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This Resort is Taking Glamping in Utah to Another Level

Updated: Dec 13, 2021

Yurts under a starry sky with the Milky Way in the background at East Zion Resort, one of the best places for glamping in Utah
Photo courtesy of @eastzionresort

When you think of glamping in Utah, what comes to mind? For many people, it's images of rustic safari tents in remote locations in the expansive Southwest desert. Beautiful, but, well...rustic.

Sure, East Zion Resort in Orderville, Utah has tents. But they're not exactly rustic. The resort also has innovative tiny houses, tree houses with ceilings designed for stargazing, and luxury yurts. Oh, and it's just 20 minutes from Zion National Park. This is glamping in Utah like you've never seen.

Glamping in Utah at East Zion Resort

Two beds inside a glamping tent at East Zion Resort in Utah
Photo courtesy of @eastzionresort

East Zion Resort is incredibly memorable and full of surprises. No detail was overlooked, from the insanely comfortable bedding to supplying every kitchen gadget imaginable. Sunsets are amazing from the Utah glamping resort, the town itself is adorable (more on that later), and you cannot beat the location as a jumping-off point for all your adventures.

One thing to note about East Zion Resort is that it's actually two separate properties. The tiny homes and Original Treehouse are at "The Escape," and "The Hillside" is home to the yurts, tree houses, and glamping tents.

All the accommodations are equally fabulous, but the properties have distinct personalities — despite being just 0.7 miles apart. If possible, split your stay between both! The Hillside has sweeping views, a pool and hot tub, while The Escape has a very hip vibe yet is also extremely relaxing.

Regardless of which type of accommodation you choose for glamping in Utah, you'll have a private deck and/or patio, fire pit, BBQ grill, full bathroom, kitchenette, and wi-fi.

  • Glamping tents - The only thing even remotely rustic about the glamping tents at East Zion Resort is that they don't have TVs (they do have wi-fi, though!). The roomy tents have full power with A/C and heat, plus running water.

  • Original Tree House - Where it all started! A truly unique Utah glamping experience, the Original Tree House is built on the trunk of a 100-year-old tree. This well-equipped treehouse comes complete with an interior rock climbing wall and a hobbit door.

  • Tree houses - The unique two-story tree houses feature lofts where you can stargaze right from your bed! There are TVs up there, too, so you may never want to get up.

  • Tiny houses - East Zion's two-bedroom tiny houses have a main lower bedroom with a king bed and an upper loft with either another king or two twins. Some also have rooftop decks!

  • Yurts - These yurts are huge, with enough room to comfortably sleep 4-5 people. They also have whimsical showers (we don't want to ruin the surprise, but trust us!) and amazing mountain views.

Orderville, Utah

Most people have never heard of Orderville. It's the type of town you drive right through; a very literal dot on the map without a single stoplight. And yet, Zion National Park is so close. Zion, of course, isn't by any means a hidden gem (in fact, it was the third most visited national park in the US in 2020) — but Orderville is the definition of one.

Wondering how a place that's thisclose to one of the most popular and accessible national parks could possibly be a "hidden gem?" Great question. Orderville is on the park's (much) less visited east side, opposite bustling Springdale, which is situated right at Zion's main entrance.

Proximity to Zion isn't the only thing Orderville has going for it. On the contrary, this teeny-tiny town packs a tremendous punch. Bryce Canyon National Park is also within an hour, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is just 100 miles away, and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park (a mecca for off-roading) is a mere 25-minute drive. Without even leaving town, there's also the famous Belly of the Dragon tunnel and Red Hollow slot canyons. Phew!

Ready to try glamping in Utah? Which type of accommodation will you pick first?! Connect with us on Instagram so you can tag us in your glamping adventures!

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