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Tuesdays Tip of the Day: Change It Up


I know for some, change is resisted or disliked and for others it is welcomed with open arms. I’m one of those people that loves change and encourages it at times.

Today I am encouraging YOU to CHANGE IT UP.

If you always camp in a tent try out a yurt or teepee. Do some research and see what’s available in your area.

If you always camp in an RV or trailer, try out a tent. If you don’t have a tent, borrow or rent one.

If you always rent a cabin give a tent a try.

If you’ve never camped, borrow or rent a tent and pitch it in your backyard. It’ll be a great experience and more than likely you will love it and so will your tykes.

We have camped in a tent, roof top tent, RV, trailer and cabins but we have never slept in a teepee and until last week we had never experienced camping in a yurt.

I discovered that Goblin Valley State Park, only 2 hours from Moab, has new yurts at the park. I reserved one back in March and I’m so happy I did.

We arrived at the yurt around 1:00pm and not thinking that there was a check-in time we were a bit early. We had to occupy ourselves for 2hrs, so we drove to Capital Reef National Park, grabbed some great burgers at Stan’s Burger Shak on the way and then returned to the yurt around 5:00 to get settled in.

Because there was such an awful wind/sandstorm occurring I was relieved we didnt’ have to pitch a tent or raise the roof top tent. (That would have been impossible. The wind would have ripped the roof top tent to shreds.)

There are 2 yurts available at the park and we had reservations for yurt #2. The yurts are not labeled or somehow we missed the numbers. Maybe there were buried in by the sand storm. Who knows. One of the yurts you are able to park directly in front of and the other one you have to park and walk about 100 yards. (I’m not good with distance so it seemed like a long ways. In reality, it probably isn’t.) Bedge tried the lock box on the conveniently located yurt and he couldn’t open the box. He braved the sandstorm and walked to the other yurt. With success he opened the 2nd lock box. I loved the location of the 2nd yurt but the fact you couldn’t drive up to it and you had to haul all your gear and H E A V Y cooler to it was a bit of a pain. Especially, while eating copious amounts of sand.

Front of the yurt.


Side of the yurt.


Other side of the yurt.

We lugged all our gear to the yurt and got settled in.

The yurt (or tent on steroids as A Little Campy said) was furnished with a bunk bed, futon, table with 4 chairs, bookcase, swamp cooler and heater (perfect temperature control for year round visits). Outside on the deck was a grill and 2 adirondack chairs. Next to the yurt was a picnic table and fire ring. J-Man was super excited to sleep on the top of the bunk beds (a new experience for him), but totally bummed that we couldn’t make our yummy campfire desert, Campfire Cones, in the fire ring. The wind was still blowing too much for a fire. I promised J-Man we would make them during our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park at the end of the month. That seemed to appease him. Even thought the yurt is tucked into some sandstone formations it was still quite windy. The wind didn’t really die down until it was almost J-Man’s bedtime.

 Inside the yurt.


Hanging on the deck having some snacks.

After J-Man went to bed Bedge and I relaxed on the deck, cozy in the adirondack chairs, enjoying each others company and  relaxing (with a couple beverages of choice).

I’m so glad I reserved the yurt. It was a fun stay, with no prep work of setting up any type of structure, it had some nice amenities and it was great to try something different.

So change it up!


Have you ever stayed in a yurt, teepee? How do you usually camp (tent, RV, trailer…)?






 The Change Is Good Picture is courtesy of Liz Green.



  1. I hate wind, but I love yurts. We stayed in once on the Oregon coast and it was awesome and in a beautiful park. The location of these yurts is amazing and the rock surrounding is beautiful. We tend to change it up as well, sometimes tent, sometimes cabin, sometimes yurt, sometimes hotel, but have not done a teepee yet. The kids would love that. Glad you had a fun time!

  2. Looks gorgeous… one of these days we’ll have to come south of the border. Change can be lots of fun – we’ve recently stayed in a trailer for the first time and I’m looking at doing the teepee thing later this summer. We’re also going to change it up by doing a canoe backcountry trip.

  3. This is awesome!! I’m so glad you shared this, I am SOOOO reserving one! Do they fill up fast?

  4. We stayed in a yurt this past winter. It was nice because we didn’t have to deal with setting up our tent and it came with a built in heater. We had a great time and the kids still talk about staying in the yurt. Thanks so much for the shout out 🙂


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