By Tanya Taylor
Glamping, or “glamorous camping,” combines the natural surroundings of camping and the world of luxury travel. Th e word “glamping” first appeared in the 16th century when Scottish Dukes built lavish tents and semi-permanent yurts on their rolling hillsides. Th e brilliant yurt idea caught on fast, and soon tents were springing up all over Europe. Fast-forward three centuries later, and the entire world had learned how to use tents — including massive safari-style — and build large yurts. Just in the last ten years, you can see that glamping has reached every corner of the world.
In contemporary culture, glamping has grown to a comfort level that doesn’t sacrifi ce an ounce of luxury. With electric generators, hot baths, and cases of Champagne, travelers are afforded every domestic luxury while out in the open air celebrating nature. Glamping has swiftly become the ultimate travel experience for 21st century families all around the world. Utah is no exception as three new glamping havens have sprung up around the state: Bear Lake, Moab, and Monument Valley.
Bear Lake’s luxury glamping resort, Conestoga Ranch, overlooks the sparkling turquoise waters of beautiful Bear Lake. Lodging combines the tranquility of sleeping outdoors with the convenience and comfort of a full-service hotel. Options include authentically-designed covered wagons or traditional tents decked out with the character of Old West furnishings. Bear Lake glamping hosts are dedicated to providing exceptional service and the outdoor ambiance that encourages folks to relax in their valuable leisure time. Bear Lake glamping sites are also a convenient place to stay for those on their way to Yellowstone National Park.
Further down south on I-15, you’ll find deep canyons that take you to a 40-acre badlands plateau. Moab Under Canvas, just seven miles north of Moab, allows you to experience some of the most authentic glamping of all, with offerings of four different accommodation options. Deluxe tents offer your own bathroom, a wood-burning stove, and a raised wood floor stretching out to a private deck. Deluxe tent suites have their own private bathrooms, spectacular views, a lounge area with a sofa bed, and a king-size bed in the back wing. Th e luxurious safari tents host a full bedroom of furniture and a wood-burning stove, comfortably accommodating up to six people. Finally, if you want something more adventurous, you can stay in one of their canvas tipi tents. With bathrooms close at hand, all you need to bring is your toothbrush!
Monument Valley Tipi Village is more than just a place to sleep or eat. It’s a Navajo experience that will linger with you for a lifetime. Its bed-and-breakfast experience off ers three choices for lodging. First are traditional Native American tipis, with carpeted floors and two fold-out cots. Next are the insulated tipis for customers during the colder months. All guests sleep on cots, and sleeping bags are required. Lastly, the village offers Octagonal Log Cabins for those who can’t live without the smell of pine. Th e hand-built contemporary cabins are equipped with two queen-size beds and the accessories of a typical hotel. All here walk in harmony with Mother Earth, listening to her ancient stories.
Spilling over with picturesque beauty, Utah’s diversity in landscape is something you don’t want to miss. Glamping is the perfect passageway to discovering the great outdoors in Utah without the time-consuming trip preparation or the discomforts of traditional camping. What are you waiting for?