We have stayed in a lot of different types of campgrounds but usually do so in our little teardrop. We were recently given the opportunity to stay in a yurt, which we have never done before and thought we should try it out. We packed up and drove the 3.5 hours from Portland to just south of Sunriver to stay at Thousand Trails Bend-Sunriver RV Campground.
The campground is massive with 317 sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Yurts and cabins of different sizes for rent as well. There is something for every type of camper here.
The main campsites were equipped with fire-rings and picnic tables. Many have power (mainly 30 amp, with a few 50 amp), however there are no sewer connections. The tent area (dry camp) is a field where you can pick a spot and just pitch your tent. There are restrooms/showers in proximity to all of the loops.
The Yurt we stayed in could sleep 7 people in beds. Two queen futon couches folded out and there was a bunk with a single up top and a queen down below. Our yurt also had a kitchenette with a 3 burner gas cook top, microwave and full size fridge and plenty of room to sit. My son was pleased that there was a TV with cable, which is something we don’t have when we camp normally. The yurt had a full bathroom with shower as well as air conditioning for hot days and a propane stove for heat for folks who come in the winter. Outside we had a big deck with BBQ, fire pit and table and chairs. Linens were an additional cost, but if you bring your sleeping bag and towels you will be fine without them.
The campground boasts loads of activities: swimming in one of the 2 pools (one family/one adult), disc golf, mini-golf, pickle-ball, horseshoes, movies at dusk, playgrounds, floating the Little Deschutes River on inner tubes, and more. They have a small store for incidentals and rent movies (including new releases) for $3/night. On the weekends, there is “home-cooked” breakfast available (menu in pictures for an idea of selection and prices). There are special events planned on a regular basis with performers coming and different fun themed activities as well (they were doing a special “Olympics” inspired race on Saturday for instance).
Our first night in the park was probably the loudest I have ever experienced in a campground. I am not sure what was going on, but screaming and yelling was going on until nearly 1am, and then the sirens from a neighboring firehouse were blaring from 1:30a-2:00a. It was the roughest night sleep I have had in a while and the fabric sides of the yurt just don’t do a very good job of stopping noise. We decided to give them a second try and stayed the second night which was a little better (no sirens, less traffic and screaming). Quiet hours start later, at 11pm, than most campgrounds we have stayed around the country (the norm is 10p-8a in our experience, sometimes even 9p). In speaking with one of the workers, she says loops G and H are the quietest in the campground and you don’t hear anything back there. Where the yurts are located you hear everything. If we camp here in my teardrop in the future I will make sure to keep that in mind.
We found all of the staff very friendly and helpful at the campground. They went out of their way to be helpful in most cases. My son’s favorite activity was floating the river on inner tubes. It was great putting in right at the campground and they drove down in a van and picked us up at the well marked take out. They even brought our towels and shoes for us so we could dry off when we got out. There are life jackets available for everyone, and this is a great activity for the whole family as the river is very slow and no more than 4.5 feet. It was a really nice activity for a hot day! He also really enjoyed playing disc-golf on their 9-hole course. You can borrow frisbees and lots of other equipment at the activities center.
A few other things we enjoyed in the area was a hike into Lava River Cave, which is part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument (I will be writing about that soon!). We also ate out for dinner and enjoyed our food at the very family friendly Cohen’s Stacked Bistro, which is part of Rat Hole Brewing in the Sunriver Business Park. Loads of games including cornhole, foosball, darts and pinball are available. Pool tables are also ready for action.
We want to thank the folks at Bend-Sunriver RV Campground for hosting our stay in the yurt. As always, the opinions expressed here are our own and we were under no obligation to leave a positive review.