Most visitors to the American West tend toward the national parks for their nature fix. Though Yellowstone, Glacier, and other parks are magnificent and should not be missed, consider adding on some lesser known spots to your itinerary as well! Located on the border between Utah and Idaho, Bear Lake is a large freshwater lake known for having water as blue as the Caribbean. There are endless opportunities to sail, boat, fish, and swim. On a vacation to this remote location, you might think you have to decide between a hotel and camping, but that’s not the case with more and more upscale camping spots cropping up! Read on for our top picks of the best glamping rentals in and around Bear Lake.
This charming and cozy yurt is a great place to glamp in all seasons! The yurt is insulated and has a wood stove inside for winter months. Located on top of a secluded hill, you can sled right outside of the yurt or go to one of the local ski resorts like Pebble Creek and Caribou. In the summertime, the yurt receives cool mountain breezes and has even more activities right around it. The host can set up a trampoline, you can hike on nearby trails, or roast marshmallows on the fire pit while gazing at the stunning Milky Way in the sky. With television, DVDs, and a microwave, this place won’t feel like your average rustic camping trip— the host even provides a daily homemade breakfast!
CARIBOU YURT- An Adventure in B&B!Pocatello, Idaho, United States
With the authentic 1953 camper van and the surrounding natural beauty, staying at this rental will feel straight out of a classic movie! The trailer is mint green on the outside and cozy and charming inside. It is large enough for two guests with just a double bed and some seating inside. Outside are additional seats as well as a picnic table and a fire pit. The surrounding hills are simply gorgeous and Fish Creek runs nearby. It is also only a mile (1.6km) to Lava Hot Springs, which has hot pools that are delightful to soak in all year round!
1950's Retro Camper (Mabel)Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, United States
The hosts of this Airbnb warns that they purchased their Airstream after staying in one and deciding they just had to have it — so beware that by staying in this trailer, the same might happen to you! This camper is just a few years old and has a completely modern interior and amenities. It is large enough for two people and has a kitchenette and a bathroom with a shower. With high-speed wifi and Apple TV, you won’t miss any of the comforts of home. In fact, after spending an evening relaxing in the gazebo in the backyard, you might forget all about your regular life!
“SKI-STREAM” Airstream: Heated & Hot ShowerSalt Lake City, Utah, United States
This charming and retro camper is perfect for folks who want to be in touch with nature! It is situated on a campsite so it’s not entirely secluded, but you will have access to 60 acres (24.28 hectares) of land which has hiking trails and a creek running through it. The natural surroundings are gorgeous and will make you think twice about returning to civilization. Two guests can stay in this 1950’s trailer, which has a bedroom and a portable toilet outside. There is seating and a picnic table outside, the perfect place for eating some s’mores roasted on the campfire.
1950s Retro Camper (Emma)Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, United States
Glamping can range from a luxurious accommodation with all the comforts of home to a rustic affair just a step above sleeping in a tent. This cabin tends toward the latter end of that spectrum, but if you are an outdoorsy person up for an adventure it might just be for you! This platform tent is most comfortable for two people and many call it a romantic getaway. It has a wood stove inside and a fire pit outside and the host provides all the ingredients for making s’mores! Guests should be aware that the closest bathroom is less than a mile (less than a kilometer) away at the visitor center. If you’re willing to live a little further off the grid for a few days, you’ll find yourself rewarded with a serene setting and wildlife sightings — lookout for moose, elk, and even porcupines!
Brighton Glamping: Bed, Wood Stove, & S'mores KitBrighton, Utah, United States
Experience life the way the pioneers did in this wagon accommodations! The rental is for two wagons, one with a canvas cover and the other made entirely of wood. Both wagons have comfy double beds that can sleep two people and small stoves for cooking. The wagons are on a beautiful secluded lot with a fire pit and a picturesque creek. Though the wagons are minimal in the way of bathroom facilities, they are perfect for those who are used to camping and want a little upgrade from a tent!
TWO "Enchanting" & "Wanderlust" Gypsy WagonsMalad City, Idaho, United States
Nestled into a beautiful flowering garden, this vintage camper is stunning inside and out! The 1953 camper has been professionally renovated with all new amenities. It also has a beautiful chic décor that rivals some luxurious hotels. Up to two guests can enjoy this unique accommodation and take advantage of the fire pit and grill out in the garden. The host even provides two bikes to explore the area and materials to make s’mores — you definitely won’t get that at a hotel!
Vintage Trailer in the Heart of Salt Lake CitySalt Lake City, Utah, United States
Part cabin, part yurt, this sturdy accommodation is a perfect spot for those looking to explore the Uinta Mountains. The wooden yurt can accommodate three guests on the double bed and fold-out futon. The yurt also has a small kitchen with pots and pans, and a grocery store is just a short drive down the road. The toilet is located in an outhouse outside, and there is a seasonal outdoor shower as well. This yurt is located at the foot of the Uinta Mountains and just 30 minutes away from Park City, making it perfectly located to see all that the area has to offer!
Uinta BasecampKamas, Utah, United States
The perfect way to connect with nature
Just because you don’t want to give up the comforts of modern life doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy camping too! There are many more options to stay in the great outdoors than sleeping on the ground in a tent. From custom built yurts to vintage campers to covered wagons, Airbnb hosts are becoming more and more creative in their options to give travelers glamping experiences. Some of the best glamping rentals are around Bear Lake, so start planning your trip today!
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