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T O G E T H E R Welcome Back to Nature


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Welcome 02

Intentional Life Unplugged Inconveniences 03

Star Power

Take It Outside!

This Is the Wildlife 10

Social (Media) Scene 13

Can’t-Miss Hikes 14

Montana Road Trip 18

Our Camps 32

Coming Soon 50

Adventure Packages 52

Bailey Made

Cover Photograph by Paul Joyner Photo

Special Events 54

TENt Pass 59

Passport Rewards 60

Guestbook 61


is a very special year for Under Canvas. It’s our 10th anniversary! A decade ago my husband and I, inspired by the incredible beauty of the United States, imagined a world where people could sleep out under the stars without having to set up a camp, and where enjoying nature didn’t have to be uncomfortable or difficult. We imagined a world where development meant preserving the landscape—not destroying it—and doing so with great environmental care. Today we hope you enjoy the fruits of our imagination, because the heart of our dream has always been you and your family, your friends, and your loved ones. Under Canvas was created for your pleasure and to create moments #OutsideTogether that will forever be etched on your memories and in your hearts. We hope you will be inspired to enjoy our beautiful planet by disconnecting from technology to connect with those you love, and to become stewards of our planet. You will find many intentional inconveniences at our camps, which you can read about on page 3. Together with our recycling program and no-plastic initiatives, we’re on our way to becoming an entirely zero-waste company by 2021. But to do it, we need your help. We know drinking a glass of wine out of a compostable cup is not the same as a wine glass, but the positive, long-term impact on the environment is worth it to us. So we ask you to embrace these initiatives. Doing so means you’ll travel more sustainably, make less of an impact on the planet, and, we believe, produce a more rewarding experience. From all of us at Under Canvas, have a wonderful stay. We truly believe our camps qualify as an adventure of a lifetime, so allow us to help you have one. Our teams are standing by to help you tailor activities to your desires, tell you about the special spots no one knows about, and ensure your comfort. Have a great adventure,

Sarah Dusek Cofounder & CEO, Under Canvas Join our mailing list and be the first to hear about Under Canvas openings, promotions, and more! Visit

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Sarah Dusek Cofounder & CEO

Jacob Dusek Cofounder

Merritt Hopper Chief Revenue Officer

May Lilley

VP Marketing & Editor-in-Chief


Brian McCarthy, Merge LLC Publisher & Editor

Evelyn Good, Good Design LLC Art Director


Jason Daley Grant Davis Dana Sullivan

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The Beauty of Our Intentional Inconveniences By staying at an Under Canvas camp, you take part in our efforts to preserve our incredible planet.

At Under Canvas, we care deeply about our precious natural resources, namely the landscape surrounding our camps and the life that it supports. Our guests contribute to this goal, first, by choosing to stay with us, and second, through what we call “intentional inconveniences.” These are small features and choices that go a long way toward preserving the environment. Here are some of the ways we reduce our impact on nature and still deliver a luxurious experience.

ELECTRICITY - Our camps, such as Yellowstone and Glacier, use solar power whenever possible, resulting in 84 percent less electricity use than the average hotel. Thanks to the abundant sunlight, our Moab and Zion camps can run 100 percent on solar power. WASTE - By 2021, we want to be a

company that produces zero waste. This means eliminating plastics from our camps, converting plates and flatware to compostable options, and recycling everything else. We’re well on our way. With the help of our guests, we can achieve this goal.


WATER - Our camps use 87 percent less water than a similar-sized hotel thanks to low-flow toilets, faucets that automatically shut off, and showers that activate only when guests pull a

chain. Guests also help by hanging up towels to use again instead of having them replaced daily.

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lugged When you’re unplugged from modern life, you’re plugged into yourself, your significant other, your family, and the natural splendor around you.

a.m. Take advantage of the cool morning air with a hike above camp for an awe-inspiring view of the surroundings. Don’t miss the grazing deer on the way down.

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a.m. Move your yoga practice outside and give new meaning to your sun salutations.


