Glamping in Southern California at El Capitan Canyon

Canvas tents at El Capitan Canyon

El Capitan Canyon takes great pride in sharing the beauty of the California coast. Staying here is an experience that is in harmony with nature and the environment. There are fewer and fewer places on earth where you can go to get away from man-made and artificial structures. El Capitan Canyon provides the perfect balance of comfort and essentials. Encounters with nature are designed to send you home with a greater sense of peace and serenity.

El Capitan Canyon is a year-round resort with an average temperature of 70° F. The stunning natural environment welcomes visitors and travelers from all over the globe. “Camping at El Capitan Canyon is not like pitching a tent at your local park. It’s more like being invited to the country compound of some old-money family with impeccable taste,” Sunset Magazine, April 2004.


Luxury campers will feel right at home. For your stay, choose between a lodge, canvas tent, and a yurt. All accommodations are furnished with willow beds, western-styled blankets, and casual furnishings. There are 108 cedar cabins of varying sizes and bedding arrangements. All cabins have front porches, peak ceilings, standard bathroom facilities, individual heating controls, and kitchenettes with microwave, mini-fridge, wet bar sink, and coffeemaker. The Canyon Market and Canyon Pool feature Wi-Fi access if you absolutely need to connect. As you would expect, cabins also have outdoor picnic tables, grills, and fire pits. Gather with your family and friends to grill dinner and toast marshmallows.

Canvas tents at El Capitan Canyon provide a more traditional camping experience. The tents are 12 feet by 14 feet and erected on permanent wooden decks. Private bathroom and shower facilities are conveniently located in a nearby building. A heated swimming pool is also located in close proximity. Staying in tents doesn’t mean you need to cook your own meals, the Canyon Market and Deli can do all that while you relax. If you prefer to do your own cooking, be sure to bring all the necessary kitchen supplies.

The Chumash tribe was the original inhabitant of El Capitan Canyon. They lived undisturbed for an estimated 8,000 years. Chumash legend explains that the land was created when the Great Spirit enlisted 7 giant sea turtles to carry the land and touched the land to make trees grow and rivers flow. In the 19th century, Spanish explorers and settlers claimed the land. However, in 1848 California became part of the United States. The modern-day El Capitan Canyon resort began as a rugged campground in 1970. In 2000, new local owners Chuck Blitz and Roger Himovitz transformed the campground in a refined rural retreat.


The vision of El Capitan Canyon is to protect and share the beauty of the California coast while providing a relaxing Santa Barbara beach camping experience. Every season has something to delight your senses. Smell the wild sage, listen to the croaking frogs or rhythmic waves, and feel the ocean breeze. El Capitan Canyon is very nature friendly. It uses solar power for heating the pool, promotes native vegetation, employs water conservation techniques, and reduces the impact of human presence by not allowing cars in the canyon. Complimentary bicycles are provided for quick transportation.

Not surprisingly, a beautiful landscape like this does not lack opportunities for adventure or relaxation. Guests can hike the canyon, explore the beach and surrounding areas on trails and bike paths, or relax and just enjoy glamping on the Santa Barbara coast. There are many free activities along with a selection of others that our staff can arrange with tour and adventure partners. Hiking, biking, surfing, rock climbing, sea kayaking, wine country tours, golfing, whale watching, and many others are on the list of things available.

El Capitan Canyon is a fantastic choice for your next vacation. Visit El Capitan Canyon’s website to learn more.

Putting the glam in camping

By Julia Dimon

The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, Mont.  A luxury ranch located a half-hour northeast of Missoula, the Resort at Paws Up offers accommodations and outdoor activities across some 37,000 acres of Montana wilderness. In June, this working cattle ranch reveals its newest luxury camp called Cliffside Camp. Located on the banks of the Blackfoot River, this camp has romantic one- and two-bedroom tent suites that come with ensuite bathroom, air conditioning and personal camping butler to get the ol’ bonfire blazing.

Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Set among the pristine rain forest of Vancouver Island, Free Spirit Spheres offers one-of-a-kind accommodations in free-hanging spherical rooms. Suspended with rope some 15 feet above the forest floor, these handcrafted wooden orbs made of yellow cedar and Sitka spruce come fully equipped with plush beds, hot showers and saunas. As the wind blows, the pendant-like pods gently sway in the breeze, making guests feel as if they’re one with the forest.

Dunton Hot Springs Resort, Dolores, Colo.

Dunton Hot Springs Resort is a ghost town turned high-end hideaway just an hour’s drive outside of Telluride, Colo. With fancy amenities, decadent dining, private massage services, original LaChapelle art and natural hot springs, this exclusive resort of just 12 restored cabins serves up the luxury ranch experience with a twist of authentic Americana and rich Wild West history.

Yellowstone Under Canvas, West Yellowstone, Mont.

Experience the iconic Yellowstone National Park from the modern comfort of a luxury camp. Yellowstone Under Canvas, just a few minutes from the park entrance, offers canvas Tipi tents and large cabin-style safari tents complete with king-size beds, wood burning stove, patio and private ensuite bathroom. By day, explore the geothermal features of the country’s first national park before comfortably communing with nature under the stars.

Sequoia High Sierra Camp, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Calif.

After a day of hiking California’s Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, outdoor enthusiasts can find comfort at Sequoia High Sierra Camp, a wilderness lodge that offers 32 deluxe canvas-tented cabins. At 8,500 feet, this hike-in camp promises plush-top beds, premium linens, artisan furniture and sweeping mountain views.

TreeHouse Point, Issaquah, Wash.

Embrace your inner 9-year-old and reconnect with nature from the cozy comfort of a specially designed tree house. Located some 20 miles from Seattle in Issaquah, TreeHouse Point offers several playful accommodations in the magical setting of the Snoqualmie Valley.  Meander along fern-lined trails, through soaring moss-covered trees to your romantic cedar crash pad — a traditional treehouse complete with handmade beds and vintage furnishings.

Sinya on Lone Man Creek, Wimberley Texas

Sleep amid the treetops in a secluded safari tent overlooking Texas Hill Country. Sinya on Lone Man Creek, a romantic eco-friendly cabin for two, is located in Central Texas, just a few miles northeast of the charming town of Wimberley. This rustic hideaway offers a king-size bed, feather-cushioned sofa, century-old claw-foot bathtub, Turkish cotton towels, comfy spa bathrobes, Wi-Fi and wine tasting tours nearby.

The Martyn House, Ellijay, Georgia

The Martyn House, a unique B&B in the north Georgia mountains, offers beautifully decorated and environmentally friendly “Gypsy Faire Sleeping Tents.” With private baths and a covered veranda overlooking the Chattahoochee Forest, these luxurious tents set a whimsical tone. When not relaxing in their open-air gypsy-style tents, guests may enjoy the many outdoor activities offered in the region, from kayaking, to fly-fishing, hiking and biking.

Fireside Resort, Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Located near Grand Teton National Park in the heart of Jackson Hole, Fireside Resort offers upscale rustic ski cabins and glamping tents all year round. Centrally located for all your outdoor adventure needs, Fireside Resort provides luxury linens, rain showers, heated floors and, most importantly, an on-call “glamping butler” if you need more s’mores supplies.

Kokopelli’s Cave, Farmington, N.M.

Cavemen were the ultimate outdoorsmen…the original hardcore campers. Channel your inner Neanderthal and live like our ancestors at Kokopelli’s Cave, a fancy cliffside home carved from 65-million-year-old sandstone. Located in Farmington, N.M., near the Mesa Verde National Park, Kokopelli’s Cave is a 1,650 square foot, one-bedroom paleo-pad with a hot tub, waterfall style shower, washer/dryer and Southwestern style luxury décor.

GLAMPING.COM, the industry authority on all things glamping for the discerning experiential traveler, is a highly curated collection of glamping properties around the globe. GLAMPING.COM believes in extraordinary travel – destinations that offer unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. With over 800 glamping sites on six continents, the company’s mission is to empower people to try this form of experiential travel with hand-selected, personally vetted properties. Find inspiration on and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @glampingdotcom.

