Glamp it up: Arizona's best glamping sites

Peter Watson

Arizona is home to a host of glamorous camping options. I've picked out my eight favorite glamping sites in the Copper State.

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Glamp out beneath the stars in ArizonaAmerican Safari Camp

Many people enjoy taking to the great outdoors with nothing more than a backpack of supplies, but rough-and-tumble adventures are not for everyone. Some prefer a more elegant experience in nature.

Thanks to the ‘glamping’ phenomenon, the words luxurious and camping can finally be used in the same sentence. No more sore backs from sleeping on rocks. No more pounding tent stakes into the ground.

No more eating stale trail mix and whatever can be cooked in a pot over the fire. It’s time to relax in nature with spacious tents, fluffy beds, private chefs, and whatever else you can dream of.

Shash Diné Eco-Retreat

Shash Diné Eco-Retreat is a “glamping bed-and-breakfast” that allows guests to enjoy a remarkable stay in the Navajo Nation.

Shash Diné Eco-Retreat provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, while still being able to sleep comfortably in homey Bell tents.

Each tent is outfitted with beds, bathing accommodations, lanterns and games. Each site also has a fire pit where guests can cook s’mores and other treats.

The history of the land dates back to ancient times. Petroglyphs, arrowheads and shards of pottery can be found while hiking, remnants of days long past can still be seen in artefacts of local Dine, as well as in the old wagon trails littered with antique glass that glitter in the sun. Just make sure to leave them and preserve them for future generations.

Shash Diné Eco-Retreat offers cabins, tents and shepherd huts, which help create the perfect, “off-the-grid” lodging experience for every adventurer.

Arizona Luxury Expeditions

Arizona Luxury Expeditions offers mobile luxury campsites to any location in Arizona, specializing in the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Page, and Sedona, as well as anywhere in the Southwest.

The tours can accommodate various locations on a single trip, making it possible to see, feel and experience more without sacrificing time or any destinations on your dream trip through Arizona. For lodging, guests can expect to stay in Safaristyle expedition tents.

Each tent is fitted with necessities like fully-dressed beds, fans, towels, lighting and a fully supplied shower caddie to compliment the toilets and showers that are also available on the glampsite.

Their ‘glamping’ packages include far more than just luxurious lodging. Operators will also be available at the glampsite to ensure that guests will be able to truly enjoy a relaxing and stress-free trip. These operators will prepare meals and assist as professional guides.

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Arizona Luxury Expeditions in the Grand CanyonArizona Luxury Expeditions

They will also be able to assist in organizing activities – everything from helicopter and jeep tours to horseback riding and river rafting.

Aramark at Lake Powell Resort

Through Aramark, at the Lake Powell Resort in Northern Arizona, weary travelers and eager visitors can now get a front-row seat to enjoy the magic and wonder of Northern Arizona and its breathtaking desert oasis, Lake Powell.

Popular for house-boating, Aramark now has glamping options allowing for everyone to bask in the glorious, southwestern sun and admire towering red rock buttes from their own backyard.

The properties at Lake Powell take reservations for the three respective Airstreams at each campground.

The brand new 30-foot Airstream International Signature travel trailers are situated in premium, full hookup RV campsites at each location and offer the conveniences of home and indulgences of a boutique hotel, including luxurious linens and a pillow-top memory-foam mattress in the master bedroom for the ultimate night’s sleep.

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Stay in an Airstream at Lake Powell Resort in Northern ArizonaAramark

Custom-designed Features include natural wood flooring, top-of-the-line kitchen appliances; plush seating in the dinette and lounge is designed for extreme comfort and relaxation, with all the creature comforts of home including Samsung LED HD TVs, surround sound with subwoofer, and climate control systems.

At Lake Powell, glamping vacationers are in close proximity to lake activities including powerboat and personal watercraft rentals, hiking to iconic Horseshoe Bend or enjoying a boat tour of landmarks such as Rainbow Bridge and Antelope Canyon.

In addition to the eight 59’ Wanderers that Aramark offers, houseboats are also available to rent, with each one decked out in luxurious décor and extra amenities.

As well as the Wanderers, the company also features 12 pontoon boats – which can fit up to 12 people – and the 53’ Adventurer and 46’ Voyager houseboats, which offer a one-of-a-kind luxury, glamping experience.

The Cozy Peach

The Cozy Peach is a hotel ‘glamping’ concept from Schnepf Farms. While Schnepf Farms is a local favorite for produce-picking and cozy, seasonal festivities, some people just can’t get enough of the lush and refreshing lot.

