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Prairie Tent

Prairie Tent

Regular price $1,605.00 USD
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It’s hard to say whether Ellis invented the Prairie Tent or the Prairie invented Ellis.  Either way, this tent is where it all started.  Dave Ellis was making Range tents for the cowboys when he realized that that old design had inherent problems that could be innovated and resolved.  The goal was to maintain the speed and simplicity of a range tent while creating more usable interior space and keeping weather out.  Dave spent thirty years refining this design and it led to many of the innovations found throughout our line of Canvas Tents.

How to set-up your Prairie Tent

What's Included

Prairie Tent, 6x Stakes, A-frame Pole, Front Door Pole, Pole Bag, Stake Bag, Stove Jack Cover, & our Signature Lay-Flat Compression Bag.


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8' x 8' Prairie Tent

Packed Weight: 30 lbs. 6 oz.
Packed Dimensions: 12” x 8” x 31”
Tent Shell Weight: 19 lbs. 10 oz.
Total Pole Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Total Spike Weight: 1 lb. 10 oz.
Spikes: 6 pcs.
Interior Peak Height: 82”
Stove Jack Height: 66”
Floor Area: 57.5 sq. ft.

10' x 10' Prairie Tent

Packed Weight: 42 lbs. 11 oz.
Packed Dimensions: 14” x 10” x 35”
Tent Shell Weight: 29 lbs. 1 oz.
Total Pole Weight: 9 lbs. 12 oz.
Total Spike Weight: 1 lb. 9 oz.
Spikes: 6 pcs.
Interior Peak Height: 106”
Stove Jack Height: 90”
Floor Area: 90.25 sq. ft.

12' x 12' Prairie Tent

Packed Weight: 53 lbs.
Packed Dimensions: 14” x 9” x 42”
Tent Shell Weight: 38 lbs. 2 oz.
Total Pole Weight: 10 lbs. 13 oz.
Total Spike Weight: 1 lb. 9 oz.
Spikes: 6 pcs.
Interior Peak Height: 118”
Stove Jack Height: 104”
Floor Area: 132.25 sq. ft.

More Info

Our Prairie Tent is the most popular of all our designs. The simple set-up, spacious interior, and beautiful lines are derived from the Range Tents of old that have been employed by cowboys across the American West since the 1800’s. The Ellis approach brings this simple structure into a more functional and well-rounded tent. In place of the original pyramid design, we have added front and rear dormers to allow the large front door and rear window to be opened even in a downpour while keeping the interior of the tent dry. The two additional guy lines that make this possible add stability to the tent in high winds as well as more space to the interior. The high stove jack and vent allow for the majority of your stove pipe to remain inside of the tent and out of the wind for extremely efficient heating in the winter. The large screen door and window provide ample ventilation in the summer months. This is a true American classic, redefined.

Desert View from Ellis Canvas Prairie Tent interior

Ready for the Ramble.

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews

We didn’t see a whole lot of review on the 10x10 prairie tent when we were looking but I’m happy we went with it. We didn’t have to by extensions for our stove and there is plenty of head room. I am 6’3” and I can barely reach the peak. Tie outs on the sides make it even more roomy inside. Plenty of room for a queen air mattress inside without the stove. Seems to be built very well and the storage bag is awesome. Looking forward to see what it’s like in the next ten years.

Garret D.

Great company to work with, fast shipping, and excellent workmanship.

Alwin van Haren
Would buy again!

Last weekend I went camping for the first time with the new Prairie tent in Minnewaska state park NY and loved it. Setup is very easy, the tent is standing solid, the surface area is very spacious for two people and ideal for a couple if you want to sleep next to each other, and the indoor climate is very pleasant during hot summer days. Without any hesitation I would buy it again!

Carl S.

I have had three different tents from Dave. All of them are fantastic quality and great workmanship. This one the Prairie Tent is the “new design”. There is an enormous amount of attention to detail and design. The design itself allows you to use this almost like a wall tent, only without the weight and time you would have to put into a wall tent setup. The ventilation is great with a large back window and the full screen door. And if that’s not enough there is a vent at the top to allows for more air flow. and it’s not only the tent but the bag also ! His new design on the bag is also a big plus. It’s so easy to fold up and wrap up the tent in the bag. And I think that’s the whole idea, the easier it is to put up the tent and take down and pack away, the more you’re going to use it. I really, appreciate his attention to detail and design. I kind of think he’s a perfectionist ! And I should know ! I have two of his bed rolls, and a stove bag also.


Used the tent this last week. It goes up and down quickly, and easily. Plenty of room for the three of us in big cots. Very happy with our tent.

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