Glamping Adventures in Utah at Blue Sky Ranch

For an action-packed vacation, Blue Sky Adventures is the perfect location.  The ranch is located in Wanship, Utah and covers 3,300 acres of Utah’s diverse and breathtaking terrain.  For the ultimate view, Blue Sky Ranch has constructed the Antelope Yurt with views overlooking the Wasatch Mountains and nearby Deer Valley Park.  This traditional Norwegian glamping yurt is perfect for a family or romantic getaway, and has many amenities which include solar LED power, a wood stove, a propane grill with side burner, an outdoor fire pit, a coffee maker, and deluxe bunk beds. Despite the cozy accommodations, most visitors to Blue Sky Ranch will spend their time engaging in the myriad of activities available year round.

Summer activities include:

Horseback Adventures: Take a tour along Alexander Creek or retrace the steps of Mark Twain’s stagecoach.


Mountain Biking: Blue Sky Ranch features over 25 miles of exclusive double-track and single-track trails geared towards intermediate and advanced level riders.  Nearby Park City has 400+ miles of Gold-Rated IMBA trails with various trails that are suitable for all skill levels.

Kayaking: Paddle through one of the nearby unique mountain reservoirs and keep an eye out for wildlife.  Solo or tandem kayaks are available.

Hiking:  Guided overnight hikes and backpacking tours.  Hike to the Antelope Yurt or a designated camping spot for an overnight adventure.

Fly-fishing: A Blue Sky Adventures professional fishing guide will teach you how to angle like a pro!  Fly-fishing excursions are available as half day or full day on either the Provo or Weber rivers.  All necessary gear is included, as well as snacks and drinks. For full-day trips, a full lunch is provided.


Rafting:  Guided half-day or full-day river trips on the class II & III Weber River.

Yoga Adventures:  A unique option for the fitness-minded is one of Blue Sky Ranch’s custom yoga adventures.  Blue Sky Ranch has partnered with Park City Yoga Adventures to create the yoga hike.  The hike lasts for 1 ½ hours and wanders through breathtaking views and possible wildlife sightings, to Blue Sky’s yurt where a yoga instructor will guide you through sixty minutes of yoga practice.

Cowboy for a Day:  Live a day in the life of a cowboy! This is an experience that is not for those scared of a little hard work. The adventure starts with instructions on properly tracking and grooming the horse all the way to an honest-to-goodness cattle drive.  Includes a hearty cowboy breakfast and a boxed gourmet lunch.

Winter activities include:

Winter Horseback Riding: A 1.5 hour ride to a historic tavern in the mountains for lunch.  The tavern resides on a high mountain meadow which provides exquisite views of the mountains of Unita.

Wagon & Sleigh Rides: An enchanting ride through the snow-covered ranch.  Cookies and hot cocoa or cider are provided as well.

Alpine and Nordic Ski Touring:  Blue Sky Ranch features diverse ski trails including over seven kilometers of groomed skate track on the farm and light backcountry trails on the ranch.  Available as a 3-hour guided tour or a day-long, self-guided tour.


On-Mountain Ski Tours: Exclusive on-mountain guided tours of the ski areas that only locals know about!  Take advantage of the knowledge of a local professional who has hundreds of days spent on the mountain.

Yoga Snowshoe Adventures: Combine a peaceful snowshoe tour through the serene, snow-covered wilderness to the authentic Norwegian yurt on property for a 60 minute yoga session led by Park City Yoga Adventures.

Dog sledding:  Blue Sky has partnered with Pawsatch Snow Dogs to provide an authentic dog sledding experience.  Pawsatch will teach you how to drive your own sled propelled by their friendly and sociable Alaskan malamutes and Siberian huskies.

GLAMPING.COM, the industry authority on all things glamping for the discerning experiential traveler, is a highly curated collection of glamping properties around the globe. GLAMPING.COM believes in extraordinary travel – destinations that offer unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. With over 800 glamping sites on six continents, the company’s mission is to empower people to try this form of experiential travel with hand-selected, personally vetted properties. Find inspiration on and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @glampingdotcom.