Yurts Moving to Upvalley Park

A few more hands are needed Saturday morning to help move nine yurts from the Napa County Corporate Yard to Bothe Napa State Park in Calistoga.

You heard it here first: More than two months ago, Napa Patch , once used to shelter farmworkers, were headed for a new life as tourist lodgings in an Upvalley park.

This Saturday, March 10, the yurts are finally making their move, according to volunteer coordinator Chino Yip of the , who is looking for help with the project.

“It will probably take about 5 hours,” wrote Yip in an email to park volunteers.

Volunteers should meet at the Napa County Corporate Yard at 7929 Silverado Trail at 9 a.m. Saturday, Yip said. “If we start at 9 a.m. we should be through by 1 or 2 p.m.

“As always we'll supply gloves, food and YURTS,” he wrote.

The park and open space district is installing the yurts at its newest project, Bothe Napa State Park in Calistoga, which had been slated for closure due to the state budget crisis.

Following Saturday's yurt move, the next work day is March 17 when volunteers will clear brush to install the portable dwelling places, Yip said. 

For more information about Saturday’s yurt-moving experience, contact Yip at 707 337-3885 cyip@ncrposd.org.

For a history of the Napa County yurts, please read  (Jan. 6).

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Cathy Gumina Odom December 04, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Now Chino, how safe are these yurts, compared to the ones in Yosemite in Curry Village with the rats? Thanks Cathy (PS my kids still walk by your old restaurant and mourn the loss of your French toast. Mine is ok, but it's not yours. I did learn about 12 grain bread! Definitely a keeper in the bread box.)
Louisa Hufstader December 04, 2012 at 03:58 AM
I have to give the yurts a lot of love. Chino's first tip to us about them got picked up by Huffington Post and introduced our Patch — and the yurts — to the world! In 2013, I intend to stay in one of them.
Mary Richardson December 04, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Cathy Gumina Odom December 18, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Thanks Louisa! I'd like to stay as well. My friend went camping in another city/state and rented a yurt there for a week and had a great time. I think the wall is OK and safe, just wanted to make sure, because of the Yosemite tents are similar- well - I'm not sure. Can you check with Chino and make sure please ? I just don't want anyone getting hurt by that mouse thing in the walls. There's also yurt like tent enclosures at Safari West, enclosed on a platform, with a bed. I've debated about staying there overnight with the kids.
Louisa Hufstader December 18, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Hey Cathy, rats like food and I imagine those Yosemite tents accumulate quite a lot of tasty crumbs with all the business they do, but this park is not so well-used. FYI, The large yurt that sleeps several people is $75 a night, I was told recently.


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