All the outdoorsy nature of camping and all of the luxury of a hotel: that’s exactly what glamping is. You see, I love the idea of camping under the stars, cooking meals over a fire, and living a simpler life for a couple nights. However, I don’t love sleeping on the ground, being cramped in a small tent, or being surrounded by bugs and possibly wildlife. If you’re like me, glamping is the perfect solution for you! Glamping in Montana is even better because of all the beautiful scenery you’ll get to see!
Usually, glamping will include some kind of semi-permanent structure – either an actual wood building or a canvas tent. It will definitely include a real bed and bathroom and will sometimes even come with kitchen amenities.
Here is a list of places to go glamping in Montana along with what you should know before your first trip:
The Resort at Paws Up
Paws Up is a working ranch in Greenough, Montana. While you can take part in a variety of ranch activities like trail rides, cattle drives, and chuck wagon dinners, Paws Up also has a commitment to luxury. Their accomodations are stocked with luxurious ammenities like heated floors, heated laundry, rain showers, spa products, and hot tubs!
They offer cabins or safari-style tents to stay in. They even have a couple of restaurants and bars for you! This is the ultimate glamping experience – it probably won’t feel much like camping at all!
Under Canvas Near Glacier National Park
Under Canvas is one of the most well known glamping companies and there’s a branch in Montana near Glacier National Park! The canvas tents at this branch are lofted treehouse-style tents and are located just 7 miles from the entrance of Glacier National Park. All the tents come with a queen, a king, or two twin beds. Some even come with their own bathrooms. The ones that don’t include bathrooms have a community bathhouse to use.
Check out their website for more info!
The Ranch at Rock Creek
There are a number of dude ranches in Montana where you can stay as a guest. One of them is The Ranch at Rock Creek located in Philipsburg, Montana (West of Helena). They have options of cabins or canvas tents. These guest dude ranches are usually all inclusive and The Ranch at Rock Creek is no different. All meals and activities are included. This is a great way to get a taste of Montana ranch life with activities like fly fishing, horseback riding, yoga, and more!
Check out their website for more info!
Glamping Tents near Helena National Forest
This farm hear Helena hosts 4 glamping tents that are set up on a somewhat permanent wood platform. They each come with a pillow-top queen size bed and one of these tents also includes an extra twin size bed. There is a shared bathroom and shower which is just a short walk away. There is also a private deck area on each of the tents complete with chairs and lanterns to enjoy each evening.
Glamping Cocoons near Glacier National Park
These cocoons are truly a unique experience! Set near Glacier National Park, these glamping cocoons are perfect for visiters who will be exploring the park all day and need a comfortable, fun place to sleep. The cocoons are set up off the ground and include a king size bed with shared bathroom and shower facilities. The host also has weekly movie nights, live music, and yard games.
Airstream Rental in Livingston, Montana
This Airstream is set up in Livingston, Montana – just one town over from Bozeman. It comes with a queen size bed, a sofa bed, a private deck, a bathroom/shower, and a fully-equipped kitchen! There is also a hot tub outside along with a fire pit. This is the perfect stay for someone looking to get away for a weekend by yourself or with a group of up to 4 people.
Authentic Tipis in Whitefish, Montana
These Tipis are set up in Whitefish, Montana which is very close to Glacier National Park. Each Tipi comes with two twin beds, shared showers and bathrooms, and complimentary breakfast. From here, most guests take a couple days to explore Glacier National Park, but you can also book a horse trail ride right from the host.
Luxury Camping Tent in Helena, Montana
This is a luxury, safari-style glamping tent set up in Helena, Montana. It comes with a king size bed, a private bathroom/shower, a small kitchenette, and a private deck. This host actually offers two options to choose from – a cabin or a glamping tent. This is the perfect option for a couple looking to get away in a secluded area surrounded by mountains!
What to bring with you when glamping
By now, I think you understand that glamping is not nearly the same as camping! You don’t need all the gear you would normally need to go camping, so you can leave the sleeping bags and tents at home. However, you will still likely be spending a lot of time outside, so here are a few things I’d suggest bringing with you if you:
- Bug spray
- Camera and extra camera battery
- Hiking gear (boots, backpack, snacks, etc.)
- Your favorite book
- Any food you might want if it’s not included
- Camping chairs if they’re not included
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Tips for your first glamping trip
Glamping tends to be right in the middle of staying at a hotel and camping. It gives you the best of both worlds – staying in the outdoors while still having a lot of conveniences!
My biggest tip before your first glamping trip is to research wherever it is you’re going to. Go prepared with a few activity ideas in mind. Bring your favorite book to read, decide on a few hikes you want to do, or book a fun experience like horseback riding beforehand. I’d also try to figure out if you’ll have cell service where you’re headed. If not, download the Google Map of your area before you lose service so you’ll always know where you’re going.
If you need to bring your own food, try to prepare as much of it as you can before you go. I’d suggest bringing a cooler with you to help keep perishables cold and pack easy-to-make meals. There are kitchens in a few of these glamping spots which make storing and preparing food easy, but some don’t include that, so you’ll want to prepare beforehand.
Lastly, check the weather and pack clothes accordingly! There’s nothing worse than being cooped up inside because you didn’t bring enough outerwear or an umbrella. While weather shouldn’t postpone your trip, you’ll want to be prepared for whatever weather you face while you’re there!
Have you been glamping?
If you’ve been glamping in Montana before, let me know what your experience was like in the comments! Personally, I love it!