11 Dreamy Glamping and Ranching Experiences Across the US

by Anne Roderique-Jones and Christina Garofalo

11 Dreamy Glamping and Ranching Experiences Across the US

by Anne Roderique-Jones and Christina Garofalo

Looking to shake up your next outdoor adventure? Try glamping or ranching (or even a vintage trailer) instead. Here, 11 exhilarating ways to experience the outdoors.

Looking to shake up your next outdoor adventure? Try glamping or ranching (or even a vintage trailer) instead. Here, 11 exhilarating ways to experience the outdoors.

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Sandy Pines Campgrounds Unique Retreats / Photo courtesy of the property
Under Canvas Grand Canyon
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Under Canvas

The brainchild of Sarah and Jacob Dusek, Under Canvas offers luxurious glamping-style accommodations, all perfectly positioned to explore America’s most iconic national parks and monuments. Guests also have access to plush bedding, flushing toilets, and hot showers. 

The brainchild of Sarah and Jacob Dusek, Under Canvas offers luxurious glamping-style accommodations, all perfectly positioned to explore America’s most iconic national parks and monuments. Guests also have access to plush bedding, flushing toilets, and hot showers. 

Under Canvas Grand Canyon
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Under Canvas

The Experience: Current locations include the Grand Canyon, Moab, Yellowstone, Glacier, Zion, Great Smoky Mountains, Mount Rushmore, Tucson — and coming soon is Yosemite, Sonoma, Joshua Tree, and Catalina Island. Rates from $189 per night. 

The Experience: Current locations include the Grand Canyon, Moab, Yellowstone, Glacier, Zion, Great Smoky Mountains, Mount Rushmore, Tucson — and coming soon is Yosemite, Sonoma, Joshua Tree, and Catalina Island. Rates from $189 per night. 

Sorrel River Ranch
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Sorrel River Ranch

Located in Moab, Sorrel River Ranch is one part luxury and one part adventure. 55 custom-built cabins dot 240 acres of land. Each includes a private outdoor deck with seating (or a swing), along with dining areas and a kitchenette, plus Frette robes and high-end bath products. 

Located in Moab, Sorrel River Ranch is one part luxury and one part adventure. 55 custom-built cabins dot 240 acres of land. Each includes a private outdoor deck with seating (or a swing), along with dining areas and a kitchenette, plus Frette robes and high-end bath products. 

Sorrel River Ranch
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Sorrel River Ranch

The Experience: You can spend the morning hiking and the afternoon horseback riding (or on a jeep tour). Afterwards, chill out at either the pool — which offers killer views — or the spa. Evenings are best spent enjoying a farm-to-table dinner and roasting s’mores around a campfire. Rates from $439 per night. 

The Experience: You can spend the morning hiking and the afternoon horseback riding (or on a jeep tour). Afterwards, chill out at either the pool — which offers killer views — or the spa. Evenings are best spent enjoying a farm-to-table dinner and roasting s’mores around a campfire. Rates from $439 per night. 

Glamping Tent at Big Cedar Lodge
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Big Cedar Lodge

Situated deep in the Ozark Mountains, this wilderness retreat overlooks the blue-green waters of Table Rock Lake, which makes it an ideal destination for boating enthusiasts and outdoor lovers. Guests can fish, water ski, tube, and boat, as well as spend time in the wilderness. The spa is incredible, too; each treatment room comes complete with a fireplace. 

Situated deep in the Ozark Mountains, this wilderness retreat overlooks the blue-green waters of Table Rock Lake, which makes it an ideal destination for boating enthusiasts and outdoor lovers. Guests can fish, water ski, tube, and boat, as well as spend time in the wilderness. The spa is incredible, too; each treatment room comes complete with a fireplace. 

Glamping Tent at Big Cedar Lodge
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Big Cedar Lodge

The Experience: The newest addition to the property is Camp Long Creek. Here, you'll find camp huts, cabins, and glamping units right on the lake. Every tent is outfitted with king canopy beds, chandeliers, and an outdoor living space with a fire pit, shower, and a galvanized tub for outdoor bathing. Rates from $115 per night. 

