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Under Canvas Yellowstone
Lisa C from:
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Sep, 19, 2018 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
We spent two nights in a Safari tent which was perfect for our family of 3. Thank goodness for the wood burning stove, as it got down to 30 at night at the end of August. The grounds are beautiful & the staff helpful. We'd love to come back for a longer stay -- great location to access & explore Yellowstone.
- Rooms: 5
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 5
badmaru from: badmaru
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Sep, 13, 2018 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2018 Rating: 4
Great place to try glamping!
If you're looking to go camping, but don't want to give up normal everyday amenities like a hot running shower and a toilet, then this may be the answer to what you're looking for. Under Canvas gives you that opportunity to go camping and have the leg work done for you.
We stayed in the deluxe tent that had its own shower, sink and toilet. The shower is a chain shower, meaning that you have to pull on a chain for it to work, but they have a small hook that you attach the chain to so you don't have to constantly pull on it for there to be water. They provide shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. If you're staying in a tent that does not have its own shower, you don't have conditioner. So campers make sure you bring your own lotion and whatever toiletries you may need - you're camping, so they will not have toothbrushes, toothpaste or whatever you might forget.
The tent itself was actually quite large. It had a king size bed, two small night stands, two fold up chairs, wood stove and a large box that you could use to hold your personal items (we used it as an additional table). If you're traveling as a couple, there was more than enough space. Our toddler stayed in a cot and sleeping bag. The cot was about 1.5 feet off the ground - I would highly recommend using that if you're bringing a child. There are potential critters and you don't want your child to be surprised in the middle of the night. The sleeping bag they provided was rated for 0 degrees and it came with a liner. Our child didn't have a problem with the cold evenings in that sleeping bag and liner. (The temperature at night dropped to the mid to high 30s when we visited.)
Our tent had a wood stove with the wood pellets. I highly recommend that you get the staff to start the fire for you and that you request the stove with the wooden pellets. The pellets automatically drop into the fire so that you don't have to do it overnight. On our first night, we didn't have the staff start the fire; my SO had to keep getting up every 2 hours to try to keep the fire going. Also, if you have a child, ask the staff to start the fire while you're at dinner so by the time you need to shower, the tent isn't too cold.
There are two small lamps in the tent and a small lamp for the bathroom area. We brought our own battery powered lanterns and that helped to keep the tent nicely lit. Alternatively, you could probably just bring some flashlights too. The two lamps in the main tent area have 2 battery packs (one on each lamp) that you can use USB cables to charge things. Make sure you actually turn them on to charge your devices. There is a small switch along the battery pack that you can press to charge your device. We used the car to charge our devices since there were times when we were in the car for awhile.
Also, no food is allowed in the tents since it's bear country. We kept our food in the trunk of the car and that was fine.
The campgrounds were pretty cool. There were some toys for the children to use while they're at the big greeting tent. At night, there was a campfire next to the big greeting tent that you can make s'mores. I think were was also a river along the back part of the campgrounds, but we didn't explore that.
The accommodations includes breakfast at Embers, which is the restaurant affiliated with Bar N Ranch. The breakfast was standard fare - think free breakfast from like a Four Points hotel. One morning they had pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, oatmeal and toast. The next morning they had french toast sticks, sausage, scrambled eggs, yogurt, grits and toast. You can ask them to provide you with a to go lunch if you're planning to spend a day in the park or what not, but you have to place your order the night before (I think before 5 PM).
The location of the campgrounds was pretty close to the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone and the West Yellowstone airport. For those of you who want to minimize the amount of driving prior to getting to Yellowstone, than this location is ideal. There are many ways to enter Yellowstone National Park, but if you want be close but not in the park, this may be the closest location (West Yellowstone not necessarily Under Canvas).
In summary, if you're looking for a wonderful camping experience, don't want to really rough it and want to explore Yellowstone, Under Canvas is a cool way to experience all that. Just remember that this is STILL camping and not a 5 star hotel. So have the mind set of having fun without the electronics and you'll have a fun time.
- Value: 4
- Location: 4
- Service: 4
viseshvardhan b from:
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Sep, 9, 2018 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Good place for glamping
The staff was humble and took good care of us. The place was really good, as u can see in the attached picture the view of the mountains was stunning and at night the show can have a start gazining as well. Loved this place.
Mayling L from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 4, 2018 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2018 Rating: 4
Unique and fun
I personally had great fun camping at this site. A great way to experience Yellowstone and Montana while leaving the smallest footprint on the environment. The only thing I would change is the time I traveled. It was very cold at night and the stove was temperamental; sometimes it will keep us warm all night or burn out in the middle of the night and we would freeze so take that into account when booking. And yes the wildlife will wake you up at the crack of dawn but Under Canvas does supply ear plugs if that is an issue.
GoldyHamer from: Portland, Oregon
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 4, 2018 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
We LOVED our one-night stay here. Staff was excellent and caring, grounds beautiful and peaceful, and amenities both upscale and down-to-earth. It was such a fun experience to stay in a fancy-tent, but still have the feel of a friendly camping trip... s'mores by the fire, talking with other travelers, and seeing the stars at night. We enjoyed every minute here and hope to be back again someday. The tent itself is a lovely experience, including a comfortable bed, hot shower, full bathroom, and patio. It was a treat to read on and look for wildlife from that patio! We had a stargazer tent a bit away from the main camp, which we really enjoyed.
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5