Let’s face it: not everyone is made for roughing it, but sometimes you just want to experience a night under the stars. If you’d rather spend time in the great outdoors with more creature comforts than creatures—and perhaps a few luxuries—then glamping is for you.
Instead of conventional tents, sleeping bags, and lanterns, glamping, a.k.a glamorous camping, brings luxury into the mix with the comforts of home like real furniture, linens, electricity, and sometimes even air conditioning and bathrooms.
While the word glamping is relatively new, the concept isn’t. The Turks set up luxurious tent cities during the Ottoman Empire, and a Scottish duke created a palatial glampground for King James V during a 16th century visit to the Highlands. During the early 1900s, wealthy British and Americans travelers to Africa demanded their safari adventures with a side of luxury. Today, glamping is growing in popularity in the U.S., especially out west.
Glamping.com describes the glamping experience as the best of camping—fresh air, s’mores, campfires, and nature’s soundtrack—without the worst of camping, like lugging around equipment and sleeping on the lumpy ground in a not-so-waterproof tent.
When you put it that way, we can get behind glamping.
In fact, we have!
Enjoy luxury glamping in Utah at Zion Ponderosa’s new glamping area. Located behind our cowboy cabins, our glampground features six elevated tents circled around a central fire pit, so you can enjoy s’mores, friendship, and clear, starry skies in total comfort.
We provide comfy beds, cozy bedding, and even a love seat for lounging. Each tent is built on a wooden platform to keep you off the ground, and some have a dresser so you can unpack and stay a while. Enjoy the clear night skies twinkling with stars right outside your tent flap—that you didn’t have to set up. All you have to do is turn up at your glampsite and turn down the bedcovers.
Now that’s what we call “roughing it” in style!