For those who enjoy fresh mountain air and stargazing but would rather spend the night in a king-size bed than in a sleeping bag, it’s time to check glamping (glamorous camping) off your bucket list. Here, five luxurious destinations where you can get the authenticity of camping in the great outdoors without losing the comforts of home.
Connect with nature in one of the inviting guest ranches at this eco-resort, which was once a railroad town along the gold rush trail to California. Nestled among majestic mountains, this sprawling property acts as a preserve for wild horses, so don’t be surprised to see mustangs galloping past your window. Choose to stay in a lavish tipi for a stylish tented experience or a homey safari cottage. You can engage in a variety of outdoor adventures, including horseback riding, hikes through the desert, range shooting, rope courses, archery, and rock-climbing. Warm Creek Ranch off Highway 93, Wells, NV, 888-979-1422
Indulge in your wild west fantasies with a stay in one of these glamorous log cabins, set in a romantic ghost town in an alpine valley of the Rocky Mountains. Each hand-built cabin has its own character and unique features, like private hot springs, a cold plunge pool, fireplace, wood-burning stove, and mountain or waterfall view. The scenery is so spectacular that you will feel like you’ve entered a movie set in a mining village from years ago. 52068 Road 38, Dolores, CO, 970-882-4800
Imported from Africa, the luxury tents of Safari West are plopped in the midst of a wildlife preserve. Fall asleep to sounds of monkeys, cheetahs, giraffes, and zebras. Instead of roughing it in the wilderness, each tent is built on high wooden platforms equipped with soft beds, private bathrooms with hot showers, gleaming wooden floors, and outdoor decks for lush accommodations that give off exotic safari vibes without having to fly overseas. 3115 Porter Creek Rd., Santa Rosa, CA, 707-579-2551
Make the most out of big sky country by staying in the outskirts of Glacier National Park in a safari tent, tipi, cabin, or treehouse. Opt for a safari tent suite for the most spacious and secluded digs with a bedroom wing, en suite bathroom with a freestanding bathtub, wood burning stove with firewood, and a private deck with lounge chairs. To experience the most that the national park has to offer, try your hand at fishing, whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, and horseback riding, all of which will be even better knowing you can kick back in luxury when you return to your campsite at the end of the day. 101 Under Canvas Rd., Coram, MT, 406-552-4195
Set in the scenic Jackson Hole Campground minutes away from Grand Teton National Park, these seasonal cabin rentals offer modern elegance in the heart of the rugged mountains. Each cabin is outfitted with full kitchens, toasty fireplaces, flat screen TVs, and furnished outdoor decks. When you are ready to explore the wilderness, visit the Granite hot springs, try fishing or whitewater rafting, or take a sunset flight above the Tetons before returning to your sanctuary for a peaceful evening in luxury. 2780 N. Moose Wilson Rd., Wilson, WY, 877-660-1177