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Under Canvas Is Opening 2 New Glamping Sites This Spring

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Arizona’s Horseshoe Bend is a 25-minute drive from the upcoming Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase camp in Utah.

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Arizona’s Horseshoe Bend is a 25-minute drive from the upcoming Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase camp in Utah.

The luxury camping company is now taking reservations for its upcoming Maine and Utah locations.

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If last year’s socially distanced summer reignited your love of camping, you can start planning ahead for 2021: Under Canvas is now taking reservations for its two new safari-inspired tented resorts opening this spring. One will be near Acadia National Park in Maine and the other in the area of Utah between Lake Powell and the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. 

Slated to open April 1, 2021, Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase will be 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 will have 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 from April 1 through October 31, 2021.

Under Canvas Acadia will be the first waterfront location for the luxury camping company.

Located right on the rocky coastline of Surrey, Maine, Under Canvas Acadia will be the brand’s first Northeast location when it opens on May 13, 2021. It will feature 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 from May 13 through October 31, 2021.

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As with its other properties, Under Canvas’s new Maine and Utah locations will also feature the brand’s “Intentional Inconveniences” when they open, 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 will include en suite bathrooms and private decks.

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 and Joshua Tree camps are awaiting new opening dates, the plans for the Hudson Valley, Sonoma, and Catalina Island have been scrapped. (Under Canvas has also permanently closed its Tucson property.)

During the 2021 season, Under Canvas will still operate its seven other camps and has plans to unveil 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 will get new indoor and outdoor social spaces and all of its safari-style accommodations will feature en suite bathrooms. 

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Over at Under Canvas Glacier, guests will get to 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 February 17, 2021, with new information.

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