Glamping is here to stay, at least for the near future. It’s the “soft” way to camp for groups, with less grit and more glamour. Here are some great options in the Mountain West to consider.

One of the newest is Conestoga Ranch at Utah’s Bear Lake in Garden City. With a soft opening in late June and official opening July 1, the 18-acre resort can host up to 160 guests in eight high-end glamping tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring hot showers and 16 custom-crafted conestogas, more commonly known as covered wagons. Resort amenities include a main lodge with restaurant and bar, game tent, bathhouse, shake shack and activities field. Live entertainment, rodeos and equipment rentals such as paddleboards and other water recreation equipment promise to keep everyone having fun.

Last April, Moab became Utah’s first glamping location with the opening of Moab Under Canvas, providing guests with safari-style accommodations that disappear at the end of the travel season, with little trace left on the landscape. Not only are the views of Arches National Park monumental, relaxation and adrenaline packages can be added and include activities such as hot air ballooning, scenic flights, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and more. Moab Under Canvas can sleep groups of up to 120 and host gatherings for up to 300 guests. Large TipiMarqui tents have sides that flip up and down for seasonal weather and allow for combining up to seven tents to create artful spaces for group dining, dancing, receptions and other private events. The company also has Glacier Under Canvas and Yellowstone Under Canvas in Montana.

At The High Lonesome Ranch in DeBeque, Colorado, Castle Rock Camp sleeps up to 16 guests in distinct tents with large log poles. Private luxury bathrooms with stone showers and closets keep the comfort level high, plus it’s hard to beat sleeping to the sounds of nearby Kimball Creek. A 2,800-square-foot lodge is the place for meals and gatherings, and a veranda offers magnificent views of Castle Rock and the surroundings. Plus, tap into the activities and additional lodging options the ranch offers.

As the gateway to several of the state’s mountain resorts, Salt Lake City boasts a booming dining and nightlife scene worthy of checking out including a new beer hall and downtown theater and several restaurants with private dining space that recently joined the scene.


Active groups are often happy groups, at least those that are visiting the U.S. Mountain West. Why stay inside meeting rooms all day when there is so much more that can be incorporated as demonstrated by these new ideas from Wyoming, California and Arizona?


3,928 mountain peaks & summits
more mountains than any one of the other mountain states (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming)

26 peaks that are more than
10,000 feet in elevation

Mount Lemmon
in the Santa Catalina Mountains is the southernmost ski resort in the United States