For a different kind of overnight adventure, stay in a tipi or wall tent! All have a wood floor interior, a picnic table and fire ring with grill for cooking, and have access to water and toilet facilities. All sleep 6 and have drive-up access, except for one backpack-in wall tent at Myre-Big Island State Park.
No campfires, candles, or other open flames are allowed inside tipis or wall tents. There is no electricity. Bring mosquito netting to use inside -- tipis and wall tents are not sealed the way modern tents are. Sleeping pads, cots or air mattresses are highly recommended, but there are no outlets anywhere nearby so be sure to bring a battery operated or hand pump for your air mattress.
Parks may allow additional sleeping shelters on site -- contact the park for approval prior to arrival. Pets are not allowed inside tipis or wall tents. Only approved firewood is allowed. Seasonal availability varies by park, with sites typically open May through October.
Coming to the park? Know the "key three:"
- Arrive prepared. Buy your vehicle permit, check current visitor alerts and download maps in advance of your trip. Services and facilities may be limited, so bring everything you might need.
- Play it safe. Give full attention to your surroundings. Know your personal limits and don't take unnecessary risks.
- Follow the rules. Continue to follow all COVID-related guidance, and practice social distancing -- even outdoors. Help keep parks and trails pristine by staying on trails and disposing of trash properly.
Make a reservation
Reservations can be made up to 120 days in advance, 24 hours a day, except for the first day a reservation becomes available. On that first day, reservations cannot be made online before 8 a.m.
A non-refundable reservation fee ($10.00 for call center/$7.00 for web) is charged for each advance reservation.
Rates and locations
Rate is per site, per night, and includes tax.
|Afton State Park||$40||One wall tent. 10x12 feet interior with two built-in wooden sleeping platforms. Covered wooden deck.|
|Blue Mounds State Park||$35||Three tipis. 18 feet in diameter inside. Uncovered cedar deck.|
|Myre-Big Island State Park *||$35||Two wall tents. 10x10 feet interior, it is very tight for six cots. Uncovered wooden deck.|
|Upper Sioux Agency State Park||$35||Three tipis. 18 feet in diameter inside. Uncovered cedar deck.|
* Myre-Big Island has one drive-up wall tent and one backcountry wall tent that is over a half mile from parking.