Safari-inspired “glamping” comes to Montana
When I think of “luxury tent camps,” Africa comes to mind. When we were in Tanzania, my family and I camped on Mt. Kilimanjaro but overnighted in comfortable lodges in four national parks and preserves. Still, sleeping in a true luxury tent camp has been on my bucket list for quite some time. (My husband and I also did stay in a yurt for a comfortable, but not at all luxurious, experience at an eco-camp in Chile a few years ago.)
Now I don’t have to go to Africa or anyplace distant for the experience of nature just outside the tent but without truly roughing it. In fact, I can stay in my own time zone at the gateway to one of my favorite places on this planet. Yellowstone Under Canvas is a new luxury camp near West Yellowstone, Montana with its premiere season from May 14 to September 13. It is part of an international movement called “glamping,” which refers to luxury camping — a contraction of “glamour” and “camping.”
Yellowstone Under Canvas offers accommodations in just 15 beautifully constructed canvas tipi tents or deluxe wood-framed safari tents rival hotel rooms in terms of comfort. Think king beds or two twins, fine linens, a woodstove and such in complete with wooden floors, wood stove and real beds — much like those in Africa. There are even tipi bathrooms. The set-up lends itself to romantic getaways, honeymoons or even family vacations with parents in a lusury tent and youngsters in an adjacent tipi.
The camp is not in Yellowstone National Park, but it is just ten minutes from the West Yellowstone entrance. I don’t think I need to enumerate the activities and wildlife viewing that the park and the gateway town of West Yellowstone offer. The camp boasts fantastic views, a quiet secluded location and also an on-site restaurant — just another luxury component. It is run by Jacob and Sarah Dusek, whose Sage Safaris up north in Havre is a luxury hunting camp that operates from September through December for bird hunters. I don’t know whether they still do both, but I do know that personally, I’d rather see birds than blast them out of the sky,
Montana Under Canvas, 3111 Targhee Highway, West Yellowstone, MT 59758; 406-29-0441.