If you’ve been following along with Part Time Tourists for the past few years, you know that we absolutely love featuring glamping destinations. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to travel to Southern Utah to stay at the brand new glamping site, Open Sky Zion.
Located only 18 miles from Zion National Park, Open Sky Zion is a “place where guests come to find adventure, steep in relaxation and reconnect with those who matter most.”
You may be thinking that with the proximity to Zion National Park you’ll inevitably be fighting crowds like found in Springdale. Nope, that’s not the case! Open Sky Zion has 80 acres of land that is right next to BLM land. Which means there is plenty of space to spread out. They’ve even made sure to place their tents in a way that allows for plenty of privacy.
Open Sky Zion sourced their safari-style tents all the way from Africa. But even though the tents are foreign, they blend perfectly into the surroundings. Currently, Open Sky Zion offers three different tents with plans for more in the future.
We had the opportunity to stay in the Star Seeker which offers the highest level of luxury for up to four guests. Upon entering, you’re greeted with a king-size bed along with sitting chairs, a small table, fridge, coffee maker, bedside lamps, etc. You’ll notice that they spared no cost in the design, functionality, and amenities, ensuring that all guests feel like they are at a 5-star resort.
Behind the master bedroom, there is a separate sky lounge that boasts a glass ceiling to stargaze, and if you get lucky, observe the Milky Way! Even during the day, it’s a nice place to relax and admire the surrounding red rocks.
Let’s continue by highlighting the en suite bathroom and outdoor shower. Connected to the tent, guests will enjoy an oversized clawfoot copper soaking up, heated tile floors, complimentary robes and slippers, a beautiful vanity, and typical hotel amenities such as hairdryer and bath products. Unlike other accommodations, they’ve provided locally sourced bath products instead of standard products you’d find at a chain hotel.
Open Sky Zion claims that you’ll be able to practice the art of doing nothing at their glamping destination, and I can verify that that is the case. This is by no means saying that there is not adventure right at your doorstep, it’s simply stating that “everywhere you look, the infinite beauty somehow magically rekindles sparks of forgotten dreams – all while you do nothing.” My son and I spent hours sitting on our private patio, rocking back and forth on the porch swing, simply enjoying the fact of being together in a beautiful setting.
Glamping does not mean camping. This means there will be no “roughing it” at Open Sky Zion as they’ve thought of every detail to make your stay perfect. Here’s a full list of amenities that you’ll enjoy taken directly from their website.
- Full bathrooms with running water
- Premium bath products
- Luxury bed linens and towels
- Ultra-comfortable king beds
- Wood floors with soft rugs
- Robes and slippers
- Electricity with outlets
- Heat/air conditioning
- Beautiful indoor fireplace
- Hiking sticks and umbrellas
- Small refrigerator
- Private patios with fire pit
- Lounge chairs
- In-room safe
After sunset, I found myself drawn to our patio next to the private fire ring. Earlier in the day, the amazing team at Open Sky Zion had dropped off a complimentary picnic basket that had, amongst other items, all the fixings for s’mores. Sitting in the silence enjoying that childhood-favorite dessert brought feelings of peace that I’m sure many have been seeking during the crazy past year.
You can book your stay by visiting their site and choose between the Star Seeker, Desert Rose, and Cedar Springs Camp. I hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did!
A big thank you to Open Sky Zion for hosting us for an evening. All opinions remain our own.