Living more simply is a common ambition here at Inhabitat, and the Colorado Yurt Company makes it easy with their cozy range of colorful tipis and yurts. Tipis are traditional triangular tents that were first used by Native Americans living on the plains, while yurts or gers are durable circular tents initially used by Mongolian nomads who lived in some of the world's harshest natural conditions. These contemporary tipis and yurts take their durability and strength from those original designs and offer an affordable way to live in close contact with mother nature without sacrificing too much comfort. Step on into our gallery for a look at seven of the Colorado Yurt Company's most impressive designs.
Dan and Emma Kigar started out with their own tipi way up at 11,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains. Their experience in these harsh conditions primed them for their life as yurt and tipi makers, and scores of people have benefited from their combined knowledge. Their yurts come in 5 different sizes – the largest of which can hold up to 60 people – and are made from a highly evolved fabric that stands up against wind and rain and holds in heat. Each yurt is customizable to each adventurer. Off grid folks don’t have to have the amenities, but they can if they want to.
The company’s tipis come in no fewer than nine different sizes, the most basic package consisting of a tipi cover, door flap, wood stakes, pins, ropes, and a canvas storage bag. Heating and cooling is provided by passive design – unless additional electrical help is required – although we vote for an off-grid experience that gets clients as close to nature as possible. Tipi is the Lakota word for “living in,” and we think it’s a special way to reacquaint oneself with the workings of nature on either a temporary or permanent basis!