If you’re in search of summer travel destinations to enjoy nature without taking a full deep woods camping trip, glamping may be the perfect solution. Glamping offers something for everyone, allowing you to keep the luxuries you just can’t live without while still immersing yourself in nature. Here’s some of the best glamping resorts in the Southwest to jumpstart your next adventure.
AutoCamp Joshua Tree | Joshua Tree, CA
For a destination a bit closer to home, AutoCamp Joshua Tree is a three-hour car trip from central Phoenix to Joshua Tree. Alternatively, opt for a quick one-hour ride into Palm Springs International Airport before heading to the autocamp.
AutoCamp Joshua Tree offers an array of amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool, yoga classes, complimentary WiFi and a bar and restaurant for visitors. The 25-acre property features 55 modernized trailers. Travelers can enjoy the amenities of a typical hotel suite, complete with functional kitchenettes and spacious bathrooms. The unconventional airstreams reside just near Joshua Tree Park, providing a natural, yet comforting, stay for any visitor.
Dunton River Camp | Dolores, CO
Nestled in a former cattle ranch from the late 1800s, This unique retreat is a blast to the past. Guests can experience the old American frontier between June and October, while still being able to partake in modern amenities, such as a spa, yoga classes, free WiFi and a bar and restaurant.
Your stay will take place in one of eight tent outposts that provide the ambiance of a luxurious hotel, complete with en-suite bathrooms, six-foot soaking tubs, king-sized beds and personal gas stoves. Guests can also enjoy the dining room and guest salon in the nearby renovated 19th-century farmhouse, or relax on the wraparound deck to take in the breathtaking view of the San Juan Mountains.
Hotel Luna Mystica | Taos, NM
What looks like a tin can is, in reality, a vintage trailer, each one with its own unique story. This vintage trailer glamping site is in the middle of the Mesa of Taos, New Mexico, and sticks out like a sore thumb with its colorful exterior. Each trailer is uniquely named after its distinct themed interior, with “Sundance” featuring old west interiors and framed photos from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the living room.
Most campers are excited to stargaze in this part of New Mexico. Each camper has a private patio to view the constellation-filled skies, while during the day travelers can explore outdoor activities or dine at the bar and restaurant.
ULUM Moab | Moab, UT
Guests at ULUM Moab, the newest Under Canvas outdoor hospitality rendition, are treated to the most elevated glamping retreat in Utah, with premier access to Moab’s distinctive Looking Glass Arch. The 5-star experience takes place in a safari-inspired tent surrounded by natural woods, woven rugs and earth-toned decor to make you feel truly one with the woods and the nearby rock envisions.
Visitors can enjoy yoga classes, a restaurant and free WiFi from the comfort of their tent. During the day, travelers can wander the stunning Arches National Parks and the Canyonlands, while at night they can gaze into the starry skies just outside. The stay is especially convenient for air travelers who can come directly from the Canyonlands Field Airport just under an hour away.
Yonder Escalante | Escalante, UT
Near Bryce Canyon National Park and within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, lies Yonder Escalante, offering 61 simplistic accommodations. The Utah campsite caters to a wide range of preferences with its 22 custom-designed cabins, 10 deluxe cabins, 10 fully renovated airstreams, and 19 RV and campsite spots, allowing every visitor to experience what the American West has to offer.
Yonder goes above and beyond to truly ensure guest satisfaction. They do this by offering a weather guarantee in partnership with Sensible Weather that will automatically reimburse travelers their trip costs should they experience any inclement weather for any part of their stay. This ensures guests can truly enjoy all that this hidden paradise has to offer.