5 Best Spots for Glamping in Utah

Five national parks, eight national forests, and seven national monuments. For anyone unsure of Utah’s outdoor credentials, don’t doubt the Beehive State. From mountain resorts to the most sparsely populated deserts, Utah is an excellent celebration of the great outdoors, making the American West so unique. So, Utah may be a hotbed of outdoor activity, but sleeping in the dirt and sweating your way up a mountain is not for everyone. If you’re curious about reaping the benefits of being amongst the beauty of nature but are not so dirt-inclined, say hello to glamorous camping, aka “glamping.” The glamping trend has hit the entire nation and because of Utah’s miles of unspoiled splendor, it’s one of the best states to indulge in some posh accommodation. Here’s a list of some of our favorites.


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Conestoga Ranch

This Bear Lake location in the very northern reaches of Utah is actually closer to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, in Wyoming, than it is to Utah’s “Mighty Five” in the south. With multiple tastefully decorated accommodation options and even a full onsite spa, Conestoga Ranch is a quintessential glamping experience needing to be appreciated. The most unique experience at Conestoga would be to stay in one of their Conestoga Wagons, renovated carriages that are reminiscent of the 1800s Western migration and Old West lifestyle. While the ranch may be closer in proximity to Idaho and Wyoming, it’s still only a two-hour drive from Salt Lake City.


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BaseCamp 37 Degrees

BaseCamp 37 outside of Kenab has multiple classic glamping tents — essentially large canvas sheets stretched over permanent structures. Because of their access to a large swath of land, each tent, named after Utah landmarks like Powell, Escalante, and Hayduke, all seem to be completely isolated from civilization. Don’t let the off-the-grid vibe intimidate you though, each tent is solar powered meaning no electronic addictions will go uncharged.


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Magickaravan Mothership

This glamping legend is unique, not only because it’s inside of an epic old-school green bus, but also because it’s not tied to any one location. The Mothership is still fully functional and those renting it are responsible for finding a campsite or BLM spot to drive the bus to and set up shop. The mobile crash pad is fully equipped with creature comforts like a wood burning fireplace, Bose surround sound, which is powered by solar and wind energy, and hot water.


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Under Canvas Moab

Located just outside of the adventure mecca, Moab, where activities like hot air ballooning, climbing desert plateaus, and whitewater rafting are normal daily occurrences, Under Canvas has a number of glamping tent options: from suites to rooms with an additional tipi outside the front porch, as well as more economic alternatives that still feature all the necessary amenities. The team at Under Canvas also has a similar plot of glamping tents further south near Zion National Park.


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Zion Ponderosa Ranch

Zion Ponderosa Ranch may be the ideal option for those who are thinking that even glamping might be pushing their patience with the whole “roughing it” thing, because not only is this a glamp site, it also has luxury vacation cabin rentals available as an emergency backup. The resort is built on more than 4,000 acres of pristine land that boasts views of Zion National Park.

 


 

Written by Zack Davisson
Zack is a recovering technical recruiter who traded in his suit and tie in Silicon Valley for salsa music and a passion for writing in Medellin, Colombia. When not writing for AllTheRooms you can find Zack with his nose in a book, puttering around nature, or getting ultra-competitive while watching Jeopardy.

7 Utah Summer Vacation Spots to Try this Summer

cameron-kirby-326348-unsplashMay flowers have started blooming. Soon the school bells will stop ringing and summer vacation will be here. Let the trip planning begin. Traveling on a budget? No worries, we’ve compiled a list of destinations right here in Utah for your next staycation.

Zion National Park

This majestic park offers a wide range of lodging accommodations and recreational opportunities. Travelers can rent cabins, vacation homes and camp sites. They can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, climbing, jeep tours, trekking, swimming, zip lining, ATV rentals, guided trips and more. Zion National Park a nature preserve distinguished by steep red cliffs, forest trails and the Virgin River flowing into the Emerald Pools should be on everyone’s must-see list.

Lake Powell

Lake Powell is a beautiful reservoir on the Colorado River. The lake straddles the Utah-Arizona border and is visited by more than 2 million people each year. Travelers can enjoy hiking, climbing, rappelling and even boating through Utah’s southern canyons. Others also enjoy camping and fishing. Lake Powell is located close to scenic destinations such as the Grand Staircase in Escalante National Park and Goblin Valley State Park.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park produces water and wind carved wonders. There are more than 2,000 named arches within the park. Travelers can enjoy a variety of activities including hiking, guided tours, rafting, rock climbing and rappelling, camping and mountain biking.

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests

Covering more than 2.1 million ecologically diverse acres the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests cater to just about everyone with world-renowned skiing and scenic highway cruising. We recommend the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. Travelers also can go rafting, fishing, boating, camping and hiking.

Flaming Gorge

Flaming Gorge offers seemingly limitless recreation activities without all of the people! With an average temperature of 78 degrees, beautiful scenery and crystal-clear waters, one would expect people to flock to this little paradise− but they don’t. 

Capitol Reef National Park

Go glamping in Capitol Reef National Park. Don’t like roughing it? No problem, luxury cabins, teepees, wagons and comfort await at the Capitol Reef Resort. Million dollar views, rich geological history and sensory overload make this national park a great escape from the everyday grind.

St. George

This Southern Utah city provides the perfect basecamp for multiple national park trips. Bryce Canyon is just two hours away while the Grand Canyon is three. For those who aren’t as enthusiastic about the outdoors, you can enjoy a spa treatment, play, shopping, eating and even gallery hopping.