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What’s a Yurt?

Environmental stewardship. Eco-friendly efficiency. Sustainable consumption. “Green” living. Fifty years ago these phrases were little more than a whisper in America’s fringe bohemian culture. Some 10 years later, with President Nixon’s passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, environmental awareness became a controversial part of the political landscape. Now, over the past three decades, as the gap between these two worlds closes environmentalism continues to move further into the mainstream and more people are finding comfort in greener living – which brings us to the <em>yurt</em>. <strong>Yurt Defined</strong> By definition, a yurt is a portable, circular tent-like structure that originated among the nomads of Central Asia. In the West it amounts to much the same thing, although there is more range in how basic or advanced they are. Some of them resemble their humble ancestors, whereas others are tricked out with (typically eco-friendly) high-tech gadgetry and comfy amenities. Yurts of yore were made of a wood frame and floor then covered in hide, somewhat like the Native American tipi, but today’s modern yurts are crafted of more durable materials and often engineered to withstand extreme conditions. Although mass production is a ways off - more out of lack of demand than inability - there are some companies that manufacture them in prefab fashion for easy assembly. <strong>Here Yurt, There Yurt … Everywhere Yurt, Yurt</strong> It’s fair to say that most types of Western yurts are derivative in style and construction, but what has been lost in authenticity is made up for in prevalence. Yurts can be found in many places, especially where more rugged living closer to nature is a thing embraced. [caption id="attachment_15967" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a title="Best Places for Yurts" href="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/whats-a-yurt/attachment/37028961/" rel="attachment wp-att-15967"><img class="size-medium wp-image-15967 " title="Hurtin' for a Yurt " src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/37028961-300x200.jpg" alt="Yurt Lifestyles" width="300" height="200" /></a> Insert yurt.[/caption] Suffice it to say that the majority of Americans probably aren’t ready for full-time yurt living, but renting them is also an option and they are popping up like toadstools in state and national parks all across the country. Oregon, Colorado, Utah and Washington are just a few of the states that rent yurts in their state parks. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> welcomes you to share your favorite yurt locations and how you think they rate against other rustic accommodations.
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