At Under Canvas Zion, Guest Experience & Activities Coordinator Brigitte LaVea has one job: to make everyone’s stay better than they ever expected. Ever tried canyoneering in Utah’s famed slot canyons? Or how about a sunset horseback ride with a backcountry dinner? LaVea will make it happen. Sometimes, she even knows what you want when you don’t. “One spring, a guest contacted me ahead of his stay with his girlfriend. He wanted to propose, but had no idea how to make it

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special,” LaVea says. “I suggested a private helicopter tour with an exclusive landing on top of a nearby butte where he could pop the question. He went for it, and while the couple was airborne, I went to his Instagram account, found and printed out a handful of cute snapshots of the couple, and then decorated their tent with them and fresh flowers. I also put a bottle of champagne on ice for them. He had no idea we’d set up their tent like that. He looked like a hero! The girlfriend, by the way, said yes.”


Bespoke Vacations by Under Canvas

a.m. Return from a stunning aerial tour of the region before lunch.

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a.m. Hit the road for adventure.

p.m. Saddle up for a sunset ride into the backcountry.


p.m. Celebrate America the beautiful.

p.m. p.m. Gather round the fire pit in the evening to roast s’mores and play one of our many outdoor games.

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Look Closely  MOAB  Desert Bighorn Sheep The regal bighorns wear dramatic, thick, and curled horns (both males and females have them), eat cactus and grasses, and, like camels, can go three days without water. SPOT ’EM: Look carefully for nimble bighorns moving along rocky cliffs, feeding where the terrain looks impassable.

 MOUNT RUSHMORE  Yellow-Bellied Marmot These rotund rodents have a yellow belly and chest, and a white patch that covers their nose and creates an “eyebrow.” SPOT ’EM: Along the Presidential Trail, where they munch on grasses, broadleaved plants, and seeds.

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 MOAB  Desert Bighorn Sheep The regal bighorns wear dramatic, thick, and curled horns (both males and females have them), eat cactus and grasses, and, like camels, can go three days without water. SPOT ’EM: Look carefully for nimble bighorns moving along rocky cliffs, feeding where the terrain looks impassable.


Each national park and the areas surrounding it are known for an iconic animal. If you spot one, congrats! You’ve achieved a gold standard of wildlife spotting. By Dana Sullivan

 YELLOWSTONE Bison Thanks to conservation efforts, these giant mammals number some 3,500 in Yellowstone National Park, enough to make them easy to find as you travel through the area. SPOT ’EM: Foraging in the Lamar Valley in Northern Yellowstone or the Hayden Valley in Central Yellowstone.

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 GLACIER  Bald Eagle Majestic bald eagles are unmistakable thanks to their white head and massive wingspan (up to 8 feet). SPOT ’EM: In trees near wetlands, lakes, and spawning springs (in springtime).

Mule Deer Male mule deer have elegant antlers. By fall, when breeding season begins, the antlers serve as a weapon used to fight for mating rights. SPOT ’EM: At dawn or dusk, when the deer usually graze along the rivers, such as the Virgin River at the bottom of Zion Canyon.

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 GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS Fireflies The park is home to one of a few species of firefly known to synchronize its flash patterns, lighting up the night between mid-May and mid-June. Check the park’s website for exact dates. SPOT ’EM: The fireflies live throughout the park but the Elkmont viewing area offers the best seats in the house.

 YOSEMITE  Black Bear Despite their name, black bears usually have brown or reddish fur. Adults can weigh up to 250 pounds and roam throughout the Yosemite Valley during the summer. SPOT ’EM: While most sightings occur in the backcountry, hungry bears have been known to wander into campgrounds looking for food.

TUCSON  Arizona Javelina They may look like wild pigs, but these mammals are from the peccary family and migrated north from South and Central America. SPOT ’EM: They usually travel in groups for protection along desert washes or shrublands, coming out at dusk and foraging for food throughout the night.

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Ringtail Cat Arizona’s state animal is the sleek, nimble ringtail cat that looks like a cross between a raccoon, a fox, and a housecat. However, it’s not actually a cat, but rather a member of the raccoon family. SPOT ’EM: Ringtail cats are nocturnal. They hunt along canyon walls, slopes, and ridges in desert scrub or near water sources.




Trip Pics A selection of our favorite posts shared by Under Canvas guests. Share yours on Instagram (@undercanvasofficial) or Facebook (UnderCanvas).

@goosethecorg, Under Canvas Yellowstone - Spy the corg.

@colleengallagher, Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains - Can’t stop, won’t stop glamping! Excited to show y’all the @undercanvasofficial Smoky Mountains!

