Do you love the outdoors and the idea of camping but not a fan of bringing so much stuff with you? Maybe you have heard of glamping? Glamping is my favorite way to camp and in keeping with our camping theme today, I thought I’d share more from my recent trip to Under Canvas Zion with our friends Mr and Mrs Smith! If you follow GreenWeddingShoes on Instagram and/or Stories you might have caught some of our trip last month. Definitely had a bunch of comments/questions about our stay at Under Canvas Zion, so I’m super excited to be sharing more about our stay today!
First things first! We booked our stay at Under Canvas Zion with Mr. and Mrs. Smith. We have been huge fans of Mr and Mrs Smith for a few years since you know any of the hotels that are on their site have been reviewed by them or someone on their team and you will have a great stay there. They also do a price match guarantee (and if you find a lower price, they will match the price and give you a $75 voucher!) as well as have free Smith Extras for your stay (this could be a bottle of wine on arrival, a spa treatment or something a little extra to say thank you!).
Since we live in Los Angeles, we decided to make this a road trip. We drove from LA to Vegas the first day (about 4 hours depending on traffic). Then spent 2 nights in Vegas. Then we drove to Page Arizona and spent 2 nights there (4 hour drive from Vegas), then drive to Under Canvas Zion (2.5 hour drive from Page, Arizona). We stayed at Under Canvas Zion for 3 amazing nights. Then drove straight back to LA. This was supposed to take 7 hours, but took closer to 9 with traffic….Under Canvas Zion is about 2 hours from Vegas, so you could fly to Vegas and rent a car to drive as well.
Under Canvas Zion is a one-of-a-kind tent village nestled in Utah’s red-rock desert, with the magical Zion National Park as a neighbor… There are 66 tents here – including 7 suites. We stayed in one their suite tents – tent #65 to be exact (seen below)! We loved that there was a sofa in the tent as well as a king bed. Our tent also had a toilet and small shower! So nice for camping – esp with young kids! We did take our 2 daughters (ages 3 and 6) along on this trip. It was also very hot the first night there (mid 90s!) and our tent even had a mister in the tent to help cool down which was definitely appreciated! We have done glamping before (at the Resort at Paws Up) and while this isn’t quite the same luxurious glamping experience, it is a pretty AMAZING way to experience the outdoors and all the beauty of Zion National Park for a very reasonable nightly rate which we are all about!
The view from our porch was seriously amazing. Loved waking up looking out at those red mountains….
There is a restaurant, Embers, on property (it’s in the tent seen below). We enjoyed breakfast and dinner here each day (they are closed for lunch but do provide picnic lunches to go). We loved eating dinner on the patio with those amazing views! The food was pretty good for camp food and I recommend the egg sandwich for breakfast and the pan roasted trout for dinner – yum! They also have kids options as well if you are traveling with kids.
This is the view from dinner! Amazing right?!! I couldn’t get enough….and the girls loved the tent swing :) They also have complimentary s’mores every night – as well as complimentary coffee + tea at Embers :)
What to Do
We were traveling with our 2 young daughters, so this trip didn’t involve too many crazy activities for us, more just having them experience camping – which they loved and they already are asking when we go back! It was pretty hot when we were here and if you have a 3 year old (or have had one) you know they aren’t big fans of hiking….but we did take a hike the one morning at Hop Valley Trailhead (it was about a 15 minute drive from camp). A note about Zion National Park – there are 2 entrances to Zion National Park – the Kolab Terrace Road entrance which is about 3 minutes from the campground and then the main park entrance which is about a 25 minute drive. Since we were traveling during peak summer travel and heard from a lot of other campers that the main park was pretty crowded, we didn’t venture into that part of the park – definitely on our list for next time, but from talking with other campers sounded like during June and July it’s VERY crowded there.
We just wanted a nice and easy hike for our family and this one (Hop Valley Trailhead) was super pretty and not crowded at all! Photos below from the hike…
We did go into Springdale (the town right outside the main entrance) one day for lunch and spent some time walking around that area. We ate at Rosita’s Santa Fe Kitchen (super cute spot with decent food – dining options are very limited here!) and then we checked out a few shops – loved the stones + gems at Zion Rock & Gem. So much pretty rose quartz!
Under Canvas Zion also has lots of other fun activities you can sign up with them including: canyoneering, rock climbing, horseback riding, kayaking and more! They also offer nightly activities at the campground. We did their Yoga Walk one night as well as their Game Night. One of our favorite things to do during this trip? Just spending time as a family and enjoying the views for dinner at the camp. The amazing colors of the sky and the gorgeous views….it was seriously so magical there!
Big thanks so much to Mr and Mrs Smith for hosting us at this amazing property. We honestly can’t wait to return to Under Canvas Zion with our girls when they are a bit older to do more hikes and some tubing on the river! Thinking this would be a perfect adventure honeymoon (we met a sweet couples there on their honeymoon!) as well as fun bachelorette or bachelor party weekend – which we also saw there!
All photos by Green Wedding Shoes with the exception of the daytime dining tent and the bed shot both from Under Canvas