Under Canvas’ nine eco-friendly glamping retreats are gateways to the country’s most stunning landscapes.
Photos Courtesy of Bailey Made.
Inspired by the United States’ impressive network of National Parks, married couple Sarah and Jake Dusek decided to build elevated campsites outside of Uncle Sam’s cherished land for groups looking to connect with the outdoors without having to rough it. With nine camps and ambitious plans for growth over the next year, the glamping company (glam + camping, for those not already in the know) has become a popular option for families, couples and friends who value the natural world as much as basic luxuries.
Unlike other campsites, these canvas-made structural marvels have en suite bathrooms with running water (warm shower, check), plush beds and rustic chic aesthetics that can raise any visit to vacation status. Tent amenities aside, preserving surrounding landscapes at each location is of paramount importance, which is why “intentional inconveniences,” like sink faucets that turn off automatically and compostable plates, are an integral part of visitors’ stays. Such considerations have been taken to ensure Under Canvas’ environmental footprint stays small – camps use 87 percent less water than a boutique hotel of comparable size and between 84 and 100 percent less electricity. By 2021, their goal is to be zero-waste operation.
The Stargazer tent allows guests to look up at the night sky from the comfort of their beds. Rooms are equipped with wood burning stoves for cool nights.
The Duseks think of themselves as the “godparents of glamping,” having concocted the idea of 10 years ago, when Jake, a Montana native, and Sarah, U.K. born, wanted to create a place that celebrated nature in a balanced way, while suiting both of their preferences for experiencing the outdoors. Under Canvas provided a way to reconcile their styles and achieve a happy medium that also reflects a growing number of Under Canvas’ loyal guests, including several A-list celebrities.
Each campsite varies in size and character based on location, but a few key features exist throughout, including a concierge desk where guests can schedule park excursions and activities; a cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; and daily housekeeping services.
Whether it’s morning yoga or time spent around the campfire roasting s’mores, the Duseks hope individuals will mix and mingle. Consider a lack of Wifi access their nudge to look away from the screens and out at America’s most treasured landscapes.
Don’t forget to look up, camps have minimal lighting pollution making for epic stargazing.
Grand Canyon • Zion • Moab • Yellowstone • Mount Rushmore • Glacier • Tucson • Great Smoky Mountains • Yosemite (coming soon)
Prices vary based on site and season ($189 – $240/night); undercanvas.com
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