The farm recently introduced The Cozy Peach, which satisfies the desires of all who have dreamt of spending more than just an afternoon at Schnepf Farms.

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Glamp in an Airstream at Schnepf Farms in Northern ArizonaThe Cozy Peach

The Cozy Peach features rentable travel trailers that are decked out in vibrant colors and retro décor. The best part: visitors can actually stay on the farm with their travel trailers and can experience Queen Creek like never before.

Whether you want to bask in the glory of their pristine pumpkin patch in the fall or you want priority picking for their delicious peaches in the spring, this ‘glamping’ concept from Schnepf Farms is a charming and affordable alternative that is truly perfect for those who would rather escape the mundane resort, and enjoy one of the state’s most unique experiences.

Grand Canyon Under Canvas

Grand Canyon Under Canvas is a luxury camping experience—located near the Grand Canyon National Park—that provides modern and unique accommodations perfect for all adventurers!

The site is located on 160 secluded acres of pinon and juniper forest and offers five different lodging options.

No matter which tent guests decide to stay in, they are guaranteed an experience like no other, conveniently located about 20 minutes from the South Entrance of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The location is open seasonally to visitors and offers a special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to camp out beneath the stars with little sacrifice, as you’ll still have the opportunity to enjoy the freedoms and comforts of staying in your own home – or at least a place that feels like home.

Raven’s Nest Nature Sanctuary

Raven’s Nest Nature Sanctuary is a unique wilderness experience located in Patagonia that takes glamping to a whole new level.

The secluded, Safari Tented Camp is nestled on a Nature Sanctuary near Patagonia Lake and gives visitors the unique opportunity to engulf themselves in the surrounding nature, while also contributing to the health of the Ecosystems in the Sky Islands region.

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Get up close to nature in Patagonia in ArizonaRaven’s Nest Nature Sanctuary

At these eco-lodges, guests can enjoy amazing luxuries in a generously sized safari tent. Amenities include a comfortable queen bed, rustic lounging furniture, a Mesquite wood-fire stove, lighting, fans and two screen doors located at the opposite ends of the tent.

The site also features a private patio and outdoor deck area, which provides a perfect space to quite literally, sit back, and enjoy life! Each tent also has a bathroom suite, where the toilet and hot shower are both located.

Visitors can birdwatch, explore the Stone-Age village, stroll through the organic gardens and orchard, and hike along the nature trails located near the eco-lodge.

Stout Tent

Stout Tent is a company that has specializes in canvas Bell Tents and will ensure that guests get the ultimate glamping experience that is perfect for them.

Whether it’s on the beach, mountainside or beside a lake, you can create the adventure of your dreams. Stout Tent rents out everything from classic safari tents to portable hot tubs, and everything in between.

They offer unique and customizable glamping experiences that can be enjoyed across the country and in every season.

Weatherproof canvas holds strong no matter the weather, and heaters can be added for an additional fee.

All of these factors just contribute to why Stout Tent has a phenomenal reputation for adventure and lodging reliability that makes it so unique in its market.

American Safari Camp

American Safari Camp was developed based on the need for luxury accommodations in remote settings that are close to world-class national parks throughout North America.

They were the first to develop a luxury accommodation mobile camp that can go virtually anywhere. American Safari Camp currently offers glamping accommodations at two iconic, Arizona destinations: the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell.

The company prides itself on offering ‘elevated experiences’ that are beyond the typical vacation or camping trip. And with American Safari Camp, you’ll get a tailored trip that allows guests to fully engulf themselves in the beautiful landscapes of the southwest, while still being able to lodge in a comfortable and boutique hotel-themed, mobile camp.

Each camp is paired with basic necessities like showers, fresh towels and private toilets. The private tent area also has a variety of games and charging stations.

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American Safari Camp at Lake Powell, ArizonaAmerican Safari Camp

Each glampsite is also staffed with a chef and a camp manager who assists in scheduling all local activities and experiences. In the evenings, guests can also anticipate cooking s’mores around a campfire and stargazing through telescopes.

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Peter Watson is a writer, photographer and adventurer. A keen trekker and climber he can usually be found on the trails of the Greater Ranges. He’s visited over 80 countries and is currently focused on climbing the seven summits – the highest mountain on every continent. Four down, three to go... He has also travelled extensively around the US developing a penchant for American backcountry, abandoned buildings and natural wonders en route.

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