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ESCALANTE YURTS, WHERE GLAMOROUS CAMPING MEETS BED AND BREAKFAST!
LUXURY. CAMPING. REDEFINED
Glamping is a fusion of the cleanliness and comfort of a glamorous hotel paired with the freedom, privacy, and accessibility of outdoor camping. Escalante Yurts combines the best of both worlds and the cozy familiarity of a bed and breakfast. We offer the amenities you’d expect from a high-end hotel: Luxury beds and linens, your own private bathroom, in-room coffee, a large television, and a hearty breakfast each morning. We also provide features unique to Southern Utah, including proximity to national parks, access to slot canyons, local restaurants with small-town charm, and unparalleled star-gazing. Our glamorous yurts are warm in the winter and cool in the summer, lending lavish comfort while you experience Utah outdoors.
GATEWAY TO THE UTAH OUTDOORS
We have located a short drive from world-class scenic hikes and drives, breathtaking canyons, and stunning National Parks. Utah is home to the “Mighty 5” Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park. Situated amid several natural wonders, Escalante Yurts is in close proximity to outdoor adventures for all levels of activity and ambition. Our guests can enjoy a beautiful drive, leisurely stroll, intense off-road adventure, or strenuous hike. Evenings are spent making s’mores and gazing at stars in a clear country sky.
Escalante Yurts provide a unique and memorable lodging experience unlike any other. Surround yourself with peace and solitude in the beauty and nature nestled in the trees and hollows of beautiful red rock country in Southern Utah.
Becoming Utah’s first yurt rental company
Jan and Scott Roundy are the owners of Escalante Yurts, a luxury camping site located just 1½ miles north of the beautiful little town of Escalante, Utah. The town is situated on scenic byway 12 in the heart of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Escalante Yurts is sandwiched between Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park.
Construction on the yurt camping site began in May 2016, and our first guests arrived in April of 2017. Since our luxury camping site opened, we have had visitors from almost every state in the Union and have had visitors from multiple foreign countries.
Scott’s grandfather Wallace was born in Escalante, and his dad Jerry was also born here. Upon retirement, Jerry moved back to Escalante, purchased 30 acres, and built a home. As time passed and Jerry got older, he dropped hints to Scott from time to time that he would like the home and the property to stay in the family.
Scott was raised in what used to be a small town called Rexburg, Idaho. While in high school, he met and fell in love with Jan. They married and moved to Utah to attend University and eventually welcomed a girl and then a boy into their family. Scott graduated with an accounting degree and did whatever he could to NOT work as an accountant. He bought a landscaping business and they settled in northern Utah. He also spent 20 years at Deer Valley Ski Resort as a snowcat driver during the winter seasons.
Jan worked as an office manager for a busy orthodontist in Park City, Utah. Scott and Jan lived in a beautiful part of the world and enjoyed their careers and raising their children. They had no reason to change anything. With their children grown, they began to settle into life being empty nesters. But then Scott’s dad Jerry would drop a hint now and then about Scott buying the house in order to keep it in the family. Scott and Jan never imagined the changes that were coming their way in their future luxury yurt camping business.
One weekend in 2015 they were visiting Jerry and Sherree in Escalante, and the subject of Scott buying the house came up. Not being in a position to buy a second home, Scott assured his dad that someone would buy the house and do something really fun with the house and the property. On the ride home, Scott said to Jan, “What if it was us? It should be us that does something fun with it.” The rest of the car ride home was spent speculating what we might do if we would like to do it, and how we would pull it off. Could we pull it off? Certain that we would get a “no” from the bank or the county or some other entity, we could say that we gave it a try and it didn’t work. Then we could go back to our lives and not worry about it again. Obviously, everyone gave us a “yes” for making a family-friendly vacation spot with luxury yurts! The county thought it was a great idea! The City of Escalante allowed us to purchase a water meter and connect to city water! And most importantly, the bank said yes!
Instead of a cookie-cutter trip to the city, make lasting memories with a one-of-a-kind romantic getaway in Southern Utah. Each yurt rental is lavishly furnished with cozy bedding, luxury linens, and all the amenities you would expect from five-star accommodations. Enjoy a relaxing evening of stargazing from your private patio or explore local attractions that are the highlights of visiting Utah. Our knowledgeable booking agents can help you design the perfect itinerary for your Southern Utah romantic getaway.
LUXURY GLAMPING MEETS BED AND BREAKFAST
Escalante Yurts offers a perfect balance of privacy and community as part of our yurt glamping accommodations. A hearty breakfast is provided each morning in your yurt. That way you can hit the trails early, or stay in bed a little longer – it’s your vacation, do whatever you want! Swap stories while roasting marshmallows with your fellow travelers about your day’s adventures at one of our three outdoor fire pits. Our luxury glamping is a collection of individual yurts which are conveniently spaced for accessibility and privacy. Watch a movie on the television, plan your activities for the following day, or feel the fresh night air on your face while you gaze at the stars on your private, oversized patio.
A UNIQUE ALTERNATIVE TO HOTELS IN BRYCE CANYON
Escalante Yurts offers a one-of-a-kind glamping experience that stands apart from hotels in Bryce Canyon. Our five-star accommodations are centrally located in Escalante, Utah, in close proximity to several natural areas including Bryce Canyon, Calf Creek Falls, Capitol Reef, Kodachrome, and Escalante Petrified Forest. Aside from our central location, Escalante Yurts offers luxury accommodations paired with a unique outdoor experience that Bryce Canyon hotels simply cannot match.
