Lake Cachuma: Yurt Life

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Visited: May 8, 2015 – May 10, 2015

Price: $65-90/night ($20 dollar non-refundable reservation fee) 

Check-in: 3:00PM

Check-out: 11AM (late check out – $35 dollar fee)

Quiet Hours: 10:00PM – 7:00AM


Parking: Designated space in front of Yurt

Yurts Available: 7

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Amenities: Bunk beds, electrical outlet, heater, charcoal BBQ, fire ring, porch pit, water spigot, portable toilet within a few feet, flush-able toilets & showers within walking distance.

Wildlife: Various birds and fish. This little guy.

Persistent Blue Jay

Pets: Dog-friendly – $3/night extra

Best time to go: All year round. If you want to avoid crowds, avoid summertime.

Bring: Basic camping supplies (chairs, flashlight, etc) food, drinks, charcoal & lighter fuel (if you decide to grill), firewood (make sure its local), change of clothes, sleeping bag (there is no bedding, must bring your own)

Forgot something?:  If you forget anything, there is a local General Store that is a short walk/drive from the Yurt site. (FYI – Prices here are higher!)

More info:

Yurt Camping or what we like to call it, glamping (glamorous camping), is an alternative to the traditional tent camping. It allows you to stay close to nature while still having the comforts of a home.

While HikeSnobs prefer to be in a tent, we kept our eyes peeled for any opportunity to check out a Yurt. The huge problem with Yurts (for us, at least) is how expensive they are. Places like Big Sur, Santa Cruz & El Capitan have beautiful and luxurious Yurts but with a hefty price of $200+ a night. 😳

Upon researching one day, we found a hidden gem located off Highway 154. Just 23 miles north of Santa Barbara is Lake Cachuma.


While it is not the Four Seasons, it provides the basic necessities for a full Yurt experience. With a water-resistant bunk bed and a small heater, this worked perfectly for us. It offered a decent price so we made a reservation for the first weekend of May.

Getting there was easy. Just plug the coordinates (34.5754323,-119.9609934) into your GPS/Phone.

Once you enter Lake Cachuma, drive along the road until you hit a booth with a park employee there. They’ll be able to give you your keys, a map and directions to your Yurt. If arriving late, give them a call at (805) 686-5055.

We stayed in Yurt Pine which had a breath-taking view of the Lake. The calmness of the environment was what we needed for a relaxing weekend.

Our back porch

Take a peak inside the Yurt:

Screen door to keep mosquito outs!

The bunk bed is on the left side and a table is on the right. There is a sunroof at the top to let light pour in! These windows are not covered, so bring some blankets for some privacy.


A beautiful view; the best way to start a morning.

Ox doing his thing

Since Lake Cachuma is an artificial lake that serves as a reservoir to Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara county, there is no swimming allowed. However, you can rent a kayak, go fishing, go on boat tour, or hike around the lake. Or you can just BBQ and relax all day. (Nothing wrong with that!)

If you are feeling adventurous, check out some hikes and places to visit around the area:

  • Knapp’s Castle (18 minute drive) – Ruins with a view
  • Lizard’s Mouth (18 minute drive) – A natural playground!
  • Solvang (12 minute drive) – A cute little Danish town


@Hikesnobs Tips:

  • Make a reservation early, weekends get full pretty quick! Reservations can be made 6 months in advance.
  • On weekends, there is a minimum of 2 nights (Friday and Saturday). There is a 3 night minimum stay on holiday weekends. Keep that in mind when planning your stay.
  • Lost key $25 dollars, so don’t lose your key!
  • Keep Yurt clean to avoid cleaning charge
  • Bring quarters if you intend to shower.

Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Leave us a message below!

18 thoughts on “ Lake Cachuma: Yurt Life

  1. I love this post and all of the photos, I have been wanting to try out staying in something similar and needed all of your notes.
    I wish that y’all could come and try out all of the places in Texas and give me tips!!!
    Y’all are making me want to visit California : )

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    1. Thanks for the love Laura. We have been to a few spots in Texas. We’ll have some posts for that soon! 😉 if you are ever in California come adventuring with us! We also love some extra company!!

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  2. Anoter yurt place is Treebones, on the Coast Road (us 1?). If you are coming from Big Sur and headed LA way, it is before you get to Hearst Castle. You can even go to their garden and show the kitchen what to cook for your dinner!

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      1. Oh, I saw a doggie in one of your yurt photos. At Treebones you can camp at the beach with your dog! It’s the only place there that you can stay with your dog. My old goggie just loved it. Me too, cos it was the cheapest accommodation there. Bring your own tent and sleeping bag for that!


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