The Experience: The newest addition to the property is Camp Long Creek. Here, you'll find camp huts, cabins, and glamping units right on the lake. Every tent is outfitted with king canopy beds, chandeliers, and an outdoor living space with a fire pit, shower, and a galvanized tub for outdoor bathing. Rates from $115 per night. 

Glamping at The Resort at Paws Up
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The Resort at Paws Up

Situated on a 37,000-acre working cattle ranch in western Montana, The Resort at Paws Up features more than 100 miles of trails where Lewis and Clark once walked. Today, guests can enjoy the outdoors with the comforts of chic furnishings, high-thread-count bedding, and en suite baths. 

Situated on a 37,000-acre working cattle ranch in western Montana, The Resort at Paws Up features more than 100 miles of trails where Lewis and Clark once walked. Today, guests can soak up the outdoors with the comforts of chic furnishings, high-thread-count bedding, and en suite baths. 

Glamping at The Resort at Paws Up
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The Resort at Paws Up

The Experience: Guests can choose from private homes to luxury tents (this place practically pioneered the whole glamping thing). Activities include horseback riding, fly fishing, dog sledding, and relaxing at the spa. Rates from $471 per night, depending on the accommodations and the time of year.

The Experience: Guests can choose from private homes to luxury tents (this place practically pioneered the whole glamping thing). Activities include horseback riding, fly fishing, dog sledding, and relaxing at the spa. Rates from $471 per night, depending on the accommodations and the time of year.

The Trailer Pond
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The Trailer Pond

Located among the wineries of Paso Robles, The Trailer Pond sits upon 130 acres of Alta Colina Vineyard, and features five vintage Tinker Tin trailers. The name might sound a bit quirky, but rest assured, this is a luxe experience that offers tons of fun, to boot. 

Located among the wineries of Paso Robles, The Trailer Pond sits upon 130 acres of Alta Colina Vineyard, and features five vintage Tinker Tin trailers. The name might sound a bit quirky, but rest assured, this is a luxe experience that offers tons of fun, to boot. 

The Trailer Pond
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The Trailer Pond

The Experience: Each of the colorful trailers come with the original ice box, high-end bedding and coffee, and board games. If you're a fan of nostalgia — or want the best possible Instagram pics — this place is tops. There is no wifi, so guests can spend time socializing, playing cards, and sipping wine under the stars. Rates from $250 per night.

The Experience: Each of the colorful trailers come with the original ice box, high-end bedding and coffee, and board games. If you're a fan of nostalgia or want the best possible Instagram pics, this place is tops. There is no wifi, so guests can spend time socializing, playing cards, and sipping wine under the stars. Rates from $250 per night.

Piney River Ranch Cabins
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Piney River Ranch

This remote 150-acre ranch (which is just 40 minutes from Vail) sleeps up to 55 guests in cabins, tents, and a yurt. Guests can hike to waterfalls and ride horseback amid the Aspens and Evergreens of White River National Forest. Alternatively, head to Piney Lake — with the 14,000-foot snow-covered Gore Range in the backdrop — to fly fish, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard. The ranch is open from late June to September.

This remote 150-acre ranch (which is just 40 minutes from Vail) sleeps up to 55 guests in cabins, tents, and a yurt. Guests can hike to waterfalls and ride horseback amid the Aspens and Evergreens of White River National Forest. Alternatively, head to Piney Lake — with the 14,000-foot snow-covered Gore Range in the backdrop — to fly-fish, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard. The ranch is open from late June to September.

Piney River Ranch Glamping Tent
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Piney River Ranch

The Experience: Each of the three stylish glamping tents have wood floors, southwestern rugs, and a wood-burning stove. There’s no wifi or cell service here (or private showers, for that matter), so be prepared to disconnect. Guests can dine in the onsite restaurant or cook on personal campfires. Keep your eyes peeled for the resident family of moose and the friendly bear. Rates from $219 per night. 