STAY AT ESCALANTE YURTS WHILE VISITING UTAH
Escalante Yurts creates a unique atmosphere that simply must be experienced while visiting Utah. Escape the national chains and enjoy a one-of-a-kind glamping experience in the charming town of Escalante, Utah. Our private units have stunning views of the Southern Utah night sky and proximity to many of Southern Utah’s most popular vacation destinations. Contact Escalante Yurts or click the button below to book five-star accommodations for your Utah visit.
NEARBY PLACES TO VISIT IN SOUTHERN UTAH
There is an abundance of places to visit in Southern Utah, from local diners to stunning country drives and hikes for all skill levels.
• Epic Jeep Rentals
• Utah Canyon Outdoors
• Bryce Canyon
• Excursions of Escalante
• Escalante Outfitters
• Ruby's Horseback Adventures
• Utah Slickrock Guides
• Sleeping Rainbow Adventures
• Escape Goats Tours
• Scenic drives and parks near Escalante, Utah
Escalante Yurts offers high-quality southern Utah camping options for those seeking a luxury camping experience. Contact our team if you don’t see an answer to your yurt camping questions below.
-DOES MY YURT RENTAL HAVE HEATING OR AIR CONDITIONING?
Yes! Each of our yurts tents is equipped with both heating and air conditioning to keep you cool and comfortable in the summer months and warm and cozy when the colder weather arrives.
-WHEN IS CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT TIME?
You can check into your yurt rental anytime after 4:00 p.m. Check-out time is anytime before 11:00 a.m.
-DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN TOWELS AND BED LINENS?
You leave that to us! When you arrive at Escalante Yurts you will find clean, soft linens on the bed and your bathroom stocked with thick towels, soap, shampoo, and lotion.
-HOW DOES THE COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST WORK?
Your breakfast is specially prepared daily and is placed in your yurt rental the afternoon prior. That way you can be on your own schedule in the morning! Your glamorous camping experience includes a full breakfast with a variety of items, such as breakfast burritos, quiche, a pastry, fruit, and of course, a cold beverage and coffee.
-HOW FAR AWAY ARE THE NEAREST DINING OPTIONS?
We are located just a mile and a half north of the town of Escalante, Utah, where you have five or six restaurants to choose from, as well as three gas stations and two small grocery stores. Hours and days of operation can vary.
-WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO WIFI?
Yes, we have WiFi, but keep in mind you will be in a somewhat remote location while camping in Escalante, Utah, and signal strength can vary.
-DO I NEED TO BRING CHARCOAL FOR THE GRILL?
Nope! Each yurt rental is equipped with a propane grill and grill utensils.
-WHAT ABOUT ROASTING STICKS FOR THE FIRE PIT?
We have three common fire pits with wood, matches, lighter fluid, AND roasting sticks so that you can enjoy hot dogs and s’mores while yurt camping in Utah! All you need are marshmallows!
-CAN I BRING MY DOG?
We do not allow pets or emotional support animals at Escalante Yurts. However, if your dog is specifically trained to provide a service for a disability, your dog is welcome! Otherwise, you’ll need to find a pet sitter during your visit to our Southern Utah campground.
-DO ALL THE YURTS RENTALS HAVE A FULL KITCHEN?
All of our yurts rentals have a grill on the deck, a small fridge, a microwave, and a coffee maker. Only our two large yurts tents have full kitchens with a cooktop, full-sized fridge, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, and pots, pans, dishes, and utensils. If you plan on preparing your own meals while visiting Escalante, Utah, be sure to reserve either the Cottonwood Yurt or the Cedar Yurt.
-WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT UTAH?
Escalante Yurts is open year-round, and every time of year offers something special, but spring and fall are particularly nice! You can enjoy warm daytime temperatures for hiking and outdoor activities in Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and more, and cool nights for sleeping.
-WHERE IS THE NEAREST AIRPORT?
When visiting southern Utah you can fly into Salt Lake City or Las Vegas. Both are about a 4 ½ hour drive to Escalante Yurts. If you are renting a car while visiting Utah, we highly recommend an SUV. Many of the best things to see in Utah outdoors are found on gravel or dirt roads, and a sedan just won’t make it.
-WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
For contact info and directions, visit our Contact page.
From Zion National Park – approximately 2 ½ hours
From Bryce Canyon National Park – approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour
From Capitol Reef National Park – approximately 1 ½ hours
From Arches and Canyonlands National Parks – approximately 5 hours
From Moab – approximately 5 hours.
These times are approximate because there is so much to see when visiting southern Utah. Most people stop and enjoy the sites along the way, whether you explore Hole in the Rock, the Petrified Forest State Park, or any of the other beautiful locations in southern Utah. We say “take your time and enjoy your Utah vacation!”
-HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO SPOOKY AND PEEK-A-BOO SLOT CANYONS?
Escalante is the closest town to the slot canyons in Utah. Hole in the Rock road is 5 miles east of Escalante, and Spooky and Peek-a-boo slots are 26 miles out on Hole in the Rock road but plan on an hour to drive out there. We don’t recommend driving to Hole in the Rock or Spooky and Peek-a-boo slots in a sedan! That road gets a lot of traffic and the washboards and sandy sections are hard on cars. You will have better luck exploring our different places to visit in Utah with an all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle of some kind.