Weekend bookings at new camper cabins sold out in 60 seconds

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It took just 60 seconds for weekends at three new camper cabins in a Dakota County park to sell out until the end of April.

At the start of this month the county began taking bookings for the cabins at the recently-opened Whitetail Woods Regional Park in Farmington for dates between December 5 and April 30.

Demand for the six-people, 227 square foot cabins perched among the pines in the 456-acre park was expected to be high, and eager campers showed they aren't put off by the prospect of frigid weather by booking up every weekend in less than a minute, Sun Thisweek reports.

The newspaper says that 45 reservations had been received within 60 seconds of opening on December 1, and 238 had been submitted within 30 minutes.

As it is, those hoping to stay at the cabin on a weekend will have to wait until April 1, when reservations from May 1 start being taken, though there are still weekday spots available between now and then.

The heated cabins, which cost $60 a night, are designed by HGA and feature a 100-square-foot deck, two full beds, two twin day beds, working electricity, a fire ring and a picnic table, the Pioneer Press reports. The county intends to build nine more cabins in the future.

Whitetail Woods only opened in September, according to the Star Tribune becoming the first regional park to open in Minnesota in 30 years, and offers hiking and cross-country skiing trails in the winter months, as well as a sledding hill.

The cabins are one example of innovation in Minnesota's wilderness accommodation, with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources planning a roll-out of yurts in state parks.

The DNR plans on opening up the yurts – a cross between a tipi and a cabin – at three state parks initially, with each unit coming with a skylight, bunk-beds, a wood-burning stove, a table and chairs.

The yurts will be located at Afton and Glendalough State Parks, and the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

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