Yurting in North Dakota

Unique year-round camping option awaits in state parks

For centuries, the people living in the vast expanse of Mongolia have lived in traditional yurts. The simple yet sturdy structures are dwellings that fall somewhere between a tent and cabin, the perfect choice for transitioning between fall and winter camping. All have heat and electricity, meaning there’s no need to stoke the fire after returning from a chilly hike.

In North Dakota, three state parks feature yurts as part of their lodging packages: Cross Ranch State Park near Washburn, Lake Metigoshe State Park near Bottineau and Fort Ransom State Park near Fort Ransom.

The heated and sturdy framed circular structures are a step up from roughing in but not to the level of glamping, even though the newest yurts at Fort Ransom take the experience to a new level. The new yurts at Fort Ransom have two bedrooms, lofts and full bathroom - a luxury not seen in a lot of places. Cross Ranch State Park has three yurts and Lake Metigoshe has another. All three parks have excellent year-round recreational opportunities.

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