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5 Places You Can Try Glamorous Camping in Utah

Experience the fun and adventure of camping without the grime.

Get your girls together and start planning your glamping vacation. If you don’t like camping because you don’t like getting dirty, you will adore glamping (glamorous + camping). It offers all of the fun of camping without the grime. And for those of you who are fans of regular car camping and backpacking, you’ll appreciate the vibes at these five glampgrounds across the state of Utah. At these resorts, you can stay in a teepee, Conestoga wagon, sheep camp, yurt or safari tent. 

Whether you’re planning a girlfriend getaway, mother-daughter vacay, a bachelorette party, or a sorority soiree, you’ll love the experience of sleeping in a real bed in a unique tent at an otherworldly destination. These glamping sites offer adventures and amenities galore, such as real washrooms with hot water sinks and showers and mirrors — mirrors! So go ahead and pack your make-up (see: war paint), it won’t make you any less of a badass.

Conestoga Ranch Bear Lake

Open May 15 - September 29, 2020

$195 - $410/night

Conveniently located on the eastern shore of Bear Lake in Northern Utah, Conestoga Ranch is a good choice for those who don’t want to choose between the beach or the mountains. The resort can accommodate up to a hundred guests at a time. There’s a 1,700 square feet events tent you can rent for retreats and other gatherings, and the entire resort has WiFi so you can gram to your heart’s content. In addition to having classic grand canvas tents, they also offer the option to glamp in a 4-person or 6-person prairie-style wagon. These Conestoga wagons are modeled after the horse-drawn freight wagons built by the Lancaster County Mennonites in the early 1700s that were used to carry farm produce.

You’ll forget you’re in the wild with all of the resort amenities including a general store, restaurant, game tent, laundry and bathhouse. Yoga classes and massages are available as well as complimentary cruiser bikes, cooking classes and wine seminars. 

The Campfire Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers take-out and picnic lunch options. You can make a reservation for up to 25 people. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are limited so plan to bring your own food and a cooler to keep it in if you have dietary restrictions. They do serve some beer and wine at the grill, but you may also want to bring your own provisions.

A glamping tent sits in a lush, green landscape.

A Grand Family Tent at Conestoga Ranch. Photo: Dirk Collins

The entrance to a glamping tent leads you to a cozy paradise.

Inside a Traditional Tent at Conestoga Ranch. Photo: Dirk Collins

Under Canvas Moab

March 5 - Oct 26, 2020

$169 - $624/night

Under Canvas is the perfect basecamp for adventures in and near Moab. It’s eight miles from Arches National Park and 22 miles from Canyonlands National Park. Tents sleep 4-7 people and range from a safari tent with three twin beds to a suite with adjacent Hive tent that features a king-size bed, private deck, en suite bathroom with a hot shower, sink and flushing toilet as well as an add-on tent designed to accommodate families and other groups. Additional camp cots can be added for $10 each to any package. And yes, you can bring Fido for an additional fee of $25, but you cannot leave your pups unattended during your stay. You also can rent your own pop-up Under Canvas tent and HiveBath--a complete bathroom inside a hive--for private glamping events. For larger events, they have 30’ CanopyMarqui tents available for rent that can accommodate up to 500 guests.  

The eco-friendly camp operates on solar power and has lots of sustainability initiatives like waste minimization. Meals are included along with an activity of your choice if you purchase a package, but you can also get food from their grab-and-go vendor called Embers Provisions. You can choose from activities such as ziplining, whitewater rafting and canyoneering, though some are not offered on Sundays. 

You can bring your own food and beverages, but you’ll have to leave the coolers in your vehicle instead of in your tent to deter creature visits. WiFi is not available at the resort, but camp amenities include daily housekeeping, battery packs to keep your devices charged, boxed lunches, gas grills, fire pits with s’ mores and organic bath products.

A glamping tent framed by snow-covered mountains.

Dramatic surroundings at Under Canvas Moab. Photo: Trent Bona

 A little boy peaks out the window to the canyon view from his bed.

Under Canvas Moab is great for little ones. Photo: Sarah Montoya

Capitol Reef Resort

May 19 - September 30, 2020

$260 - $416/night (minimum two-night stay)

If you have ever dreamed of glamping in a teepee you’ll be happy to know that you can make that dream a reality by staying at Capitol Reef Resort. Located in Torrey, about seven miles from the Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center, Capitol Reef Resort offers a wide variety of stays from glamping in teepees and Conestoga wagons to hotel rooms and cabins. 

Glamping guests are required to book a minimum two-night stay. They’ve got you covered if you’re planning a large group trip with folks who prefer classic hotel stays as there’s also a hotel on-site. The luxury teepees can sleep two people, are decorated with a classic western motif and feature air conditioning, a large flat-screen television and a private bathroom. You can order an additional camping cot for a child guest for $25 per night. Conestoga wagons can sleep up to six people and also have private bathrooms and air conditioning.

Resort guests can partake of the adventure packages offered like llama trekking and jeep tours or simply relax at the pool and hot tub while taking in the red rock views. Though there aren’t any cook-out areas, guests are welcome to bring their own food, camp stoves and coolers. The Pioneer Kitchen restaurant is located on the property and offers breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. They serve mostly meat dishes, but there are a few vegetarian options as well. Rim Rock restaurant and La Cueva restaurant are both a short walk from the resort. WiFi is widely available and free at the resort so you can stay connected throughout your stay.

Wagons converted to tents are framed by Utah's red rock canyons.

