Photo credit: The Conestoga Ranch
Well howdy! As we fully immerse ourselves into the warmer weather it’s fun to start planning those summer getaways. It’s a smart idea to plan ahead as the best places book up very quickly. If you really enjoy time outdoors, but also luxury (and showers!) then glamping might be for you. Have you ever glamped? It’s amazing! A great way to be out in the wilds, but still get all the creature comforts you know and love. Glamping isn’t only in tents..the offerings have gotten very creative out there! Covered wagon anyone?
Included in this post are my top picks for Colorado and it’s neighboring state Utah. It’s a hop, skip and a jump from one state to another. So if you want to explore a few of these options over the course of a week that would be fantastic! Oh the things you will see along the way. Natural beauty galore!
Something to also consider is a National Parks annual pass for only $80. This gives you access to all the NPS parks for one singular fee of eighty bucks. A sweet deal, considering most parks charge an entrance fee of $30 for a daily car pass. I just bought my pass, an I know it will offer me lots of sweet inspo to get out there on more road trips.
Wondering who to glamp with? These properties have all kinds of arrangements to choose from. Some can accommodate families, others are more intimate for couples. Maybe make a girls trip out of it. The skies the limit!
Moab Under Canvas: If you love the idea of the high desert and the most stunning red rock formations then Moab, Utah is a must. It’s a hot spot for all kinds of adventures including hiking, mountain biking, rafting, horseback riding and star gazing. These tents will have you begging and booking another trip next year!
Broken Spur in Torrey, Utah: Be a pioneer! Stay in a very well-appointed Conestoga Wagon, reminiscent of the wild west. These wagons are exact replicas of the original big wagons used by the pioneers as they crossed the prairies, traversed mountains and colonized the American West.
While there, visit southern Utah’s stunning canyons. And the property is just minutes away from incredible national parks and forests. Capitol Reef National Park and Boulder Mountain are both just a short drive away.
Covered Wagons at Avalanche Ranch in Redstone, Colorado: Here you will have breathtaking Colorado country views and the ranch offers you great proximity to the hot springs. My favorite of the wagons is the colorful, boho-chic Gypsy Wagon, though I’m sure you can’t go wrong with any of them!
The Ranch is the perfect base camp for hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, paddle boarding. There’s also massage, yoga and plenty of yard games available.
Arapaho Valley Ranch in Granby, Colorado: These 3 Canvas military tents on wooden decks will treat you with views overlooking the lake. Each has a private fire pit so you can cook like a cowgirl. Granby is only 85 miles northwest of Denver and 14 miles southwest of Rocky Mountain National Park. So that means you can quickly leave the hustle bustle of the city and within 2 hours be soaking in mountain bliss.
Granby is home to views of the Continental Divide, National Forests, the Colorado and Fraser Rivers, and Lake Granby which is the 2nd largest body of water in Colorado.
4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott, Colorado: Go with the more spacious and secluded Summit tent or the more rustic, communal setting Journey tent. No matter which option you choose, you will be more than thrilled and very pampered. Each of these offerings are through Collective Retreats. This company specializes in creating memorable experiences in iconic destinations. This glamping experience would be booked through Collective Retreats.
The 4 Eagle Ranch is located near the ski resort Vail, Colorado. So you can get your dose of the chic Vail lifestyle as well. Embrace everything the Rocky Mountains has to offer at this property. From horseback riding, to paintball and even wine tasting. The offerings are great here and the views even greater!
Conestoga Ranch in Bear Lake, Utah: Choose from Royal and Grand tents or a selection of covered wagons. The accommodations are absolutely gorgeous! You will stay plenty busy or not…all up to how active you choose to be. Around Bear Lake so many grand adventures await including hunting for fossils, caving adventures, hiking, horseback riding and plenty of water sports as well.
Basecamp 37˚ in Kanab, Utah: Wozers! This place is glamping on steroids. Take some time to view the Milky Way from this pristine location. Soak in the high desert sun and just be. Kanab is located on Kanab Creek just north of the Arizona state line. The natural beauty of Kanab is astounding. With scenery ranging from coral pink cliffs and sand dunes, volcanic craters and lava flows to deep canyons, majestic mountains and plains. Don’t forget to visit the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument while there.
Capital Reef Resort in Torrey, Utah: Once again we end up back in Torrey, but for so many great reasons as this area is the hub for so much nature. These luxury teepees are decorated in traditional western furnishings that will make your trip to the Red Rocks all the more authentic. Private bathrooms are just steps away. There are also Conestoga wagons on this property should you want to go that route instead.
Bison Peak Lodge at Puma Hills in Lake George, Colorado: Here you have an epic array of lodging choices. Choose from a tipi, bubble tent, wagon or tree tent. The most glam being the tipis and wagons. But the bubble tents are pretty extraordinary too! Full stargazing from those beauties.
Staying at this property offers visitors all kinds of summer activities from gold panning, archery, hunting, hot air ballooning, fishing, hiking and so much more.
Red Cloud Ranch in Moffat, Colorado: Just because you don’t own an Airstream doesn’t mean you might not dream of staying in one! This 34′ Avion is located on a 40 acre ranch. Pristine settings surround you hear. From the front porch, enjoy views of the entire Sangre de Cristo mountain range, from Poncha Pass to Mt. Blanca.
The camper assures that you will be uber-comfortable. It offers heat-on-demand, sleeps four adults, has a working refrigerator, hot water and shower, three burner stove, fully functional toilet and booth-style seating plus sofa. All you need for a great stay in Moffat.
Have another glamping spot you love? Let me know about it in the comments. XO
*all photos in this post are credited back to the individual properties…other than the photo of me, taken by me.