@aleksdanielle, Under Canvas Zion Friendship is so weird. You pick out a random person, and you’re like “Yep, this one, I wanna go on adventures with this one.â€? đ&#x;?œâ˜•

@thebeautybeau, Under Canvas Tucson - I can’t imagine a more perfect time of year

@k1mberly, Under Canvas Grand Canyon - We made it to Under Canvas

to visit @undercanvasofficial! It’s a cozy and minimal place to stay away from home.

Grand Canyon! So excited for our glamping experience outfitted by @westelm.

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A Walk in the Park Our curated list of easy day hikes in adjacent national parks promises spectacular views and geographic splendor. By Dana Sullivan MOAB Delicate Arch 3 mi. round-trip Delicate Arch is a bucketlist sight. How close you get will depend on your family’s hiking chops. Walking the entire length

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of the Delicate Arch Trail (mostly uphill on the way to the arch) is worth the effort: You’ll get a close-up view of the arch and pass a wall of ancient Ute Indian petroglyphs.

ZION The Narrows 3-4+ mi. round-trip Zion is known for its magnificent slot canyons, and on the Narrows Trail, you’ll walk through one in the ankle- or knee-deep


Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park GLACIER NATIONAL PARK Grinnell Lake

YOSEMITE Panorama Trail ZION The Narrows

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GRAND CANYON South Kaibab Trailhead

water of the gently flowing Virgin River. That’s right: The trail is a river. You can hike as far in as you have the stamina for—most people cover three or four miles of the trail. Just heed the warnings when high water closes the trail.

YELLOWSTONE Upper Geyser Basin Trail 5 mi. round-trip Start at the Old Faithful Inn, home to the Old

YELLOWSTONE Upper Geyser Basin Trail

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 TUCSON Douglas Spring Trail


MOAB Delicate Arch

Faithful Geyser and situated within two square miles of a quarter of all the geysers in the world. From Old Faithful, take the paved path toward Castle Geyser (0.2 miles). From there, take the boardwalk across Firehole River to the Sawmill Geyser. To complete the hike, follow the north trail to Grand Geyser, Beauty Pool, Oblong Geyser, and Giant Geyser before the trail junctions again with the Upper Geyser Trail.


MOUNT RUSHMORE Presidential Trail


0.6 mi. round-trip The paved trail is hilly (you’ll have to climb some stairs), but it’s short enough that even the youngest hikers should have no trouble traversing the 0.6-mile loop. The reward? A clear view of the sculpted faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt carved into Mount Rushmore.

3 mi. round-trip Catch the ferries across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes with Glacier Park Boat Company. Once you hop off, you’ll hike around 1.3 miles up to the turquoise waters of Lower Grinnell Lake and a view of the meltwater from the Grinnell Glacier above, cascading into the lake. Boat reservations recommended.

2.5 mi. round-trip On a hot day, park at the Trillium Gap Trail parking lot and hike to Grotto Falls. The trek comes with a unique payoff, the chance to cool down behind the cascade of Grotto Falls, the only waterfall in the park you can walk behind. Once you cool down—from the misting water or from 2019 | UNDER CANVAS | 15


Grotto Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

YOSEMITE Panorama Trail As much as 8.5 mi. one way Starting from the iconic and stunning view atop Glacier Point, the entire Panorama Trail descends 3,200 feet to the floor of Yosemite Valley, heading past Nevada and Vernal Falls. But you can go down as far or as little as you like. About a half-mile past the Illilouette Creek crossing, an unmarked trail leads to Panorama Point, where you’ll likely be able to enjoy an unmatched view of the valley all by yourself. (Warning: the sheer dropoff at the point has no

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guardrails.) Just be aware that it’s all uphill—at elevations of 6,500-7,200 feet—to get back to your car or the shuttle at Glacier Point.

GRAND CANYON South Kaibab Trailhead 3 mi. round-trip From the South Rim, the Grand Canyon looks vast, but until you get down into it, you can’t grasp the scale of it. The Kaibab Trail will deliver. The steep but well-trod path drops 1,110 feet in 1.5 miles to your turnaround point at Cedar Ridge, where you’ll find toilet facilities, space to spread out for a snack, and an awestruck understanding of the geological forces that formed the canyon. You will not find any water, though. Give yourself twice as much time to make the climb back up. If you’re lucky, you’ll pass the park’s

mule train heading up or down the trail, delivering supplies and people to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon.

