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There is no shortage of unique stays around Phoenix or in Arizona in general. These days, everyone wants to spend their outdoor vacations in comfort. The more unique, the better, right? Sometimes you don’t want the full-on outdoor experience that comes with camping.
That’s where glamping gets its charm. To “glamp” is truly an experience. An experience that can range from incredibly luxurious to very rustic. Most glamping spots have two things in common: there are walls and a bed of some sort. Other than that, the sky is the limit.
That means a glamp spot could be a luxurious log cabin in the woods, complete with a jacuzzi and wifi. It could also be a tent near a good hiking trail with a double bed and a space heater. The bathroom is optional in some cases. Anything in between these two topics that you could imagine goes.
You’re super busy, and I’m sure you don’t want to do the legwork to find these spots. Don’t worry - I’ve found them for you. I’ve hand-picked the best glamping opportunities for you within a few hours’ drive of Phoenix. These spots are appropriate for a wide range of budgets.
For those who want to search for your own unusual, out-of-the-box, and luxury stays, filter your Airbnb searches by selecting such homes as “treehouse,” “cabin,” “tiny home,” or “tent.”
That’s right, and you can stay in a tent on Airbnb. Most of these tents aren’t what you think either - I’m not talking a shabby a-frame tent where you’re sleeping on the floor. Think more like an exotic safari tent or a full-on yurt with a kingsized bed.
One of the best parts about glamping is that the social distance aspect is already built into your day. To be on the safe side, remember to wear your mask in public. Also, carry hand sanitizer and sanitize often. After using the restroom, wash your hands thoroughly. Don’t go glamping if you’re sick, and if you know you’ve been exposed to COVID, just stay home.
So, mis amigos y amigas, let’s go glamping this weekend!
Suitable for two guests, this one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is full of pure southwestern charm. Located in the Aravaipa Canyon, it features a stone fireplace and a queen bed. Eclectically decorated, this colorful house is a true artist's retreat. The desert views from the property are magical!
This relaxing retreat includes a limited kitchen, although outdoor cooking is welcome here. You are free to roam the farm while you stay, including pecan trees, chickens, and other new orchards. In fact, there are also several BLM hiking trails nearby for you to explore during your trip.
This nature retreat is perfectly suited for two guests and features one bedroom and one full bathroom. This vintage RV is the epitome of glamping at its finest! The camper contains a full kitchen, a full bathroom (with a nice, clean shower), and is fully heated.
The camper itself is cozy, immaculately clean, and decorated thoughtfully for everything you might need for your stay. Also, there are plenty of outdoor seating, a BBQ grill, and views that you won’t want to take your eyes off. The vista of Superstition mountain, paired with close hiking trails - will have you relaxing in nature all weekend.
This one-bed, one-bath tiny home is well-suited for those who want to explore a new area and see some nature without giving up the feeling of being in an actual house. Fully heated, with all the amenities you could need during a stay. There is a full kitchen - complete with seasonal eggs from the owner's chickens! There is also a full, private bath.
Be fully prepared for deer or coyote to walk through the yard in the evenings! Relax around a campfire, or spend your nights watching TV and playing board games. During the day, the house is minutes from both Prescott and hiking trails, meaning you won’t run out of things to do here.
This unique house was built in the 1970s and was carved directly from the earth. This is a true one-of-a-kind and unique home. The shower is located in the living area, for one. The open doorways feature steps down into the next room for two, except there aren’t any steps! You’ll need to duck to get into the rooms, and you’ll need to be fully aware of your surroundings.
This space is not ADA accessible, nor is it for the faint of heart. However, it is heated in the winter, has AC in the summer, and features gorgeous skylights that will make any stargazer drool. There is also a hot tub on the property, and the space includes a queen-sized bed. Glamping has never had it so good!
This dome house truly looks like something out of a science fiction movie, but it comes stacked with all of the amenities you could ever need. This space comfortably fits 8 guests with its 2 bedrooms, 7 bed, and 2 bathrooms set up. The living space is lofty, huge, and decorated with a modern flourish.
There is an outdoor fire pit perfect for stargazing with your friends. The host lives in one half of the dome “ring,” but you will feel secluded and alone here due to the hosts “one party at a time” booking policy. The property has amazing views of the surrounding mountains, and the hosts will even lend you a Red Rocks pass to give you access to local hiking trails.
Have you ever dreamt of sleeping in a cave? No? What about a heated cave where you have your own mattress, heated blanket, and the ability to charge your cell phone? This property near Sedona is about as unique as it gets, folks! Amazing for adventurous couples or families, this cave will sleep up to four guests. There is only one bedroom, but there are multiple beds available for you.
There is no bathroom in the cave, but guests will have access to a bathroom area, separate room, and the cave itself. There is also a creek below the cave to play in when the weather allows. Guests will have to sign a waiver to stay here - talk about an adventure!
This tiny home is perfect for two guests and has one bedroom and one bathroom. There is a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and a BBQ pit available for you as well. The large wrap porch will make this home feel much larger than it is!
This place is but thoughtfully decorated. The porch itself has stunning views of the surrounding mountains, which makes this homework renting all on its own. Plus, the home is only 10 minutes from Roosevelt Lake - perfect for fisherman or lake junkies. The house itself sits on an acre of land so that you can explore ‘til your heart's content!