Minnesota offers yurts for new camping experience

Myre-Big Island State Park

CROSBY, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials are planning to offer yurts as new shelters for campers looking for a different state park experience.

The St. Cloud Times reports (http://on.sctimes.com/1t1G5xH ) the state Department of Natural Resources will open the nomadic shelters in September as part of a pilot program. Three yurts at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area and two each at Glendalough and Afton state parks will be equipped with woodstoves for year-round use. The dwellings look like a cross between a tent and a tepee.

The Colorado Yurt Co. shelters cost $13,000 each. The pilot program’s cost so far is nearly $570,000.

The cost of renting a yurt will be about the same as a cabin, around $45-$65. A DNR operations manager says visitors can hike, bike or paddle to the sites.

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