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Yonder Escalante is a glamping hub in the Utah Desert

Desert camping gets taken up a notch at this eight-hectare site in Utah, which hosts guests in clusters of tiny homes and Airstream trailers backdropped by canyon scenery.

Yonder Escalante spans a stretch of land in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument that was once used as a drive-in movie theatre.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the rocky landscape without worrying about bringing a tent, with the site offering various cabins, including a new deluxe version with an ensuite and outdoor shower, and classic Airstream trailers.

Breakfast is served from Yonder’s food truck, cabins come stocked with all the essentials required for hiking, and part of the site has even been returned to its former life as an outdoor cinema – with restored classic cars ready and waiting for a movie night beneath the stars.

Photography: Mikal Kelaidis / Yonder Escalante

There’s something for everyone, whatever their level of outdoor experience. Activities including hiking the slot canyons and Upper Calf Creek, four-wheeling along the Hole-in-the-Rock road and horseback riding the alpine forests and red rock hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. Water sports enthusiasts can go boating, canoeing or fishing at Wide Hollow Reservoir within the Escalante Petrified Forest – known for its marine fossils, petrified wood and fossilised dinosaur bones.

Yonder Escalante campsite is reopens in March 2024, with stays priced from around $100 a night.

Photography: Mikal Kelaidis / Yonder Escalante
Photography: Kim and Nash Finley / Yonder Escalante
Photography: Yonder Escalante
Photography: Yonder Escalante
Photography: Yonder Escalante
Photography: Yonder Escalante

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