Where to Find the Best Glamping in the West
7 Over-the-Top Luxury Camping Resorts
Have you ever enjoyed turn-down service…in a tent? How about breakfast in your camp bed or nightly s’mores service? Even if you’re a hardcore camper, happy to rough it, c’mon…this sounds pretty great, right? Here’s where you can find glamping at its best in the western U.S.
1) Dunton River Camp – Cresto Ranch, Colorado
Nestled in the Colorado Rockies on the banks of the Dolores River, the summer-only Dunton River Camp offers eight super spacious safari-style tents that come complete with your own bathroom and a luxurious 6-foot soaker tub. Enjoy chef-prepared meals at the on-site farmhouse, evening cocktails at the communal fire pit, a riverside sauna and complimentary mountain bikes to explore the spectacular local trails.
2) The Resort at Paws Up – Greenough, Montana
Located on Montana’s Blackfoot River, Paws Up goes above and beyond for its tent camping guests, with private camp butlers, a concierge tent serving gourmet breakfast, snacks, and drinks, and luxury bedding. Plus, daily activities at Paws Up can include cattle wrangling, helicopter rides, hot air balloon journeys, and fly fishing.
3) Fireside Resort – Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole has its share of luxury accommodations, but at Fireside Resort, you can pretend you’re roughing it in your own tiny house-style cabin. Enjoy a full kitchen, curl up by your own fireplace, and cross-country ski from your front door in winter. There’s also an outdoor fire pit at each unit if your glamping experience won’t be complete without a campfire.
4) Glacier Under Canvas – Glacier National Park, Montana
Under Canvas is a glamping resort company that’s all about location, location, location. Each of their sites are conveniently situated near some of the country’s most spectacular national parks, including Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Zion and Moab. At their Glacier location, just seven miles from the park entrance, guests can choose from safari-style tents, teepees or deluxe set-ups that can accommodate up to six people.
5) AutoCamp – Russian River, California
Camp overnight in a vintage Airstream trailer decked out with comfy hotel-quality bedding and linens, a spa-inspired bathroom, and a mini kitchen complete with the necessities. There are also a number of luxurious canvas tents on site and an ultra-sleek communal area that beckons glampers to relax with its indoor/outdoor fire pits. Only 90 minutes north of San Francisco, AutoCamp’s Russian River location is within easy distance of the Sonoma wine country and close to plenty of outdoor recreation in the California redwoods.
6) Collective Retreats Yellowstone – Big Sky, Montana
Collective Retreats’ Yellowstone location (they offer luxury camping at several sites throughout the U.S.), may be an hour drive from the park’s west entrance, but it’s in the heart of Montana’s scenic Moonlight Basin where nearby outdoor activities abound. After a day of world-class trout fishing, hiking, horseback riding or rafting, enjoy chef-prepared meal under the stars, s’mores by the campfire and a plush night’s sleep in a luxury tent that boasts king-size beds, Pendleton blankets and a private bathroom housed in a custom teepee adjacent to your tent.
7) Treebones – Big Sur, California
At Treebones in Big Sur you can stay in an autonomous tent or canvas yurt perched on the edge of the stunning California coastline. Or, if you’re more into sleeping outdoors, you can opt for the ‘human nest’, a cozy shelter that resembles a bird’s nest. The glamping resort boasts an organic garden, inspired architectural designs, and even two restaurants on premise, including a sushi bar.
Photos from top: River tents at dusk – Dunton River Camp; River tent – Dunton River Camp; Paws Up – Stuart Thurkkill; Fireside Resort’s Kamp Haus – Krafty Photos; Glacier Under Canvas Suite – Tiffany Rose; AutoCamp at Russian River – Taylor Davis; Collective Retreat Yellowstone; Treebones autonomous tent – Kodiak Greenwood