodate two, four or even six people. Better yet, a few deluxe cabins, such as those at Cama Beach State Park, even have small bathrooms and kitchens. We’re excited to announce that coming this spring, Lincoln Rock State Park will have eight new deluxe cabins—in addition to the four existing—in a brand new camp loop. These new cabins will accommodate up to five people and will have kitchenettes and a bathroom with a shower. Truly deluxe!! You’ll be able to reserve one of the new cabins beginning in early March 2016. These cabins are available seasonally May 15 through Sept. 30.
The new camp loop at Lincoln Rock State Park includes eight brand new deluxe cabins.
Trip Planner...
Summer spots in cabins and yurts fill up quickly! To help you secure your dream destination, here are a few tips:

1.

What’s the best way to secure a spot?


Make your reservation early. Cabins and yurts are popular, so it’s best to make your camping reservation as soon as possible. Keep in mind that there’s often a better chance of openings mid-week and in the shoulder seasons, May and September-October. To reserve cabins at Camano Island and Cama Beach state parks, you’ll need to contact the parks directly at 360-387-1550.

2. How soon can I make a reservation?


Pick an arrival date, then count nine months backwards. That’s the earliest you can secure your destination.
Conconully State Park in north central Washington has a few cozy cabins for a lakeside getaway.

3. I’m having trouble finding a spot – help?


While they can’t make your reservation for you, the State Parks Information Center Team can help. Tell them the time of year you’d like to plan your vacation and they’ll work with you to locate an available cabin or yurt. The Information Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling (360) 902-8844.

4. Are weekdays a good time for vacations?


Absolutely! Summer weekends are the busiest times for state parks, so planning your vacation during the middle of the week may mean fewer crowds—and more cabin and yurt options.

5. What else do I need to know?


You’ll need to bring your own bedding and towels.

Bonus tip!


Don’t want to wait for summer to stay in a cabin or yurt? The off-season is a great time to try out many of these accommodations. Cabins and yurts have heaters to keep you cozy and are watertight for a dry overnight adventure. They’re like your home away from home in Washington’s great outdoors. Plus, some cabins and yurts have even more affordable rates during the winter. Check to see what’s available!
Adventure Samples
Need accommodations for your camping companion? Some Washington state parks have pet-friendly cabins and yurts. Here’s a list of cabins and yurts where you can bring your four-legged family member:
Yurt 25 at Grayland Beach State Park  is just one of three pet-friendly yurts offered at the park.
Note: Pets cost an extra $15 per night (plus tax).

Making your reservations online or by phone…
Call 1-888-CAMP-OUT or 1-888-226-7688 or visit the State Parks reservation website to secure your spot!

Check out some other unique facilities for overnight adventures!
Platform tents, teepees, vacation houses and even a historic fire lookout await you at state parks. And if all these options still seem a little too rustic for your tastes, take a look at our glamping opportunities at Moran State Park and Millersylvania State Park.

So, what’s your pick —yurts, cabins or …?
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Originally published Sept. 23, 2013. Revised.