TUCSON Douglas Spring Trail 3.2 mi. round-trip Under Canvas Tucson borders Saguaro National Park, home to a veritable forest of distinct and stately saguaro cacti. The Douglas Spring Trail starts just outside the camp’s entrance and climbs through the thick of the saguaro. During spring, the desert comes alive with color from wildflowers. Make your way up to Bridal Wreath Falls, which is usually a trickle in this desert climate, but can turn into a true cascade during monsoon season. Enjoy the views of Tucson and the Santa Catalina Mountains on the way back down.


plunging into the swimming hole created by the falls—you can either hike back to the trailhead or continue on up the trail that eventually hits the summit of 6,593-foothigh Mount Le Conte.






Roadside Attractions Explore Montana’s Rocky Mountain majesty on a road trip connecting Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. By Grant Davis

Take a detour to the ski resort at Big Sky on the way to Yellowstone. Ride the tram to the top of 11,166-foot Lone Peak and take in the 100-plus-mile view of three states.

From Yellowstone’s Old Faithful to the dramatic glacier valleys of Glacier National Park, the northern Rocky Mountains of the United States are a world apart in grandeur, remoteness, geography, and wildlife. Our 450-mile trip between Under Canvas’s camps near Yellowstone and Glacier takes you through the heart of this landscape, with stops in the region’s most charming and historic towns and cities. Take as many or few days as you like. The tour starts after you fly into Bozeman, Montana, pick up a rental car, and head south toward Under Canvas Yellowstone for the night. END

 5. Flathead Lake

6. Under Canvas Glacier

4.  Missoula 3. Butte




1. Bozeman, Big Sky

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Under Canvas Yellowstone

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BUTTE Stop in the old mining town of Butte. On the east side of town is the Berkeley Pit, a now-closed open-pit copper mine 1,780 feet deep that reveals the vast scale and sobering problems (the water in the mine is toxic) with this type of mining.


MISSOULA Heading north, the Clark Fork River canyon suddenly opens up to Missoula, the vibrant college and lumber town. Pick up an ice cream at Big Dipper, then walk north, where you may catch the locals surfing the river’s standing wave.







After waking up in your tent, head into Yellowstone National Park to wonder at Old Faithful, the psychedelic colors of the thermal springs, and the abundance of wildlife. Return to Under Canvas for s’mores by the fire and a night sky like you’ve never seen it before.


The town of Bigfork on Flathead Lake’s northeast shoreline is home to art galleries, adventure outfitters, and an award-winning brewery, Flathead Lake Brewing Co. Board a boat to Wild Horse Island State Park, home to a handful of wild mustangs, descendants of horses brought there more than a century ago.

GLACIER Settle into a cozy bed at Under Canvas outside the west entrance to Glacier National Park. After breakfast the next morning, drive Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass to the St. Mary visitor center and back. Along the way you’ll pass dramatic vistas, waterfalls, and, yes, glaciers. You can spot one from the Jackson Glacier Overlook on the east side of Logan Pass.



Nighttime at Under Canvas brings out a sight few of us see anymore: the night sky bursting with billions and billions of stars. The view from our tents is the perfect spot to learn the art BAILEY MADE

of stargazing.

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TRUST US, you don’t need a fancy telescope to practice astronomy. Beginners can start with the naked eye: ID-ing the constellations and brightest stars in the sky. An easy way to find them is via the Star Walk 2 smartphone app. Hold your phone up to the sky and it will point out 200,000 stars, asteroids, galaxies, and even satellites. Begin with the Milky Way, then move to locate a couple of familiar constellations— Ursa Major, home of the Big Dipper, is a good start—then try and locate them in real life. Working your way around the dome of the sky a quarter section at a time, aim to spot a new constellation or handful of stars each night. Once you know where the big stars and galaxies are, you’ll be able to follow more complex star charts to find the really interesting stuff. As you pick up the lay of the sky, it’s time to step up to some magnification with a pair of binoculars (see below). Armed with these optics, you should be able to tap your star chart to help you zero in on the Andromeda Galaxy, Jupiter’s moons, the Pleiades, or the M13 star cluster. Also, you’ll learn a little astrophysics as you notice differences in brightness and color among stars. Red stars, such as Rigel in the constellation Orion, are the coolest stars, yellow stars are hotter, and blazing blue stars are the largest and hottest of all.


Binoculars are rated first by magnification and then by the size of their objective lens, the big one at the end. The bigger the lens, the brighter and crisper the view of the stars. A pair of relatively light 7x50 binoculars, like Nikon’s Action Extreme 7x50 ATBs, will work well for most star-spotting. Skygazers with steadier hands or a tripod can get away with 10x or 12x binoculars.

