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An Airstream offers glamping in Yonder Escalante.
The nomadic people

We arrived at the Airstream moments before sunset. The seven-hour road trip from Aspen had me a bit jaded, but I was inspired to have arrived at one of the most magical camping destinations in the American West. Our plan was to glamp in the desert for two nights at the brand new southern Utah resort in Escalante and explore the natural beauty of the surrounding area. After a whirlwind summer in Aspen filled with tourist work events and noisy social gatherings, I was excited and excited to seek solace in the desert and escape society for a few days.

Nestled in the majestic Grand Staircase National Monument near Bryce Canyon National Park, Yonder Escalante is Southern Utah’s newest 20-acre resort concept. Built on the grounds of a former drive-in cinema, the property offers 32 unique accommodations, including 10 refurbished vintage Airstreams and 22 custom-designed cabins, as well as 67 RV sites. The site also features an open-air pavilion, spa-inspired bathhouse, general store, resort-style pool and hot tub, fire pits, and a retro drive-in movie theater. .

The vintage Airstream we were settled in was effortlessly comfortable and quaint with its 60s nostalgia and modern decor that created a spacious and welcoming atmosphere. It looked like the humility of a “tiny house” with its hardwood floors, queen-size bed, single daybed, mini-fridge, full sink, and charming windows. Outside there was a cute picnic table and fire pit that drew us in for a campfire each evening. If regular camping could somehow be this easy and enjoyable, I would gladly do it every night.

Sunrise at Yonder Escalante in the Airstream camping area.
Kim and Nash Finley

At 7:30 p.m. sharp, an assembled lunch box with all the food and utensils needed to cook was delivered to our Airstream. Preparing dinner couldn’t have been easier. We indulged in a steak for main course with grilled sweet potatoes, zucchini and Hawaiian rolls on the side which paired perfectly with a dry Cabernet. Steak and vegetables sizzled on the cast iron skillet as we sat and talked about the quirks of life in Colorado in the 21st century. Tyler Childers had just released a new single earlier today, and we had unknowingly fallen in love with it during our one-day road trip. We played his new track “Angel Band” on the speaker loop as we huddled around the crackling fire and devoured our dinner.

That evening, we embraced the property’s drive-in cinema which featured nine stationary restored classic cars equipped with sound and heat. From the moment we claimed our vintage red Chevelle and piled inside, I felt like I had traveled to a much simpler time. The movie that aired that night turned out to be one of my all-time favorites, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” from 1986. I looked forward to snuggling up with some popcorn, M&Ms and wine red and completely forgetting about my responsibilities for a while.

The drive-in, with vintage cars in which you can watch the movie, at Yonder Escalante.
The nomadic people

The next day we ventured about an hour southwest to the mystical Bryce Canyon National Park. The fantastic formations that filled the Bryce Amphitheater had a very witty way of taking my breath away and making me rethink my priorities. The natural statuary is known as a collection of hoodoos – hooded specters that haunt the canyon. These singular and iconic features of Bryce Canyon have evoked the most wondrous sense of awe and beauty. We hiked the famous Navajo Loop which shows the Queens Garden Trail and the iconic Wall Street Trail. After a breathtaking ride through the canyon, we opted for a two-hour horseback ride. Our adventure along the red rock hoodoos of Bryce Canyon by means of a mule was really deep. At every corner we turned, we were blown away by another picturesque view of the landscape.

Bryce Canyon National Park.
The nomadic people

After a long day in the desert sun, we returned to Yonder to take a dip in the property’s beautiful pool and hot tub. Here we met our Airstream neighbors, who were traveling from Annapolis, Maryland. Both girls were around our age, and they were best friends who told us they were on a “friends moon,” a best friend’s honeymoon to escape their husbands. We enjoyed the sentiment and immediately connected with these friends who had embarked on a road trip through the western United States. Our trip ended with another quiet night around the campfire under a full moon.

Yonder Escalante exudes hidden gem energy that was dropped in the middle of a massive desert oasis. The setting and company helped me remember that even the quietest destinations in the tiniest corners of America still make for memorable and meaningful vacations. Sometimes simple and straightforward is preferred over luxurious and loud.

Guests gather by the fire, with tiny houses surrounding them in Yonder Escalante.
The nomadic people

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