5 Places You Can Try Glamorous Camping in Utah
Experience the fun and adventure of camping with a side of luxury.
If you prefer a little more luxury on your adventure getaway, get your friends together for a glamping (glamorous + camping) vacation. It offers all of the fun of camping with hotel-style amenities. 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 wagon, yurt or safari tent.
Whether you’re planning a friends getaway, family vacay, or pre-wedding soiree, savor the experience of sleeping in a real bed in a unique tent at an otherworldly destination. These glamping sites offer adventure and amenities galore, such as real washrooms with hot water sinks and rainfall showerheads, king-sized beds, air conditioning, WiFi and even guided excursions.
Conestoga Ranch Bear Lake
Open May - September
$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.
Under Canvas Moab
Open March - October
$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.
Capitol Reef Resort
Open May - September
$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 onsite. 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 cookout 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 a.m. to 11 a.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 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.
Zion Backcountry Glamping
Open May - October
$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.