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Meteor Showers When the Earth passes through debris left behind by a comet, it produces meteor showers in the night sky. About a dozen major showers occur each year, and Under Canvas is among the best places to see one this summer.

 MAY 5 (PREDAWN) Eta Aquariids. 10-20 shooting stars/hr.  AUG. 13 Perseids. 60-70 meteors/hr. (up to 200/hr. some years)  DEC. 13-14 Geminids. 20-30 shooting stars/hr. (up to 120/hr. some years)

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Just beyond our camps, you’ll find a natural world begging to be explored. Pick an adventure and get started.

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TA K E I T O U T S I D E !

Colorado River Rafting Moab is best known for its stunning red rock scenery, stone arches, and vast deserts. But there’s another side to the area: stunning canyons and rapids created by the Colorado River. A full-day rafting trip with the Moab Adventure Center from Hittle Bottom to Salt Wash Rapids is a perfect family float, taking in 14 miles of otherwise inaccessible river canyon. Rafters face Class I and II rapids including Onion Creek, Cloudburst, and Rocky Rapid, which can roar into Class III cataracts during higher water. Between whitewater sections, you’ll float past rock towers, red canyon walls, and white sand beaches.

Adventure Option: Sunset Hummer Tour This Hummer safari departs each evening before sunset and within minutes of departure you’ll be scaling one of Moab’s red rock fins on your way to an area known as Hell’s Revenge. Weave in and out of rock canyons and climb steep sandstone hills. While on the trip, your guides will share the geology of the area, along with the history of the Canyonlands region. Midway through, you’ll ascend to the summit of a captivating overlook, where you’ll relax and savor tasty snacks while the desert sun paints the evening sky.

Yellowstone: Private National Park Tour Enjoy VIP status as you explore the massive Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas on a private guided tour. Tours are fully customizable, catering 26 | UNDER CANVAS | 2019

to the desires and curiosity of guests. See wildlife in the Hayden and Lamar Valleys, take in the views of Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon, and awe in the wonders of the park’s display of geothermal features.

Adventure Option: Kayak Hebgen Lake Grab a paddle and hop in a boat for a half-day, guided kayaking trip on Hebgen Lake in the gorgeous region shared by our Under Canvas campsite, just west of Yellowstone National Park. Take in the sights and sounds of Yellowstone country and take time to cool off during the day. Transportation and professional guides provided; get ready to paddle!

Mount Rushmore: Explore the Black Hills This is a journey that celebrates the three most popular destinations in the Black Hills: Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Custer State Park. Experience the sites, view wildlife, learn history, and hear stories from professional guides who have decades of experience to share. Guided visits to Badlands National Park and other custom tours are also available upon request.

Adventure Option: Pan for Gold in the Black Hills Spend the day exploring a genuine Black Hills gold claim while learning to pan for gold in the same gold-rich streams that brought early miners to this area in the 1800s. Before, after, or during your gold prospecting, cool off at a nearby swimming hole with friends and family.




Onion Creek Rapid HITTLE Professor Creek Rapid BOTTOM (start) Rocky Rapid Salt Wash Rapid Cloudburst Rapid


White’s Rapid

Moab, Utah

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Epic terrain in Arches National Park, Utah


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Rafting the Flathead River Your experienced, friendly guide will share the colorful heritage of our early settlers and the history of Glacier National Park and Flathead River on your scenic river float. This trip is a great opportunity for the whole family or group of friends to enjoy the river and the variety of scenic landscapes—it’s a favorite for all ages.

Zion Canyoneering Canyoneering is a multisport activity during which a group of people work together to hike, climb, swim, squeeze, rappel, support, laugh, cry, and listen, all in an amazing natural setting. Half-day trips will take place in dry canyons and full-day trips will be in wet canyons. Don’t worry about the location; your guides know some pretty amazing places.

Adventure Option:

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A True Cowboy Cookout Your cookout adventure begins with a one-and-a-half-hour horseback ride out to an outfitter’s camp. There, you’ll dismount your horses and enjoy a light appetizer as you gaze into the Glacier National Park’s west side skyline of mountain peaks. Meanwhile, your guides will prepare a traditional cowboy dinner of steaks over an open flame, corn on the cob, baked beans, green salad, roll— and s’mores for dessert. After dinner, you’ll hop on your ride back to the corral, just as the sun sets.

