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Under Canvas Just Opened 2 New Glamping Sites This Spring

AFAR logo AFAR 5/13/2021 Lyndsey Matthews

Under Canvas Just Opened 2 New Glamping Sites This Spring © Photo by Travis Burke Under Canvas Just Opened 2 New Glamping Sites This Spring

If last year’s socially distanced summer reignited your love of camping, it’s time to head out on your 2021 adventures: Under Canvas just opened two new safari-inspired tented resorts this spring near Acadia National Park in Maine and in the area of Utah between Lake Powell and the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. 

Officially open as of April 1, 2021, Under Canvas Lake Powell–Grand Staircase is the third Under Canvas camp in Utah and the fourth in the Southwest, creating new road trip opportunities to travel between existing Under Canvas campsites near Zion, Moab, and the Grand Canyon.

It has 60 safari-style tents located on 220 acres at the edge of Utah’s Canyon Rim Plateau. Expect views of both Lake Powell and the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, with easy access to nearby attractions, including Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Grosvenor Arch as well. The Lake Powell–Grand Staircase camp will be open for the season through October 31, 2021.

a truck is parked in the desert: Under Canvas Lake Powell–Grand Staircase is the third site in Utah for the luxury camping company. © Photo by Travis Burke Under Canvas Lake Powell–Grand Staircase is the third site in Utah for the luxury camping company.

Located right on the rocky coastline of Surrey, Maine, Under Canvas Acadia is the brand’s first Northeast location. Open as of May 13, 2021, it features 63 safari-style tents set on 100 acres of waterfront land, 75 percent of which will remain untouched to maintain a minimal footprint. Guests can anticipate weekly lobster bakes onsite, while Cadillac Mountain Trail and Acadia National Park are just a 35-minute drive away. The camp will be open for the season through October 11, 2021.

As with its other properties, Under Canvas’s new Maine and Utah locations also feature the brand’s “Intentional Inconveniences,” including no Wi-Fi to get people off their phones and into nature, as well as pull-chain showers and low-flow toilets to use less water than a similar-sized hotel. However, the tent amenities—king-size beds, USB charging packs, and wood-burning stoves—are hardly inconvenient. Additionally, all safari-style accommodations at both new locations include en suite bathrooms and private decks.

a house with bushes in the background: Under Canvas Acadia is the first location in the Northeast for the brand. © Courtesy of Under Canvas Under Canvas Acadia is the first location in the Northeast for the brand.

The company, which opened its first camp in Yellowstone in 2012, initially planned on opening the Acadia property in 2020, along with new camps in the Hudson Valley, Yosemite, and Sonoma, with Catalina Island and Joshua Tree locations to follow in 2021. While the Yosemite site is awaiting a new opening date, the plans for the four other camps have been scrapped. (Under Canvas has also permanently closed its Tucson property.)

During the 2021 season, Under Canvas is still operating its seven other camps and has plans for multimillion-dollar structural upgrades and new food and beverage programs featuring regionally inspired menus across these sites (think bison at Under Canvas Yellowstone and sustainably sourced trout at Under Canvas Rushmore).

Other highlights of these expanded offerings include a new full-service coffee bar at the Yellowstone location alongside a new event space for kids, with movie nights, game nights, and more. Under Canvas Zion is getting new indoor and outdoor social spaces and all of its safari-style accommodations will feature en suite bathrooms. 

Over at Under Canvas Glacier, guests can enjoy expanded patio and outdoor recreation areas with new firepits and games, while those heading to Under Canvas Grand Canyon can look forward to a new outdoor bar this year.   

Reservations are open now for all nine Under Canvas locations in 2021.

This article was originally published on August 18, 2020; it was updated on May 13, 2021, with new information.

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