Camping in Style in Utah

  • A Deluxe Safari Tent.

    A Deluxe Safari Tent.

  • Looking out from a Deluxe Safari Tent.

    Looking out from a Deluxe Safari Tent.

  • One of the area's ocher canyons.

    One of the area's ocher canyons.

  • Ballooning at dawn over the parklands.

    Ballooning at dawn over the parklands.

  • Moab Under Canvas tipis in the foreground of the national park.

    Moab Under Canvas tipis in the foreground of the national park.

  • The Utah camp follows the success of a sister venture in Yellowstone.

    The Utah camp follows the success of a sister venture in Yellowstone.

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Ever since John Wayne stepped out as Ringo in the 1939 film Stagecoach, Hollywood has returned again and again to the Moab area in the western state of Utah for its beguiling red-rock canyons and plateaus. When it opens on June 14, Moab Under Canvas looks set to offer visitors the best of this Mars-like landscape in style. Accommodation ranges from the relatively spartan tepee all the way up to suite tents decked out in ocher tones, plenty of timber, and en-suite bathrooms—rounded off with peerless views out to the Arches National Park. One of the major attractions is the breadth of potential activities—and the owners recommend a stay of at least two to three nights to get the best of the area. Rafting on the Colorado River takes in a good range of gentle cruising sections— during which visitors will be furnished with folklore and given the rundown on the area’s geology—as well as some fast Grade IV rapids. Private hiking tours follow the path of the Puebloans or visit set locations from films such as The Lone Ranger and 127 Hours. World-class rock climbing and 4×4 tours are also available from the camp, but probably the best way to take in the area in all its glory is from a hot-air balloon at sunrise. Moab Under Canvas offers around an hour’s ballooning at dawn for US$325 per person, from which guests can view the first light of the day hit the La Sal Mountains. Reservations for stays this summer are now open and can be made here.

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