By Lynn Blamires Content Writer for My Local Utah
If you love the ambiance and aromas of roasting your dinner over an open fire but don’t enjoy setting up camp and sleeping on the ground, you just might be a candidate for the luxuries of “Glamping.” I am talking about all the luxuries of a first-class hotel placed in the beauties of Utah’s amazing backcountry in some of the most unique accommodations you can imagine.
The concept of glamping had its beginning in 2005 and has spread across the country like wildfire. Utah has been quick to grasp the concept. Today the options for camping in luxury are more creative and numerous than ever. Consider the adventure and fun these places have to offer –
Conestoga Ranch – ConestogaRanch.com
Overlooking Bear Lake, Conestoga Ranch offers great glamping opportunities. Choose their tent options or choose going to sleep dreaming of crossing the plains in a Conestoga wagon. All include private baths.
Fire pits are plentiful for a fire under the stars just outside your tent or wagon. Prices in mid-June start at about $200 per night.
Zion Glamping Adventures – ZionGlampingAdventures.com
Zion Glamping Adventures boasts views of the Canaan Mountain Wilderness Area. Each tent site is set up to provide both luxury and privacy. Deluxe tents include comfortable queen beds with luxurious amenities. Your campsite includes a fire pit, grill, picnic table, and shared outdoor shower and outhouses. Prices start at $99 per night
Zion Wildflower Resort – ZionWildflower.com
Zion Wildflower Resort is a new glamping destination near the entrance to Zion National Park in Virgin, Utah. Most of their luxurious accommodations come with air conditioning, feather-top beds, and modern bathrooms. Opt for a stay in one of their billowing canvas tents or one of their covered wagons, equipped with a king-size bed and cozy bunks. They also have private bungalows with all the comforts you’d come to expect from a traditional hotel room. Prices in April start at $166 per night
Zion Backcountry Glamping – ZionBackcountryGlamping.com
This yurt resort is located in Orderville. They provide camp stoves, cooking utensils, cleaning supplies, water, and seasonings. The yurt also includes a wood-burning stove stocked with wood and comfortable sleeping arrangements. Toilets and showers are separate with no running water or electricity. Rates start at $225 per night. The Sheep Camps are more primitive, but still with a touch of luxury and start at $125 per night.
Under Canvas – UnderCanvas.com/camps
Highly recognized in the glamping community, Under Canvas has facilities at Moab, Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell, and Zion Canyon, offering a variety of tent options including The Suite sleeping up to four guests, the Stargazer for two, and the Deluxe for two, all featuring private baths. The Safari sleeps two with a bathhouse and the option of a Kids Tent sleeping two children with access to the bathhouse. Fees include daily housekeeping, fire pits, on-site dining, USB battery packs, and pets are welcome. Prices start at $329 per night.
Glamping Canyonlands – GlampingCanyonlands.com
Glamping Canyonlands outfit their guests with spacious bell tents and private decks, furnished with queen-sized beds and inside seating. They have flushing toilets and showers as well as private fire rings with a barbecue grill attached for open campfire cooking.
Glamping here is a little more primitive than others in Utah – you will need to bring your own water because none is available. Without electricity, you will need to bring a cooler for things that need refrigeration. You will be provided a battery pack to charge cell phones. Prices begin at $125 per night
Funstays: Redrock Park, Moab – FunStaysRedrock.com
Redrock Park features ready-for-use Tiny Homes and RVs. Their rentals include the benefits of the outdoors with the comforts you would find in your home.
The tiny house offers one bedroom and one bath plus a loft that sleeps up to six. Deluxe RVs are fully set up and ready for immediate use. They are fully hooked up with water, sewer, AC/Heater, and electricity, plus they are fully furnished. All units sleep six and start at $238 per night with a two-night minimum.
Whispering Pines Covered Wagon Resort – wpGlamp.com
Whispering Pines Resort currently has 5 Conestoga wagons located in a beautiful valley in the pines. Each wagon has a private bathroom with a shower, sink, toilet, and heater. Prices start at $135 per night.
Zion Ponderosa Resort – ZionPonderosa.com
Zion Ponderosa Resort is located near Zion National Park. You can choose to stay in cabin suites, primitive tent camping, Conestoga wagons, or Cowboy cabins. You can bring your own RV or stay in a variety of vacation homes.
Your stay includes a continental breakfast (except during January and February), a pool, hot tubs, sports courts, a recreation pond, and a field. Bathrooms and showers are located near the tent.
Rental includes the use of the shower house and restroom facilities, along with a two-tiered swimming pool, tennis/basketball courts, and more. Prices start at $59 per night.
Capitol Reef Resort – CapitolReefResort.com
Capitol Reef Resort is on the doorstep of Capitol Reef National Park. From guestrooms and luxury cabins to Conestoga wagons and teepees, guests will find a unique and comfortable destination.
Teepees provide a combination of natural exploration and luxury comfort. Decorated with traditional western furnishings that will make your trip to the Red Rocks all the more authentic. You’ll even have your own private bathroom just steps away!
The Conestoga Wagons are the most authentic of all western accommodations. From the fire pit to the surroundings, it’s truly an experience for every age. Prices start at $179.10.
Weeping Buffalo Resort – WeepingBuffalo.com
Close to Zion National Park, this resort offers the choice of Tipis or Covered Wagons. Tipis are set near the edge of a pond and feature a king-size bed, waterfall shower, loft, a skylight, a private outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and hot tub. The Covered Wagons include full baths with walk-in showers and an outdoor kitchen. Prices start at $314 per night.
And now you have a picture of glamping in Utah. The opportunity to enjoy luxury camping in some of the most scenic locations you could find anywhere. With the vacation season upon us, now is the time to plan that romantic getaway.