State and Federal Cabins and Yurts for Rent

Many state and federal parks, recreation areas, forests and other public lands have cabins and yurts for rent, and these are good alternatives to tents, RVs or hotels.

The federal properties are generally older, not always as civilized as you might like (think “outhouse”) and fairly remote (which is good so long as you can get there and back with your vehicle of choice). The state properties tend to be grouped in with tent and RV campers, so they are usually accessible to any vehicle but less private.

You can see where these facilities are, how to get to them and reserve them on individual websites or through RECREATION.GOV or RESERVEAMERICA.

Below is my select list based on places I would like to visit or visit again or visit differently by staying in a yurt or cabin; so it’s not a complete list at all. Surprisingly, both California and New Mexico had little to offer. In Oregon you can’t go 5 feet without running into a state-owned cabin or yurt!

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STATEFACILITY NAMENEAR BYTYPE# $ PER DAYCAN RESERVE X MONTHS IN ADVANCE
UTAHPODUNK GUARD STATIONBRYCE CANYON (17 MI/1 HOUR)CABIN1$306 MONTHS
UTAHKODACHROME BASIN STATE PARKKODACHROME BASIN STATE PARK, BRYCE CANYON (22 MI/35 MINUTES)BUNKHOUSE2$1054 MONTHS
UTAHDead Horse Point State ParkDead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands NP (12 MILES/20 MINUTES), Arches National Park (29 miles/30 minutes)YURTS9$1204 MONTHS
UTAHCOWPUNCHER GUARD STATION Sightseeing along Road 153, Hells Backbone Road, and Utah Highway 12. GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE is 21 MILES/1.45 MINUTES awayYURT1$456 MONTHS
WYOMINGHOBACK GUARD STATIONCliff Creek Falls, Snake River Canyon begins just 15 miles west, with excellent rafting, kayaking, fishing and scenery. Grand Teton National Park (46 miles/1 hour)CABIN1$306 MONTHS
WYOMINGBoysen State ParkWind River CanyonCABIN3$504 MONTHS
WYOMINGSinks Canyon State ParkAbsaroka Mountains, Brooks Lakes, Brooks Lakes FallsYURTS4$464 MONTHS
MONTANASTAR MEADOWS GUARD STATIONGlacier National Park 54 MILES/ 1.5 HOURSCABIN1$756 MONTHS
MONTANABEN ROVER CABINGlacier National Park 25 MILES/ 1 hour to Apgar Visitor Center at Lake McDonaldCABIN1$506 MONTHS
MONTANASCHNAUS CABINGlacier National Park 36 MILES/ 1.5 HOURSCABIN1$506 MONTHS
IDAHOCastle Rocks State ParkCity of Rocks National ReserveCABIN, YURT1 OF EACHYURT: $55.00-$135.00
CABIN: $150.00-$165.00
9 MONTHS
IDAHOREDFISH CABINTown of Stanley, "The front porch offers stunning views of the Sawtooth Wilderness and Redfish Lake. "CABIN1$656 MONTHS
OREGONAlfred A. Loeb State ParkPacific ocean, rocks, sea creatures!CABIN3$429 MONTHS
OREGONBeachside State Recreation SiteYURT2$479 MONTHS
OREGONBeverly Beach State ParkYURT21$479 MONTHS
OREGONBullards Beach State ParkYURT13$439 MONTHS
OREGONCape Blanco State ParkCABIN4$439 MONTHS
OREGONCape Lookout State ParkYURT13$479 MONTHS
OREGONCarl G. Washburne Memorial State ParkYURT2$469 MONTHS
OREGONChampoeg State Heritage AreaCABIN AND YURT6 EACH$439 MONTHS
OREGONDevil's Lake State Recreation AreaYURT10$479 MONTHS
OREGONEmigrant Springs State Heritage AreaCABIN6$439 MONTHS
OREGONFarewell Bend State Recreation AreaCABIN2$469 MONTHS
OREGONFort Stevens State ParkYURT15$489 MONTHS
OREGONHarris Beach State ParkYURT6$559 MONTHS
OREGONJasper Point (Prineville Reservoir)CABIN1$529 MONTHS
OREGONJessie M. Honeyman Memorial State ParkYURT10$569 MONTHS
OREGONL.L. Stub Stewart State ParkCABIN15$579 MONTHS
OREGONLaPine State ParkCABIN5$569 MONTHS
OREGONNehalem Bay State ParkYURT18$479 MONTHS
OREGONPrineville Reservoir State ParkCABIN ("DELUXE")5$899 MONTHS
OREGONSilver Falls State ParkCABIN$439 MONTHS
OREGONSouth Beach State ParkYURT27$479 MONTHS
OREGONSunset Bay State ParkYURT8$439 MONTHS
OREGONThe Cove Palisades State ParkCABIN ("DELUXE")3$899 MONTHS
OREGONTumalo State ParkYURT3$469 MONTHS
OREGONUmpqua Lighthouse State ParkYURTS2 RUSTIC
2 DELUXE
$53
$92
9 MONTHS
OREGONUnity Lake State Recreation SiteCABINS$569 MONTHS
OREGONValley of the Rogue State ParkYURTS8$539 MONTHS
OREGONWallowa Lake State ParkYURTS2$559 MONTHS
OREGONWilliam M. Tugman State ParkYURT16$569 MONTHS
CALIFORNIABIG MEADOWS CABINKings Canyon NP (13 Miles/36 minutes to John Muir Lodge)CABIN1$125.006 MONTHS