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Best Glamping Destinations in the Valley

Taylor Transtrum | May 16, 2017 | Lifestyle Best of The Best Play

Experience the great outdoors sans childhood camping woes at these paramount "glamping" destinations.
One of the many luxury tent accomodations at Under Canvas.

1. Under Canvas
Arizona

Located just 40 minutes shy of the Grand Canyon, Under Canvas gives unprecedented access to Arizona’s very own wonder-of-the-world. The first of its kind in Arizona, this glamping resort offers eight different luxury tent options at Bill Williams Mountain—one of the largest Ponderosa pine forests in the world. Tents include amenities like wood burning stoves; Adirondack chairs; en-suite bathrooms; and luxurious linens. The campsite also offers a variety of outdoor adventures, including Grand Canyon Cavern hikes; ziplining; and whitewater rafting through the Grand Canyon. 710 E. U.S. Route 66, Williams, Ariz., 928.248.8808

2. Dunton River Camp
Colorado

Amidst a plethora of lush Aspen trees and surrounding Wilson Peak therein lies the magic of camping at this Cresto Ranch locale. Further aiding to its beauty are four tents so comfortable that you might just want to set up camp, permanently. Each tent is complete with a king-size bed, bath and shower, gas stove, complimentary wi-fi and telephone, as well as two mountain bikes. As if all of this isn’t enough to make camping enjoyable, throw in all-inclusive meals, drinks and a daily group-guided activity—with activity options ranging from horseback riding to mountain climbing. Dunton also has a secluded spa that offers massages, scrubs, facials and even yoga classes. 50016 Road 38, Dolores, Colo., 970.882.4800

3. Mustang Monument
Nevada

Who knew that tipis could be so glamorous? This eco-resort and wild horse preserve is known for its luxury tipi accommodations, which are a roomy 300 square feet each and feature hardwood floors; custom-made furniture; plush leather chairs; and inviting decor. Accommodation packages also include all meals, beverages, housekeeping and most activities. The resort also offers a full spa menu and luxury cottage accommodation options. HC Route 60, Wells, Nev., 888.979.1422

4. Capitol Reef Resort
Utah

If you’ve ever had a secret - albeit, random - desire to sleep in a Conestoga wagon, know that you are not alone. Located one mile from neighboring Capitol Reef National Park, this resort offers luxury Conestoga wagon, tipi, cabin and hotel accommodations with stunning Red Rock Cliff views. The resort also offers llama excursions, horseback riding excursions, seasonal hiking and four-wheel drive tours, a hot tub, an outdoor pool and a hotel restaurant. 2600 E. Utah State Route 24, Torrey, Utah, 435.425.3761

5. Tree Bones Resort
California

Pair the rugged coastlands of Big Sur with comfortable yurt lodging and stunning ocean views and you have the recipe for an exemplary glamping experience. The coastal resort’s luxury yurt accommodations all come fully furnished with running water and large redwood decks optimal for soaking up prime ocean views. Also offered is a distinct “autonomous tent” which the resort describes as “resembling the shape of a giant cocoon.” At 500 square feet, the remote accommodation includes a king-size bed, gas fireplace, leather chairs, ensuite bathroom, large deck with yet another fireplace and, most importantly, wide-scope exquisite views. For the daring traveler, it’s also worth checking out the aptly named “human nest,” a wood-woven nest scaled for two created by local Big Sur artist Jayson Fann. 71895 U.S. Highway 1, Big Sur, Calif., 877.424.4787



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