The Experience: Each of the three stylish glamping tents have wood floors, southwestern rugs, and a wood-burning stove. There’s no wifi or cell service here (or private showers, for that matter), so be prepared to disconnect. Guests can dine in the onsite restaurant or cook on personal campfires. Keep your eyes peeled for the resident family of moose and the friendly bear. Rates from $219 per night. 

Glamping at Little Raccoon Key
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Little Raccoon Key

Groups of up to 20 can book this exclusive uninhabited island off the coast of Georgia, which is home to abundant marine and wildlife. With a focus on conservation, the glamp camp (open year-round) is entirely solar-powered and has a rain harvest outdoor shower. Amenities include an indoor and outdoor kitchenette, memory foam mattresses, and a dry flush toilet tent. Guests arrive by private boat charter.

Groups of up to 20 can book this exclusive uninhabited island off the coast of Georgia, which is home to abundant marine and wildlife. With a focus on conservation, the glamp camp (open year-round) is entirely solar-powered and has a rain harvest outdoor shower. Amenities include an indoor and outdoor kitchenette, memory foam mattresses, and a dry flush toilet tent. Guests arrive by private boat charter.

Glamping at Little Raccoon Key
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Little Raccoon Key

The Experience: Guests can immerse themselves in the island’s rich ecological wonders — whether by fishing, hiking, horseback riding, or taking a marine biology or history tour. There's also a private chef available for hire. Meals can include Low Country boil and fresh local oysters along with an oyster reef lesson. Rates from $399 per night. 

The Experience: Guests can immerse themselves in the island’s rich ecological wonders — whether by fishing, hiking, horseback riding, or taking a marine biology or history tour. There's also a private chef available for hire. Meals can include Low Country boil and fresh local oysters along with an oyster reef lesson. Rates from $399 per night.

Firelight Camps
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Firelight Camps

Set on a secluded swath of a 70-acre resort in Ithaca, Firelight’s safari tents have hardwood floors, fleece bedding, and a covered porch. There are also four higher-priced tents that come with electric heaters and outlets. Your stay includes personal campfires in the morning and evening, s’more kits, local wine and beer, daily breakfast and coffee/tea in the lodge, and a shared bath house.

Set on a secluded swath of a 70-acre resort in Ithaca, Firelight’s safari tents have hardwood floors, fleece bedding, and a covered porch. There are also four higher-priced tents that come with electric heaters and outlets. Your stay includes personal campfires in the morning and evening, s’more kits, local wine and beer, daily breakfast and coffee/tea in the lodge, and a shared bath house.

Firelight Camps
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Firelight Camps

The Experience: Firelight offers the best of both worlds: Direct access to Upper Buttermilk Falls hiking trails and gorges (plus nearby parks) makes it easy for guests to connect with nature. Also, Firelight is a short drive from the Seneca and Cayuga wine trails and downtown Ithaca, where you'll find farmers markets, restaurants, and more. Glamping is open from May 10 through November 2. Rates from $189 per night. 

The Experience: Firelight offers the best of both worlds: Direct access to Upper Buttermilk Falls hiking trails and gorges (plus nearby parks) makes it easy for guests to connect with nature. Also, Firelight is a short drive from the Seneca and Cayuga wine trails and downtown Ithaca, where you'll find farmers markets, restaurants, and more. Glamping is open from May 10 through November 2. Rates from $189 per night. 

Accomodations at El Cosmico
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El Cosmico

For those in the know, Marfa (located in Western Texas) has become a sort of artsy enclave — a natural base for this elevated campground by Bunkhouse Group (behind Austin’s namesake motel). Accommodations include vintage trailers, yurts, and tents. The 21-acre property also has a hammock grove, an outdoor kitchen, a bath house, a lounge, and wood-fired hot tubs. 

For those in the know, Marfa (located in Western Texas) has become a sort of artsy enclave — a natural base for this elevated campground by Bunkhouse Group (behind Austin’s namesake motel). Accommodations include vintage trailers, yurts, and tents. The 21-acre property also has a hammock grove, an outdoor kitchen, a bath house, a lounge, and wood-fired hot tubs. 