Zion Outback Safaris The Zion area contains some of Earth’s most spectacular scenery, yet the vast majority of its three million annual visitors will never experience Zion beyond a few feet of the pavement. Nature’s best-kept secrets are reserved for those who venture beyond the well-worn trail. We take the road less traveled to show you places that most visitors to southern Utah see only in photographs, including stunning panoramas and breathtaking overlooks that have remained untouched and unchanged for millions of years. 2019 | UNDER CANVAS | 29

Grand Canyon: Jeep Tour & Safari Venture off-road down historic stagecoach trails through the Kaibab Forest in search of elk, deer, and turkey en route to the canyon, where you will witness one of the world’s most magnificent vistas—sunset at the Grand Canyon. Your guide will take you to viewpoints along the canyon’s edge while describing geologic formations, inner canyon trails, and the Colorado River.

Adventure Option: Whitewater Rafting The National Outdoor Center has been synonymous with whitewater rafting and kayaking for generations. Its Pigeon River outpost nearby offers intermediate-level rafting on five miles of the Upper Pigeon Gorge through Class II-IV rapids such as Lost Guide and Accelerator, and scenic views into Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Adventure Option: Bike Hermit Road Thanks to restrictions on personal vehicles, Hermit Road meandering seven miles west from the park’s main village is a quiet alternative to the crowds found in the village and to the east. You’ll gently cruise downhill to Hermits Rest, on both paved and unpaved trail right on the canyon’s rim. Or hop on the main road and enjoy a car-free experience.

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Great Smoky Mountains: Horseback Ride Our vendor offers premier horseback riding and their 3.5-mile ride is an ideal way to explore the area. The ride takes you into the mountains and up to a ridgeline with unparalleled views of the national park and the surrounding region. The stables are open year-round, and located just a short drive from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

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Tucson: Cowboy Cookout Head down to Tanque Verde Ranch’s Cottonwood Grove for a down-home ranch barbecue experience. Fill your plate with grilled meats ranging from ribs to steaks, plus homemade cornbread, fresh fruit, and much more as you listen to live music and watch roping demonstrations by a real wrangler. Adventure Option: Fantasy Island Mountain Bike Park This purpose-built network of singletrack trails 20 minutes from Under Canvas features fun rides for beginners to intermediate riders on a relatively flat parcel of desert, studded with saguaro cacti, sagebrush, and other flora. The full ride covers more than 6.5 miles, but can be sliced into shorter rides, or longer 10-plus-mile desert tours if desired. Full-suspension bike rentals are available from Under Canvas.

Yosemite: Hike the Mist Trail When it’s scorching hot in the valley, cool everyone off with a hike on the Mist Trail, which follows the Merced River to the mists of Vernal Falls. The climb is steep, and everyone will get wet, so bring rain gear. If you want to get to the top of Vernal Falls, follow the 600 steps climbing up the canyon. From there, you’ll be rewarded with a view across the valley. Adventure Option: Be a Rock Star For more than 50 years, climbers from around the world have flocked to Yosemite to scale the sheer walls of El Capitan and Half Dome. You can join the pilgrimage with a beginner’s rock-climbing lesson from the experts at Yosemite Mountaineering School, the folks who’ve introduced generations of people to the sport. Classes are held daily, starting in the mornings.

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Choose from nine camps and counting, all situated in a stunning variety of settings. From red rock deserts to forested mountains, Under Canvas has destinations to suit your idea of getting back to nature.

Coram, Montana Open June 13 – September 15, 2019

Known as the “Crown of the Continent,” Glacier National Park in Montana sits at the top of the world, generating headwaters that flow to the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and Hudson’s

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Bay. It is a vast wilderness, covering more than 1,500 square miles and offering a grab bag of outdoor activities, including cycling, fly-fishing, and hiking along 700 miles of trails. Under Canvas’s Glacier

camp, located just seven miles from the park, puts you on the doorstep of your Rocky Mountain adventure. And when the day is through, you can return to a warm fire and cozy lodging under the stars.


Under Canvas Glacier


WHAT WE ♥ ABOUT GLACIER Our favorite local tours and go-to adventures:     

Kayaking & Canoeing Whitewater Rafting Horseback Riding Cowboy Cookout Llama Trekking

 Fly-Fishing  Stand-Up Paddleboarding  Guided Tours  Going-to-the-Sun Road

Call the activities department at 406-551-9093 to ask about our three- or four-day Glacier Adventure and Glacier Expedition packaged itineraries.


