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11 Best Airbnb Yurts Near Yosemite National Park - Updated 2020

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Chia Han Keong
Chia Han Keong

One of the great pleasures of touring the United States is visiting its scenic national parks, and California’s Yosemite National Park is among the most popular destinations. It is easy to see why, with the park boasting spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves and biological diversity. With the park hitting five million annual visitors in 2016, many accommodations have sprung up near the national park for travelers to beat the inevitable heavy traffic in and out of the park, and hopefully spend more time enjoying the wondrous vistas. Just don’t forget to bring along your mobile phone or camera to snap Instagram-friendly photos of the beautiful scenery. Check out the best Airbnb yurts near Yosemite National Park.

1. Sophisticated yurt (from USD 150)

There are rustic accommodations available amid the Yosemite Valley, and the area is well-served by amenities such as a visitor center, a convenience store, eateries and even a library. Demand for the lodgings is extremely high, as visitors can then spend a few days exploring the picturesque peaks, waterfalls and lakes in the valley. If you are unable to snare a room, fret not, because there are many good accommodations all around the national park. This yurt rental is further away from the park vicinity, but makes up for it with great comfort amid the private and remote location near the town of Coloma, about three hours from Yosemite. With wooden walls and concrete floor, the yurt is without the drawbacks of a canvas construction, and also has a cozy hot tub for guests to keep cool in the summer. You can even enjoy a river shuttle service along the nearby South Fork American River.


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Sophisticated yurt
Lotus, California, United States
263 reviews
Yurt 1 Bed 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a beautiful and comfortable yurt with all the amenities and some nice extra touches
i could stay there for a long period of time and be completely comfortable with the included amenities
the bed is super comfortable with great sheets
it was very clean and had many kitchen amenities which made cooking a breeze
they have thought of all the details to make it a wonderful and comfortable stay
so easy and clean and peaceful
the space is clean spacious and serene
it has everything you need and is very comfortable clean and nicely decorated
everything in the yurt was clean & useful
the yurt was very nice and clean perfect for a weekend of relaxation in the foothills
bob & faith were wonderful hosts and their yurt was an amazing escape
the hosts were very kind and helpful
the yurt is a one of a kind experience
they were very quick to respond to any questions that i had and very friendly hosts
the hosts were very friendly and knowledgeable of all the best places
amazing location and unique place to stay
loved the location the hot tub
very peaceful and relaxing location right by the river
cool location and the hot tub is awesome
they can expect a relaxing time in a beautiful location
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2. Luxurious yurt with spa/pool and sunset view (from USD 125)

If you are not too eager to join the summer crowd at Yosemite Valley, a great alternative scenic spot is the Glacier Point, about an hour’s drive up from the valley. From the car park, a walkway leads to one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the park, as you can take in miles and miles of scenery of the valley below. The road to the lookout point is closed in winter, although you can enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing at Badger Pass near the start of the road. This luxurious yurt is perched on the edge of a forested ravine with beautiful sunset views near the town of Garden Valley, three hours north of Yosemite. A salt-water vanishing edge pool and spa are available for guest use, as are semi-outdoor showers and a patio area with picnic table.

Sunset Yurt - hot tub/pool
Garden Valley, California, United States
185 reviews
Yurt 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
also very very little cell service and the wifi was pretty slow and spotty
the beautiful pool and gorgeous views were definite highlights
lovely escape with great views amazing pool and killer views
the pool and heated spa were great to catch the sunsets
gorgeous view and the hot tub /pool area is very nice
the bedding and towels were super clean without the sticky smell of a typical hotel sheets
clean quiet private and very comfortable
plenty of supplies to clean up from bbq dinner
the place was clean and the infinity pool was amazing
i’m deeply concerned about the safety and cleanliness of this place
the hosts were extremely responsive
beautiful property and the hosts are great
definitely nice people and great hosts who anticipate the every possible need of their guests
tamara was super responsive
they were very responsive with any questions we had and everything on the property was labeled very clearly
the location is beautiful and serene
this place is absolute paradise
amazing place in the middle of the forest
beautiful place plenty of places to hike and a very cute town close by
it’s a perfect place to get away from the city and relax
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3. Dude Ranch: Cowboy Village (from USD 400)

If you are traveling in a large group around California, and still wish to enjoy watching the stars in a secluded tent accommodation, then this Cowboy Village ranch offers an excellent choice to stay. It has two western cottages – John Wayne on the left and Annie Oakley on the right – and together they can house more than 16 guests. In between them is a hangout spot with lights, tables and a BBQ pit. Guests also have full access to the ranch, where they can learn how to rope, practice archery, feed and groom the animals and of course, gaze at the stars. Horseback riding and shooting come at additional charges.