Tents at El Cosmico
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El Cosmico

The Experience: Guests can take art workshops, catch live music, stargaze, and bike. Marfa is a launchpoint for Big Bend National Park, McDonald Observatory, Chinati Hot SpringsDavis Mountains State Park, and Balmorhea State Park. El Cosmico is open year-round, but temperatures can drop below freezing from November through March. Wifi is available in the lobby, but can be spotty. Rates from $85 per night. 

The Experience: Guests can take art workshops, catch live music, stargaze, and bike. Marfa is a launchpoint for Big Bend National Park, McDonald Observatory, Chinati Hot SpringsDavis Mountains State Park, and Balmorhea State Park. El Cosmico is open year-round, but temperatures can drop below freezing from November through March. Wifi is available in the lobby, but can be spotty. Rates from $85 per night. 

Glamping at Mountain Horse Farm
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Mountain Horse Farm

This wellness-focused farm in Upstate New York has two Sioux-style accommodations with unique canvas-wall paintings, and are outfitted with king beds, blankets, and Adirondack chairs. The lodge is just a short walk away, and has a bathroom, lounge, AC, fridge, outlets, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. 

This wellness-focused farm in Upstate New York has two Sioux-style accommodations with unique canvas-wall paintings, and are outfitted with king beds, blankets, and Adirondack chairs. The lodge is just a short walk away, and has a bathroom, lounge, AC, fridge, outlets, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. 

Glamping at Mountain Horse Farm
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Mountain Horse Farm

The Experience: Part B&B, part wellness retreat, Mountain Horse hosts a quirky stress-relief program in the form of cow and mini-horse cuddling. Meditation, spa services, and yoga are also available, as are three miles of hiking trails. Naples is near the Seneca, Keuka, and Canandaigua wine and beer trails, plus Letchworth and Watkins Glen State Parks. Rates from $150 per night. 

The Experience: Part B&B, part wellness retreat, Mountain Horse hosts a quirky stress-relief program in the form of cow and mini-horse cuddling. Meditation, spa services, and yoga are also available, as are three miles of hiking trails. Naples is near the Seneca, Keuka, and Canandaigua wine and beer trails, plus Letchworth and Watkins Glen State Parks. Rates from $150 per night. 

Glamping at Sandy Pines Campgrounds
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Sandy Pines

Sandy Pines offers a variety of glamping accommodations — from wood-and-canvas A-frames to a brand-new line of “Unique Retreats,” which include an Airstream, a see-through dome, and Conestoga Wagons. All overlook the property’s salt marsh and are equipped with heat and AC, lighting, an outdoor dining setup, and a fire pit. And, since the property is located in Kennebunkport, you’re just a few minutes from the beach.

Sandy Pines offers a variety of glamping accommodations — from wood-and-canvas A-frames to a brand-new line of “Unique Retreats,” which include an Airstream, a see-through dome, and Conestoga Wagons. All overlook the property’s salt marsh and are equipped with heat and AC, lighting, an outdoor dining setup, and a fire pit. And, since the property is located in Kennebunkport, you’re just a few minutes from the beach.

Glamping at Sandy Pines Campgrounds
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Sandy Pines

The Experience: The glamp-ground has a heated saltwater pool, outdoor games, and wifi, along with bikes, paddleboards, and kayaks available for rent. The lodge stocks groceries and camping essentials (e.g. charcoal and bug spray), and a snack bar that serves coffee and fresh baked goods. There are also movie nights and live music. It’s open mid-May to mid-Oct. Rates from $69 per night for A-frame huts and $199 per night for Unique Retreats.

The Experience: The glamp-ground has a heated saltwater pool, outdoor games, and wifi, along with bikes, paddleboards, and kayaks available for rent. The lodge stocks groceries and camping essentials (e.g. charcoal and bug spray), and a snack bar that serves coffee and fresh baked goods. There are also movie nights and live music. It’s open mid-May to mid-Oct. Rates from $69 per night for A-frame huts and $199 per night for Unique Retreats.

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