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Glamorous camping or 'glamping' comes to Williams

Tents have a variety of amenities such as king size beds, wood stoves, dressers and hot water. Submitted photo

Tents have a variety of amenities such as king size beds, wood stoves, dressers and hot water. Submitted photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The most glamorous camping experience in the Southwest is coming to Williams in July. Surrounded by looming ponderosa pines and just an hour south of Grand Canyon National Park, the extravagant Grand Canyon Under Canvas camping resort is nestled among some of the finest forest in the Southwest.

Grand Canyon Under Canvas is a safari-style tent motel ideal for travelers who are eager for something less standard than a hotel but aren't quite ready for a bona fide camping trip. Located on 56 acres of land on the eastern edge of Williams, 40 tents of various sizes provide a rustic but elegant shelter for travelers.

Thrifty travelers may pass at the opportunity, but Grand Canyon Under Canvas is an ideal accommodation for those looking for a memorable lodging experience while visiting Williams or enroute to the Grand Canyon.

Originally from England, Jake and Sarah Dusek created the Under Canvas company to bring an African safari type experience to the United States. The Dusek's have Under Canvas locations in Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons, Glacier National Park, Moab, Utah and now Williams.

"We pick these areas because they are areas of outstanding natural beauty," Sarah Dusek said.

This glamorous camping or "glamping" opportunity allows travelers to sleep in the woods without having to haul camping equipment around. These tent lodges may include modern beds, hot water, toilets, housekeeping service and wood stoves.

"Our luxury tents are set up with king size beds and linens," said Grand Canyon Under Canvas representative Crystal McDonald. "We're also going to offer breakfast and picnic lunches."

The lodging experience at Grand Canyon Under Canvas will vary depending on which tent the occupant decides to reserve. The tents vary from a very basic tipi to a resort-style, two-bedroom, cabin-sized suite. Since Grand Canyon Under Canvas is still under construction, only Safari style tents are currently available.

All of the tent styles will include king beds or four twin beds with linens, a wood stove and firewood, and comfortable outdoor chairs.

"It's upscale camping," McDonald said. "You don't have to pitch a tent, everything's waiting for you. You just arrive and we take care of the rest."

McDonald said many customers choose glamping because they don't want to be cooped up in a hotel and they want to be in the outdoors.

"You can either get our safari tent with carpet, a dresser and either a king size bed or four twin beds," McDonald said. "Or you can get our deluxe suite which will have the king size bed, wood floor, private deck and ensuite bathroom. Or course it's a bit more pricey than the Safari style."

No matter which tent someone chooses, Grand Canyon Under Canvas will provide one of the more unique lodging experiences in the Southwest.

Reservations can be made by calling (928)248-8808 or go to

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