Dude Ranch: Cowboy Village
Paicines, California, United States
Private room in farm stay 24 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

4. Mountain top yurt in the Redwoods (from USD 79)

Yosemite is not just known for its geographical beauty, but it also contains magnificent flora and fauna within its huge expanse. Near the village of Wawona in the southern region of the park is the Mariposa Grove, where you can find the largest stand of giant sequoias (also known as Sierra Redwoods) in Yosemite. Walk among these trees and you will get a sense of how grand nature can be. If you can’t get enough of these giant trees, you can stay in this yurt accommodation surrounded by Redwoods on top of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about a three-hour drive from Yosemite. The Yurt has electricity, a well-equipped kitchenette, wifi, a large dining room table, a rocking chair and couch. That’s pretty much all you need to spend a few days in peace and tranquility among the giants of the plant kingdom.

Mountain Top Yurt in the Redwoods
Watsonville, California, United States
335 reviews
Yurt 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this little place was perfect very cozy and gives you a great view of mt
the space was immaculate and huge - completely ample and comfortable for the two of us
the yurt is just as pictured very comfortable with the sounds of nature everywhere
amazing place quiet and rustic yet modern and comfortable
had such a lovely night in this private and cozy stay
james and mary added all the thoughtful touches you could wish for and the space was so clean
the yurt is fairly remote quiet extremely clean and quite comfortable
clean place that is behind the owner's house
the yurt is cozy and clean and furnished very aesthetically
james is a wonderful host
lovely gracious host and wonderful hospitality
the hosts are very lovely and helpful
owner was very nice and has yurt stocked with games
james and sarojini were so kind and loving hosts
beautiful location in the redwoods
beautiful location near mount madonna park and center
this a unique location and well worth it
nice cozy place ideal for a weekend getaway
the location is great if you want to get away from civilization for a bit
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5. Lotus yurt in vineyard overlooking Monterey Bay (from USD 149)

If you are looking for a companion trip to your Yosemite National Park getaway, you can consider the scenic Santa Cruz Mountains in central California, about a three-hour drive from the park. Besides having luscious temperate forests with giant Redwood trees among them, the mountain range also has more than 30 wineries, making it a premier producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines since the 1970s. This Lotus Belle yurt accommodation is located right in a vineyard, the Lago Lomita, and has free wifi, a kitchen, as well as a dryer. You can enjoy great views of the ridge-top vineyards on the premises, as well as Monterey Bay in the distance.

Lotus Yurt in Vineyard Overlooking Monterey Bay
Los Gatos, California, United States
143 reviews
Yurt 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
amazing views killer bathroom perfect
there's a fan in there that was enough to keep the place aired
the bed was super comfy and we were given fresh water coffee and muffins
heated yurt and very nice bathroom
the bed is incredibly comfortable and the linens are plush and soft
also very clean bathroom is equipped
everything was super clean
the yurt was very clean and super cozy
the yurt was gorgeous so clean and well appointed and the views incredible
robin is a great host
gracious and hospitable hosts
robin and mark are amazing hosts and the yurt was spectacular
robin and mark are lovely hosts and their yurt is truly remarkable
robin is an excellent host
fantastic place and gorgeous location
i still am processing how beautiful the location is
such a cozy place to stay in a beautiful and quiet location
this place is a great find fun getaway in a gorgeous location
unlike camping the bathroom is super close (but doesn’t feel too close) private and high-end
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6. Yurt on beautiful land (from USD 79)

From the Santa Cruz Mountains, you can head down to the coastal city of the same name, which is situated on the northern tip of the gorgeous Monterey Bay. The city is well-known as a counter-cultural hub with a bohemian feel and youthful vibe, as well as a fun tourist destination with attractions like the Beach Amusement Park and Boardwalk. You can also simply enjoy views of the bay along the numerous beaches around Santa Cruz. This yurt is on a beautiful property on the outskirts of the city, and is great for families or small groups of up to six guests. There is a fire pit outside where you can chat and listen to the night creatures in this serene setting.

Yurt on 20 Beautiful Acres
Soquel, California, United States
369 reviews
Yurt 4 Beds 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there was also a fan and space heater if needed
we had work to do and the wifi was great
heaters were great on a very cold night
i wasn’t the biggest fan of the composting toilet but the outdoor shower was kind of fun
urbanites will be pleasantly surprised almost like a camping experience but with uber comfortable beds and a heater
pretty area and everything was very clean
inside the beds were clean with plenty of extra blankets
yurt is clean and comfy
ashley's place is absolutely beautiful the yurt is spacious clean and incredibly well-stocked
host was great quick response on any questions that i had
she was a great host & we enjoyed our stay
host are very kind
kind hosts and a pleasant experience
the host was very friendly and responsive
i would definitely go to this location again
great location - close enough to get to town but tucked away
the area is beautiful and it is close to santa cruz and other attractions
close enough to santa cruz boardwalk to enjoy during the day
for us it was super ideal to be in a quiet natural place
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7. Yosemite Shuteye (from USD 150)

The most visited location in Yosemite National Park has to be the gorgeous Yosemite Valley. It has the biggest concentration of scenic vistas in the park, with the most famous spots having evocative names such as the El Capitan, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Mirror Lake. Don’t forget to visit the Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America at 739 meters (2,425 feet). It is also well worth jostling with the visiting crowd at the Tunnel View lookout point, where you will get an awe-inspiring overview of the valley with all its granite cliffs and waterfalls. All the roads in the park lead to the valley, so you can base yourself in any town near its four entrances. One of them is Oakhurst, a half-hour drive from the park’s south entrance, where there is a regular bus service into the park several times in the summer months. This private and beautiful yurt accommodation is amid a property in the outskirts of Oakhurst, and has a well-equipped kitchen, indoor fireplace and free wifi for you to enjoy your solitude in comfort.