One night we stayed at Under Canvas Glacier. We had a tent with a king-size bed and plenty of room to spare. Overall a great way to get a night out under the stars without having to bring your own gear or worry about setup. — A N DY B . 2019 | UNDER CANVAS | 35


Perfection. Great amenities, beautiful surroundings, and loved our lodging. Just two girls, our canvas tent, and this breathtaking location. —J O WA N D A C .

Under Canvas Yellowstone 

Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the world’s first national park. Known for its geothermal features including hot springs,

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mudpots, and geysers, plus an abundance of beautiful mountain lakes, waterfalls, and grassy plains, Yellowstone National Park is a bucket-list item for outdoor

enthusiasts worldwide. The community of West Yellowstone is home to the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. Open 365 days a year, this is a can’t-miss


West Yellowstone, Montana Open May 23 – September 3, 2019


educational opportunity to see live grizzly bears, wolves, and birds of prey in a not-forprofit wildlife park setting. Ten minutes from Yellowstone’s west entrance, our camp boasts incredible views, a quiet, secluded location, an on-site restaurant, and a host of activities. Adventure starts right outside your tent.

WHAT WE ♥ ABOUT YELLOWSTONE Our favorite local tours and go-to adventures:    

Kayaking Whitewater Rafting Horseback Riding Helicopter Tours

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Zip Lining Guided Tours Old Faithful Geyser Fly-Fishing

Call the activities department at 406-551-9093 to ask about our three- or four-day Yellowstone Adventure and Yellowstone Expedition packaged itineraries.

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Under Canvas Zion 

Situated in southern Utah, Zion National Park offers 229 square miles of vibrant color, unbeatable adventure, and pure escape. Zion is located right in the middle of a geographical region called the grand staircase, that descends from Bryce Canyon to the Grand Canyon. You won’t want to miss these spectcular points of interest: The Narrows, Angels Landing,

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The Great White Throne, Emerald Pools Trail, and Kolob Canyons. Under Canvas Zion offers an extraordinary lodging experience as breathtaking as the park itself. The camp is located on 196 acres, just minutes away from incredible trails, off-thebeaten-path adventures, and spectacular views of the majestic red and white rocks that make Zion so famous around the world.


Virgin, Utah Open March 14 – December 1, 2019


WHAT WE ♥ ABOUT ZION Our favorite local tours and go-to adventures:            

Canyoneering Hiking Jeep Outback Safaris Helicopter Tours Horseback Riding Rock Climbing Biking Hot Air Ballooning Yoga Kayaking On-Site Massages UTV/ATV Guided Trips and Rentals

Call the activities department at 406-551-9093 to ask about our three- or four-day Zion Adventure and Zion Expedition packaged itineraries.


Under Canvas Moab Moab, Utah Open March 7 – October 27, 2019

Moab is the gateway to both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, two of the most appealing recreation destinations in the American Southwest. With year-round access to amazing red rock formations

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and long stretches of the Colorado River, this area hosts annual pilgrimages by mountain bikers, hikers, campers, and river runners from around the globe. Under Canvas Moab is located on 40 acres, seven miles north of Moab

with easy access to the entrances of both parks. The camp blends into its dramatic surroundings, offering views across the desert toward Arches National Park, where deep canyons and towering plateaus beckon visitors.



Wow! It was such a treat to wake up to the beautiful surrounding mountains. The sunset was stunning and the staff even made a fun bonfire with s’mores at the end of the night. — S A R A L .

WHAT WE ♥ ABOUT MOAB Our favorite local tours and go-to adventures:       

Whitewater Rafting Hummer Tours Hiking Hot Air Balloon Tours Rock Climbing Mountain Biking Scenic Flights

 Horseback Riding  Jet Boat Sunset Tour  Jet Boat Dinner & Night Show  Jeep Tours  Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Call the activities department at 406-551-9093 to ask about our three- or four-day Moab Adventure and Moab Expedition packaged itineraries.

