Crunchy outdoor traditionalists, with their 40-year-old external-frame steel backpacks and minimalist packing lists (maybe theyll bring some matches maybe) might look down their leathery, unshaven noses at the new glamping trend. (Thats a combination of glamour and camping, in case youre so unfancy youve never even heard the word.) They may see gourmet grub and king beds in studio-apartment-sized canvas tents as a corruption of one of the last bastions of Teddy Roosevelt-ish off-the-grid-ism. Pah! they may snort. Thats not camping; its gentrified squatting!
But for the rest of us, nature is nature and theres no wrong way to see it.
Even the analog purists afford themselves a few fireside luxuries, right? Like Uncle Ken, who backpacked a heavy rib eye into the Uintas? Or your hippie brother who insists on wearing deodorant only while canyoneering? So why not, at least occasionally, embrace the decadence? Utahs mountains and canyons are beautiful, even if youre not suffering.
Glamping may even be the way you get your city slicker mother-in-law into the great outdoors. (Shell be backpacking the Maze in no time!)
And so, kick back and relax in the great outdoors with these five awesome Utah glamping spots.
Something tells us the original tepees and Conestoga wagons didnt have turn-down service and electrical outlets. Here you can choose from teepees, covered wagons, or just a good ol fashioned cabin. Sit around the campfire, stare up at the dark, starry night and ponder your existence in the coolest backyard ever. Need more reasons to glamp here? Here are nine.
Here you can rough it in style and stay any way you want lodge, cabin, wagon, or tent. The location is stunning and unbeatable with an on-site restaurant and access to a zip line, pools, mini golf, ATVs, and horses. Oh, and it shares an invisible border with some national park.
Sure, your $1,500 Hilleberg tent is lightweight for backpacking, but can it fit a chest of drawers, safari chairs and a wood-burning stove? Or a private ensuite bathroom? There are lots of tent & teepee options for us comfy campers. Some would argue this is camping as it should be. Bonus: Arches and Canyonlands national parks are just minutes away.
Pack everyone into the roomy 200-square foot Moonlight Tent that holds two single beds and two queen beds. Here you can stay in a well-watered and solar-powered tent on the property or ask them for a to-go glamping tent and a backcountry campsite recommendation. Look east to Zion & south to Arizona. There are pristine views all around.
For a northern Utah take on glamping, (have someone else) pitch your tent on the shores of the Caribbean of the Rockies. No prep needed for this outdoor vacation. Come for the glamping, stay for the Yoga, high-end cuisine & complimentary cruisers. Choose from Grand Tents, Royal Tent Suites, and Traditional Tents. Or, evoke an Old West ambiance and grab one of their Conestoga Wagons. Take our word for it; theyre pretty cool.