Yosemite Shuteye, a most romantic getaway...
Oakhurst, California, United States
160 reviews
Yurt 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a big bed a big couch and a great gas fireplace to keep it nice in the cold
luckily there were ample amount of blankets and the most comfortable pillows i have ever slept on
the space heater in the bathroom also creates a comfortable atmosphere to shower in when its chilly out
the outdoor kitchen is an amazing place to have breakfast
the bed is incredibly cozy and warm we didn't get cold at all
great space so clean and very comfortable
extremely clean and exactly as pictured
there is no other perfect place like this very clean too
the space is beautiful peaceful perfectly clean and somehow so luxurious yet rustic at the same time
the yurt is exceptionally clean which says something per my standards
the hosts were so kind and helpful
they are amazing hosts and they showed us around their property
the owners have built this beautiful yurt themselves
wonderful hosts quick responses thoughtful touches throughout the entire space
the hosts are gracious and kind the yurt is an experience like none other
very cute and beautiful place
really interesting place to stay
a wonderful sanctuary close to yosemite
amazing unique experience the location is secluded its perfect for relaxing and spending some time off the grid
a great place to come back to after a long day hiking around the park to relax in
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8. Vegan massage spa retreat

To truly explore the vast expanse of Yosemite National Park, you have to trek its many enjoyable hiking trails. There are more than 800 miles (1,280 kilometres) of trails of varying distances in the park, all rewarding you with close-up looks at great scenery. Top trails include the 17-mile (27.4 km) round-trip hike up the Half Dome, the short half-mile (0.8 km) stroll to the Bridal Veil Falls, or the remote 7-mile (11.3 km) trek around the Upper and Lower Cathedral Lakes. After a day of hiking, what better way to sooth those aching legs than a soothing massage session, which you can enjoy at this yurt accommodation in a spa retreat at Santa Cruz. The yurt has two futon beds, a wood burning stove inside, and even musical instruments for your enjoyment. The host also provides a fully organic smoothie for breakfast, a super food juice and detox oils to take home.

Santa Cruz, California, United States
Yurt 2 Beds 4 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

9. Carmel River yurt retreat

Another great exploration area in Yosemite National Park is at the dammed-up Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in the remote north part of the park. Away from the crowd, travellers can enjoy spectacular scenery in solitude along the dam, and can also embark on many wilderness trails originating from the area. This yurt retreat near Monterey Bay is great for rejuvenation after trekking at the park, with a private hot tub to soak those weary legs and even a DVD home theatre system to unwind with movie screenings. If you still have energy to spare, you can rent bicycles to cycle to the Pacific Coast and even the beautiful Big Sur region nearby.

Carmel River Yurt Retreat
Carmel, California, United States
1019 reviews
Yurt 3 Beds 5 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

10. Luxury tent at Saddle Mountains Tent Village

From Santa Cruz, you can travel all the way to the other side of Monterey Bay, where you will find the town of the same name. Monterey is famous for its huge aquarium as well as the world-famous 17-Mile Drive, a scenic road through the Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach which hugs the coastline and passes famous golf courses, mansions and stunning lookout points. This posh tent accommodation is situated amid the nearby Saddle Mountains Ranch, and has comfy beds, indoor and outdoor seating and a fire pit. Guests can also enjoy full access to amenities at the ranch like a seasonally heated pool, hiking trails and playground.

Luxury Tent at Saddle Mt. Tent Village
16 reviews
Yurt 4 Beds 6 Guests

11. A resort-like camping yurt

Enjoy the perfect balance of nature and comfort by staying at this resort yurt, in which you can indulge in a glamping adventure. The yurt comes with a bunk bed, a lower bed, and a comfortable futon, so it can accommodate five people in total. Other facilities you can enjoy include a refrigerator, a microwave, and showers. You are also welcome to enjoy the shared facilities, like the swimming pool and volleyball court.

Yosemite Pines Resort Yurt
Groveland, California, United States
59 reviews
Yurt 3 Beds 0 Bathrooms

Top-notch nature playground

With so many scenic areas to explore and so many activities to partake in, it is no wonder that Yosemite National Park has earned a global reputation for being a top-notch nature playground. While you may need to share the most popular scenic places with hundreds of other like-minded visitors, the park is huge enough to have many other pockets of picturesque vistas you can enjoy in quietude. And what better way to enjoy the park than to book a yurt accommodation nearby, and experience the splendors of Yosemite at your own pace.

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Han Keong is a former sports journalist in Singapore whose lifelong passions are travel and music.

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