Tipis - Low Impact Living Structures

Tipis at Mission: WolfWaking up in a tipi to morning wolf howls is a quintessential Mission: Wolf experience. Since 1986, our volunteers have lived year-round in tipis, enjoying a close connection with the world around them. Tipis are affordable living stuctures with minimal environmental footprint. They are cool in summer and can be heated with wood stoves in winter. They are moveable and don't leave a permanent impact like building foundations do. You can set them up on flat earth or build a deck or floor. The tipi floors at Mission: Wolf are made of either flagstone or wood.

"What the tipi does is contain modern luxuries in a primitive setting. There’s a couch, a shelf, a woodstove, coffee table, broom, oil lantern, fire extinguishers.... that’s modern day luxury. It creates a situation where there is a minimal impact to land and maximal benefit of the view. Wolves, horses, mountains, shooting stars...” – Moses Cooper, M:W Staff

Our 380 square foot community tipi with flagstone floor is open for the public to use year-round. We ask a $20 donation per person ($100 per group over 5) to spend a night in the tipi. It's a community affair, and all space is first-come, first served. You may find yourself sharing the tipi with several other people.Tipi at Mission:Wolf

“When I first moved into my tipi, I didn’t know what to expect. I was a little worried about the winter, but it’s way warmer than it looks. It’s like comfortable outdoor camping, on a queen-sized bed, surrounded by wolves.” – Paul Ross, M:W staff 

“Living in a tipi is one of my favorite things about Mission: Wolf. It's more like being outside than being in a tent, but it is also warm and comfortable. I love reading by the light of my woodstove every night and waking up to the wolves howling.” – Jenny Wagner, M:W staff

If you are intersted in purchasing a tipi, we recommend Nomadics Tipi Makers and Colorado Yurt Company.

Mission Wolf Tipi“I live in nature where everything is connected, circular. The seasons are circular.  The planet is circular, and so is the planet around the sun. The course of water over the earth is circular coming down from the sky and circulating through the world to spread life and then evaporating up again. I live in a circular teepee and build my fire in a circle. The life cycles of plants and animals are circular. I live outside where I can see this.  The ancient people understood that  our world is a circle, but we modern people have lost site of that. I don't live inside buildings because buildings are dead places where nothing grows, where water doesn't flow, and where life stops. I don't want to live in a dead place. People say that I don't live in a real world, but it's modern Americans who live in a fake world, because they have stepped outside the natural circle of life.

"Do people live in circles today? No. They live in boxes.  They wake up every morning in a box of their bedrooms because a box next to them started making beeping noises to tell them it was time to get up. They eat their breakfast out of a box and then they throw that box away into another box.  Then they leave the box where they live and get into another box with wheels and drive to work, which is just another big box broken into little cubicle boxes where a bunch of people spend their days sitting and staring at the computer boxes in front of them. When the day is over, everyone gets into the box with wheels again and goes home to the house boxes and spends the evening staring at the television boxes for entertainment. They get their music from a box, they get their food from a box, they keep their clothing in a box, they live their lives in a box.
Break out of the box! [...] This not the way humanity lived for thousands of years.”
- Eustace Conway (from Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Last American Man)