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‘Yomes’ Coming to Mount Hood National Forest

June 1, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

A yome

Campers will soon be able to stay in a yome (a cross between a yurt and a dome) and plug in an RV in Oregon’s Mount Hood National Forest, Portland’s The Oregonian reported.

Opening dates have yet to be determined, however, for the new facilities.

Campgrounds in most Oregon national forests are beautifully located, but facilities don’t match the setting. Hot water, showers and electrical hookups are pretty much unheard of, though there are some exceptions.

If you want comfort in an Oregon campground, you usually plan to stay at a state or county park, or in a private campground.

For most campers, that’s no big deal, because “roughing it” is part of the experience they are seeking.

But some campers don’t want to rough it too much.

That’s why the Mount Hood National Forest is installing two yomes in Lost Creek Campground, off the Lolo Pass Road near Zigzag, and three more at Indian Henry, up the Clackamas River from Estacada.

Interior of a yome.

The forest is also working with its concessionaire, Mount Hood Recreation, to open a new RV campground, in the Bear Springs area off U.S. 26 on the way to Maupin. Spring Drive RV Camp will have 11 sites, including nine with full septic, electricity and water hookups.

Campers know all about full RV hookups (most are very jealous), but what the heck is a yome? Oregon state parks is famous for its yurts, but the new yomes at Mount Hood are likely the first in the state available for public rental.

Yomes are made by Red Sky Shelters of Ashville, N.C. You don’t usually look for innovative outdoor gear from North Carolina, but Ashville is one of America’s great outdoor towns, with its location near Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Trail.

The yome manufacturer says this about its product: “The dome part of a yome is based on the same principles pioneered by Buckminster Fuller in his famous geodesic dome. No fence-like latticework covers the walls and windows, as in a yurt. And the whole thing is portable, fitting easily into most vehicles and can be set up or taken down by two or three people in a matter of hours.”

The yomes being installed at Mount Hood sleep six comfortably, are 18 feet in diameter and have a fixed, locking door.

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