Customize Your Glamping Experience in Colorado

Glamping can take many shapes and forms, there are opportunities for the more rugged glamping that is closer to typical camping and then it can swing the other way to luxurious camping with all the extras of gourmet meals, 500 thread count sheets, and butlers. I personally have stayed in a range of glamping accommodations; from simple canvas tents with shared facilities, to airstream trailers, to inventive containers with canvas roofs, to full on canvas glamping apartments complete with kitchen and fireplace. However, what if you were to find a glamping spot that you could customize a range of basic to luxury experience? I found it nestled high in the mountains of Colorado.

Glamping doesn’t just have to be canvas based, it can be anything that really brings you uniquely closer to nature that isn’t a hotel. Glamping accommodations vary but, the most common types of glamping includes, airstreams, trailers, barns, farmhouses, cabins, pods, domes, cubes, eco lodges, huts, yurts, tents, tipis, villas and tree houses. So when I heard about the hut-to-hut system in Colorado, I was eager to try them out as a glamping opportunity.

A hut is basically a large log cabin found in remote places in the Colorado Rockies. There are 20 to 30 huts that are located an average 6 miles apart, perfect spacing for hiking or backcountry skiing between huts. They run from Aspen to Eagle or Aspen to Vail, depending on how far you’d like to go. Or you can simply stay in one of them and use it as a base to explore the area. They are administered by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. The huts are quite basic facilities, there’s typically no plumbing, they are heated by stoves, and almost all of them are off the grid – so leave the cell phones at home! Each hut has 15 to 20 beds that can each be reserved for a night or multiple nights.
Now it’s up to you how much you want to ‘glamp up’ the experience.

Basic Hut Glamping

Just hike into the hut, bring all of your own food, a sleeping bag, and a sense of adventure! You share the kitchen facilities with others staying in the hut. You cook your own meals, clean up after yourself, and share in the responsibilities of hut living with the other people who have rented beds. Take hikes during the day and sit out by the campfire by night.

Shared common area of Harry Gates HutShared common area of Harry Gates Hut

Hike on numerous trails or between hutsHike on numerous trails or between huts

Catch spectacular sunsets!Catch spectacular sunsets!

Intermediate Hut Glamping

If you want someone else to do all of the planning and hard work, bring along your own local Aspen Alpine Guide who can help you arrange all of the provisions and will hike/ski in with you! The guides know the area better than anyone else. They can prepare meals, lead you on hikes around the area, provide sleeping bags & gear, and generally take care of all arrangements.

Breakfast cooked up by Aspen Alpine Guides at the HutBreakfast cooked up by Aspen Alpine Guides at the Hut

Guides lead hikes to waterfalls and other hidden gems in the areaGuides lead hikes to waterfalls and other hidden gems in the area

Guides made up a bonfire to enjoy after dinnerGuides made up a bonfire to enjoy after dinner

Luxury Hut Glamping

And if you don’t want to lift a finger, and also have all the comforts of home high up in the mountains, it is possible to actually rent out the entire hut by purchasing all the beds (this must be done well in advance), and bring a whole group of friends with you! The Aspen Alpine Guides will help you lux it up to your desire. You want a private chef to come along to cook gourmet meals made from local ingredients? Done. Hold a happy hour out on the deck? Done. Bring a yoga instructor to hold yoga sessions in the morning? Done. Want a masseuse to work on your aching body after a good long hike? Done. Whatever your heart desires they can arrange it and make it part of the experience.

Mountain yoga!Mountain yoga!

Organize a personal chef to be at the hut to cook meals and educate you on local ingredientsOrganize a personal chef to be at the hut to cook meals and educate you on local ingredients

Yoga and Pilates on the deck led by instructors/mountain guidesYoga and Pilates on the deck led by instructors/mountain guides

Which one would you choose? In Aspen Colorado, you can have your Glamping experience the way you want it!

Glamping Event at HorseThief Reservoir

HorseTheif Reservoir, located in Jetmore, Kansas, will be offering glamping to guests.

The reservoir currently has a glamour yurt that is available for rent.

The yurt is there for those who love the outdoors, but want to get away from the heat, bugs and the hard ground.

Guests are still camping by the water’s edge, yet the round yurt is already pitched and has a large comfortable bed and air conditioning waiting for you inside.

Also, they have a rustic cabin that can comfortably fit 5-6 people.

There is no shortage of activities at HorseTheif Reservior, guest can enjoy boating, water-skiing, camping, archery, hunting, kayaking, fishing, biking, hiking and even horseback riding.

In addition, they will be hosting an upcoming glamping event the last weekend in September.

Glampers are people who travel in little vintage campers, the owner of HorseTheif is even restoring her own little glamper for the event, complete with a shabby-chic chandelier.

The first-ever glamping event is scheduled for September 25-26 at HorseTheif Reservoir and the owners are hoping to attract glampers from around the country.

For more information on this destination and event, check out The Hutchinson News article, “Glamour camping at HorseThief Reservoir.”


Glamping on Navajoland

The Navajo-Hopi Observer talks all about how to experience the Navajoland in style at the Shash Dine Eco-Retreat.

Glampers can visit this glamping retreat and see stunning views of Lake Powell, Echo and the Vermilion Cliffs.

In addition, this resort strives to help visitors get back to nature while enjoying hot meals, high quality canvas tents outfitted with fresh linens, sturdy wood cots, solar lights and a hot solar shower.

The owners Baya and Paula Meehan love to enrich glampers with the local history of their Navajo family ranch land after a day of hiking and seeing petroglyphs, arrowheads and pottery shards scattered throughout the property.

This resort has been getting a lot of attention as the glamping trend takes off, because it offer a genuine Navajo camp experience with spectacular views of northern Arizona.

It also gives guests an opportunity to interact with their ranch animals, which consist of a wide array of animals.

You can interact with Navajo Churro sheep, Nubian goats, horses, chickens, peacocks and even a duck while staying at this glamping resort.

Shash Dine is an easy drive to local attractions including Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs, Glen Canyon, Lee’s Ferry, Rainbow Bridge, Grand Canyon, Grand Circle, Little Colorado River, Echo Cliffs and Zion National Park.

This glamping site offers guests the ability to re-connect to nature on pristine land in a spiritual place.

For more information on this resort, check out the Navajo-Hopi Observer’s article, “Shash Dine’ Eco-Retreat: ‘Glamping’ in high style on Navajoland.”

To see what it is like to glamp at the Shash Dine retreat, check out our review, “Shash Dine’ Eco-Retreat: A Glamping B&B in Navajo Nation.”