Top 10 Tips for Glamping in the Desert:

Elsie Young

Temperature Regulation:
  • Layered Clothing: Desert temperatures can fluctuate dramatically between day and night. Pack breathable base layers, quick-drying hiking pants, and a warm jacket for nighttime chills.
  • Sturdy Hiking Boots: Numerous trails wind through the forest, so proper footwear is crucial. Choose supportive, closed-toe hiking boots with good traction for uneven terrain.
Optional Water Activities:
  • Swimsuit: If your glamping location is near natural hot springs, pack a swimsuit to take advantage of these relaxing geothermal wonders.
Sun Protection:
  • Sunscreen (Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 or higher): The Arizona sun is relentless. Pack broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher for ample protection. Reapply frequently, especially after sweating or swimming.
  • Hat: A wide-brimmed hat shades your face, neck, and ears, protecting you from sunburn and heatstroke.
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses with UV protection shield your eyes from the sun's harsh rays.
Insect Protection:
  • Insect Repellent: Especially during summer months, mosquitoes and other insects can be a nuisance. Pack insect repellent with DEET to keep them at bay.
  • Headlamp or Flashlight: Even with glamping amenities, a headlamp or flashlight is essential for nighttime use around the campsite or navigating trails after dark.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is crucial in the desert climate. Invest in a reusable water bottle with a capacity of at least 2 liters to avoid dehydration during hikes and outdoor activities.
Documentation and Memories:
  • Camera: Capture the stunning scenery, wildlife encounters, and glamping experience with a camera.
Wildlife Viewing (Optional):
  • Binoculars: Enhance your wildlife viewing experience by packing binoculars. Spot distant birds, elk, and other creatures in their natural habitat.
Personal Care:
  • Toiletries: Pack all your essential toiletries, including shower items, sunscreen, and lip balm.
  • Prescription Medication: Don't forget to pack any medications you require throughout your trip.

  • Glamping Style
    Amenities (may vary)
    Price Range
    Canvas TentComfortable beds, linens, seating area$100-$200
    Glamping CabinBeds, linens, furniture, fire pit$200-$300
    YurtBeds, linens, furniture, sometimes a private bathroom$300-$500
    Eco-PodModern amenities like electricity, private bathroom, heating/AC$400+