• Glamping Offers Outdoor Adventures in Style

     
    POSTED May 28, 2015
     
  • Glamping Offers Outdoor Adventures in Style

     
    POSTED May 28, 2015
     
  • Glamping Offers Outdoor Adventures in Style

     
    POSTED May 28, 2015
     
  • Glamping Offers Outdoor Adventures in Style

     
    POSTED May 28, 2015
     

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.

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.

 

Only 90 minutes from Portland International Airport, groups can ski with locals, enjoy a beer at a craft brewery, spend the night in a mountain resort and follow snowshoe trails through old growth forests on Mt. Hood. These three ski resorts offer a wealth of entertaining options. mthoodterritory.com