We never really camped as kids, so when I embarked on my first camping trip as a young adult camping with friends, the first lesson was: bring someone who knows what they are doing! All around us, campers were cooking what seemed like gourmet meals with nice campfire seating and everything they needed to create a lovely experience out in the woods. I knew there had to be a better way.
Today, hotels and hospitality groups are delivering a luxury camping experiences with elevated tents, creature comforts and firepits ready to go. Also called glamping, everything you need is provided, leaving all your energy for fun hiking, mountain biking, stargazing and telling stories over marshmallows on an open fire.
Take a look at our favorite places to indulge in the luxury of camping in glam tents in some of the most scenic places in the country.
Today, hotels and hospitality groups are delivering a luxury camping experiences with elevated tents, creature comforts and firepits ready to go.
Dunton Hot Springs
DUNTON HOT SPRINGS | Colorado
Dunton Hot Springs is a small exclusive resort nestled in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies just across the mountain from Telluride. This restored 1800s ghost town thrives on contradictions—hand-hewn log cabins exquisitely furnished, a life-worn saloon serving high-end food, challenging trails followed by pampering massages, sensuous natural hot springs beneath shimmering snowbanks, and wireless internet access to the sound of a tumbling waterfall.
Dunton Hot Springs
Just like a television show we’ve seen; this entire town can be rented for events.
And this all-natural resort with luxury camping tents embraces sustainability, using electricity generated by 100-percent renewable energy, making sustainably sourced vegetable-wax candles in house, using wastepaper for fire starting, composting, and making all yogurt, cottage cheese and cream cheese in-house to eliminate 70 percent of plastic containers brought on site.
VENTANA | Big Sur, CA
Luxury camping in Big Sur is never better than at Ventana with safari-style tent cabins that are super luxe and offer views of the 20-acre, redwood canyon. Guests have access to swimming pools, fitness studios and dining facilities.
Sleep deeply on a custom-designed mattress and premium linens in your safari-style luxury camping tent. Each tent has potable hot and cold water, USB charging stations, electric lamps, a picnic table and hand-held lanterns. Zingle communication is available. But this is a place to unwind, so light up the propane fire pit on your deck or the wood-burning firepit nearby to make s’mores and regale the day of outdoor experiences.
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HUTTOPIA ADIRONDACKS | Lake Luzerne, NY
Just one hour from Albany and a few miles from Lake George Village in Adirondack Park, you can escape to a secluded forest with wood and canvas tents with all the comforts of home. Huttopia offers five locations in the US and Canada, and the Adirondacks makes us long for summer vacations of years ago.
Nestled into the base of Kenyon Mountain and spread out over nearly 300 acres of woodlands, Huttopia is the ideal basecamp for adventure—explore the Adirondacks on motorcycle, by foot, on a bike, and in a kayak or canoe. Enjoy a meal at the bistro or pick up supplies for s’mores at the camp store before you begin stargazing at your luxury camping tent around the firepit. Opportunities for whitewater rafting, tubing and boating abound.
RIVER CAMPS | The Resort at Paws Up, MT
There’s nothing like sleeping under the stars, listening to nature and calling your butler when you need an extra pillow. Yes, this IS camping. From May through October, The Resort at Paws Up hosts a luxe Montana glamping resort, featuring six camps with safari-style luxury tents that cater to families, couples and groups. They call it roughing it, redefined.
River Camp’s one-bedroom, 605-square-foot tents accommodate up to 2 guests and offer an impressive array of amenities including a quality bed, a private en suite bathroom, a dining pavilion and a camping butler who caters to your every whim. Each tent offers a private deck, electricity that drives air conditioning, heat and internet service. While you’re gone, your housekeeper will tidy your luxury camping tent.
COLLECTIVE RETREATS| Wolcott, CO
With five total locations, Collective specializes in luxe destinations without compromising the comforts and luxuries of resort experiences with bespoke accommodations and gourmet dining under the stars.
At Collective Vail, indulge in massage, meditation, yoga, horseback riding and cooking classes. Restore yourself in the mountain air with iconic vistas, private gourmet farm-to-ranch dining, and artisanal s’mores under the stars.
Luxury lodgings are indigenous to the surroundings with luxury camping tents, a king bed fitted with 1,500 thread-count sheets, an antler chandelier, locally sourced décor and luxurious spa baths.
For fun, guests are invited to create their own personalized traveler’s mark, much like a personal logo for traveling.
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UNDER CANVAS | USA
If you are looking for a luxe way to see the national parks in a luxury camping tent, like Yellowstone, Glacier, Zion, Grand Canyon, the Great Smoky Mountains and Lake Powell, Under Canvas offers their signature experience in many locations similar to a hotel “chain,” offering two- to four-person luxe canvas tents, including a suite and teepee-style kids’ tents.
Each camp offers housekeeping and a concierge who can help you plan your adventures—kayaking, whitewater rafting, canyoneering, lobstering, touring on UTVs and hiking with a local expert guide.
Under Canvas believes that good food fuels adventure, fosters community and enhances your overall experience, so an ever-changing menu embraces both seasonality and locally sourced produce, featuring hot breakfasts and bottomless coffee; charcuterie boards, and fresh salads and fish, including camp cookouts and evening s’mores.
If you need a more DIY experience than a luxury camping tent, explore a variety of RV sites and vacation rentals like cabins, cottages and yurts through a convenient, new app CampUSA, that makes it easy to search for campgrounds by current location, state, campground name and amenities. You can view photos, descriptions and nearby campgrounds to help you decide where your next great adventure will take you. Available as both a website and an app for both iPhone and Android, CampUSA puts more than 1,200 of the top RV resorts and campgrounds in North America at your fingertips. CampUSA allows you to locate, learn about and book reservations at a range of campgrounds across the country, including networks Thousand Trails, KOA and Encore.