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.

Under Canvas Tucson has introduced a winter glamping experience from December through April at America’s oldest dude ranch, Tanque Verde Ranch. Situated amongst the Rincon Mountains and adjacent to Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest, the 640- acre ranch serves as the backdrop for 26 safari-style tents. Guests have access to the ranch’s on-site amenities, including La Sonora Spa, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, food and beverage outlets and many activities.


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Two Roads Hospitality has assumed management of L’Auberge de Sedona and Orchards Inn, which are now part of the Denver-based company’s Destination Hotels collection, which features more than 40 properties. L’Auberge de Sedona features 4,480 square feet of event space in addition to several outdoor venues, 62 luxury cottages, 21 traditional lodgestyle guest rooms and the five-bedroom Creekhouse. Many of the guest rooms feature new furniture and design elements.