Capitol Reef's conestoga wagons. Photo: Capitol Reef Resort

The inside of glamping wagon tents putting off a rustic, western vibe.

Interior of the conestoga wagons. Photo: Capitol Reef Resort

Zion Backcountry Glamping

May 20 - October 15, 2020

$115 - $275/night

Located 18 miles from the east Entrance to Zion National Park, Zion Backcountry Glamping offers the rare option to stay in a converted sheep camp wagon. There are two sheep camps at this site, one with a double-size bed and another with two double-size beds. If you’re planning a trip with a larger group, there’s plenty of room for regular tents. For more of a summer camp feeling, you and your traveling companions can stay at the yurt, which accommodates up to nine adults. There are five double-size bunk beds and a twin bunk bed with a trundle. There’s a separate bathroom facility near the yurt with hot water showers, sinks and flushing toilets, but there’s no plumbing or running water to or from the yurt itself. You can bring your furry friends glamping with you, but you’ll have to clear it with the camp host ahead of time.

This glamping site is fairly remote so there isn’t any cell coverage or WiFi, but should you need to check on things back home, you’ll get reception roughly six miles from the Yurt Road turnoff. The camp has hammocks, yoga mats, board games, books and a horseshoe pit and cornhole game to keep you entertained. 

Plan to bring your own food and beverages in coolers to this camp. The nearest grocery store is in Springdale, which is about 30 miles away. There are camp stoves, cookware, filled water jugs and other basic necessities at the site for meal preparation. There’s also a 4-burner BBQ and two fire pits in case you prefer to cook your food in the fire. 

Outside of a yurt at night with a starry sky above.

Glamping + stargazing. Photo: Zion Backcountry Glamping

The cozy interior of a yurt.

Cozy + colorful. Photo: Zion Backcountry Glamping

BaseCamp 37

April 2 - October 25, 2020

$155/night

Just eight miles east of Kanab near the Arizona border, Basecamp 37 is a good spot for glampers planning to visit Kanab, Zion National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, The Wave and Antelope Canyon. At this glamping resort, you’ll find five luxuriously appointed safari-style tents with king-size beds with fancy linens and other thoughtful details, like a small cooler and headlamps. No need to buy or bring single-use plastic water bottles, the glamping tents have insulated reusable drinkware. Solar-powered charging banks are provided so you can keep your cameras and phones charged. (watch: Kanab, It's About the Sizzle)

There’s WiFi available at the glampground as well as washrooms with hot showers near the tents. You can book multiple tents so it’s great for groups of up to 10 people. And yes, you can bring Fido, but you’ll have to let them know when you book your stay. 

Grills and a communal kitchen and bar are available at the site, but you can also visit Kanab if you don’t feel like cooking. Be sure to save room for campfire s’mores every night. You can fill your cooler up in Kanab. There are grocery stores and a weekend farmer’s market. Though this glampground doesn’t serve booze, you can bring your own. Stop by the liquor store in Kanab for wine, spirits and microbrews. 

After your day of exploring Utah’s natural wonders, you can hang out at camp and play corn hole, card games, board games or watch the big game on the TV.

A glamping tent at night glows from within.

The Katie Lee Tent. Photo: Basecamp 37

From inside of a glamping tent looking out at the Utah landscape.

The Josey Wales Tent. Photo: Basecamp37

Slideshow: Glamping in Utah

  • Capital Reef Resort Spa

    Capital Reef Resort Spa

  • Conestoga Ranch

    Conestoga Ranch

    Photo: Matt Morgan

  • Conestoga Ranch

    Conestoga Ranch

    Photo: Matt Morgan

  • Conestoga Ranch

    Conestoga Ranch

    Photo: Matt Morgan

  • Conestoga Ranch

    Conestoga Ranch

    Photo: Matt Morgan

  • Conestoga Ranch

    Conestoga Ranch

    Photo: Matt Morgan

  • Conestoga Ranch

    Conestoga Ranch

    Photo: Dirk Collins

  • Conestoga Ranch

    Conestoga Ranch

  • Conestoga Ranch

    Conestoga Ranch

  • Capitol Reef Resort

    Capitol Reef Resort

  • Capitol Reef Resort

    Capitol Reef Resort

  • Capital Reef Resort

    Capital Reef Resort

  • Moab Under Canvas

    Moab Under Canvas

    Photo: Under Canvas

  • Under Canvas Moab

    Under Canvas Moab

    Photo: Under Canvas

  • Moab Under Canvas

    Moab Under Canvas

    Photo: Trent Bona

  • Moab Under Canvas

    Moab Under Canvas

    Photo: Trent Bona

  • Moab Under Canvas

    Moab Under Canvas

    Photo: Trent Bona

  • Moab Under Canvas

    Moab Under Canvas

    Photo: Trent Bona

  • Under Canvas Moab

    Under Canvas Moab

    Photo: Trent Bona

  • Zion Backcountry Glamping

    Zion Backcountry Glamping

  • Zion Backcountry Glamping

    Zion Backcountry Glamping

  • Basecamp 37

    Basecamp 37

  • Moab Under Canvas

    Moab Under Canvas

    Photo: @xoxojacel on Instagram

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Melissa McGibbon

Melissa McGibbon is an award-winning adventure travel writer. She is the senior editor at Outdoor Sports Guide Magazine and is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. Melissa also writes for Outside Magazine, Lonely Planet, Elevation Outdoors, SmarterTravel, and TripAdvisor.

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