Navigate Up
Parks and Recreation Menu +


Published on: 1/5/2015 3:43 PM

What is a Yurt?

yurtA yurt is a circular, domed, tent-like shelter with a wooden floor, 10 foot ceiling and canvas sides. It's sturdier than a tent and much more comfortable - offering bunk beds with mattresses, fold out futons, locking doors, and a wrap around deck!
Your family or group of friends can be indoors for eating, playing games, relaxing or sleeping. An outdoor picnic table, fire ring, outside food locker are at your site; free nearby showers are available. It's a convenient venue for a local vacation or special events like birthdays and anniversaries. It's less expensive than a hotel, much easier than a tent and you still get to enjoy the great outdoors!

Yurts shown are representative examples

3 Yurt sizes, 3 costs fit any budget. View yurt sizes and fees.

Here's all you need to bring!
  • Flashlight and battery-operated lantern
  • Sleeping bags/pillows
  • Cooler with food & beverages
  • Camp stove and cooking utensils(a BBQ pit is at your site)
  • Firewood & matches (red flag days limit fires)
  • Towel/Toiletries
  • Lawn Chairs
  • Camera

bootsLayered clothing is recommended, mornings can be cool and sometimes foggy. Bring rain gear January through March and don't forget to pack good walking shoes.

Reserve your yurt today. Reservations can be made by calling (408) 355-2201 Mon. thru Fri. 8:30 am to 12 pm, 1 pm to 4 pm or can be made online!  Call the park office at 408.842.2341 for availability.

Yurts shown are representative examples

Guidelines for Yurt Camping - Rules are subject to change

  • Check-in begins at 3:00 pm.
  • Check out is no later than 12:00 pm.
  • Bedding/pillows are not included.
  • For health and safety reasons you may not exceed Yurt capacity.
  • Safety lighting is in place, but there are no electric outlets.
  • Candles, camp stoves or any device with open flame are not permitted inside the Yurt.
  • Cooking is not permitted inside the Yurts.
  • Generators are not permitted at Yurt sites or inside the Yurt.
  • Running water is available via a faucet near each Yurt.
  • Sites 125 (16 foot) and site 128 (20 foot) are pet friendly Yurts. The remaining yurts will continue to be pet free.
  • Top bunks are for adults and children over the age of six.
  • Only one person may occupy a top bunk at any time.
  • Smoking is not permitted in Yurts.

Mt. Madonna is dominated by the redwood forest characteristic of the Santa Cruz Mountain range and offers one of the County's few ocean vistas. Popular attractions are extensive hiking and equestrian trails, and the Miller House ruins. View the map of Mt. Madonna and its campgrounds.

Stay tuned, County Parks intends to expand Yurt camping into our other parks in the near future!

Back to top

Contact County Disclaimer