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Under Canvas Mount Rushmore 

The Black Hills of South Dakota are a world unto themselves, harkening back to the days when settlers flocked to the area, seeking their fortune mining for gold. They are also home to the famous Mount Rushmore

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National Memorial, the immense granite carving depicting the faces of four great American presidents, symbolizing the ideals of freedom and democracy. Under Canvas Mount Rushmore offers a dramatic landscape with direct views

of the iconic monument. Our safari-inspired canvas tents and on-site restaurant provide guests with all the comforts of a luxury resort, but under the stars. You’ll remember this trip for a lifetime.


Keystone, South Dakota Open May 9 – September 29, 2019


WHAT WE ♥ ABOUT MOUNT RUSHMORE Our favorite local tours and go-to adventures:  Mount Rushmore National Memorial  Crazy Horse Memorial  Horseback Riding  Cave Tours  Boating/Paddling  Chuck Wagon Cookout  Gold Panning & Gold Mine Tours  Bison Safari Jeep Tour Call the activities department at 406-551-9093 to ask about our three- or fourday Rushmore Adventure and Rushmore Expedition packaged itineraries.

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Tucson, Arizona Open through April 21, 2019

The Tanque Verde Ranch, one of America’s old-time cattle and guest ranches, is the setting for your glamping adventure in the Rincon Mountains just east of Tucson. Here, you can enjoy family-friendly amenities

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and a host of exciting activities including horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, and hiking. This highly acclaimed dude ranch is located on 60,000 acres of magnifcent desert landscape, adjacent to the majestic

Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest. Through our guided hikes, you can explore the convergence of giant saguaro cacti with the higher-elevation forested wilderness of Southeastern Arizona.


Under Canvas Tucson


WHAT WE ♥ ABOUT TUCSON Our favorite local tours and go-to adventures:    

Jeep Safari Tours Cowboy Cookouts Horseback Riding Mountain Biking

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Artisan Classes Stargazing National Park Tours Fishing

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Under Canvas Grand Canyon 

The Grand Canyon, one of the world’s natural wonders, is famous for its scenic views and vistas that reveal millions of years of geological history. This is your opportunity to discover the diversity of

life and the extraordinary grandeur of Grand Canyon National Park. Located on 160 acres of piñon and juniper forest outside Valle, Arizona, Under Canvas Grand Canyon sits just 25 minutes

away from the south rim entrance to the national park. Spend a few days exploring the park or enjoy a variety of activities a short distance away from our luxury camp.


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Valle, Arizona Open April 25 – November 17, 2019


The accommodations were simply amazing! ... we had the deluxe with private bathroom, and nighttime fire pit as well as reception tent. The quality of the site, tents, furnishings ... all of it top shelf. —S.BARRIE

WHAT WE ♥ ABOUT GRAND CANYON Our favorite local tours and go-to adventures:  Off-Road Excursions  National Park Tours  Guided Hikes  Horseback Rides

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Mountain Biking Helicopter Tours Whitewater Rafting Stargazing Nature Walks

Call the activities department at 406-551-9093 to ask about our three- or four-day Grand Canyon Adventure and Grand Canyon Expedition packaged itineraries.

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Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains


There’s a good reason that Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America’s most visited park. It covers more than 500,000 acres and offers stunning waterfalls, wooded trails, and a rich bounty of wildflowers and wildlife. Fall might just be

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the best time to visit. Enjoy warm days and cool nights along with the spectacular display of autumn colors as the foliage begins to turn. Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains is a 182acre camp offering easy access to 800 square miles of Great Smoky Mountains

National Park, and it’s right on the outskirts of nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, where you’ll find theme parks and museums. It’s no wonder people from all over the world are drawn here to explore and enjoy this region time and again.


Gatlinburg, Tennessee Open April 4 – December 1, 2019


WHAT WE ♥ ABOUT GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS Our favorite local tours and go-to adventures:     

National Park Tours Guided Hiking Whitewater Rafting Helicopter Tours Ziplining

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Mountain Biking Horseback Riding Off-Road Excursions Fly-Fishing Historic Spots

Call the activities department at 406-551-9093 to ask about our three- or four-day Great Smoky Mountain Adventure and Expedition packaged itineraries.


We absolutely love it! This location is on beautiful property, and we were lucky to be there while the colors of fall were all around. A great getaway to collect our thoughts.” —SHANNON H. 2019 | UNDER CANVAS | 49



STAKES Under Canvas continues to open new camps among America’s most stunning landscapes.

Yosemite Valley, California On the horizon

California’s Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park are two of America’s most revered destinations. Here, dramatic waterfalls, ancient sequoias, and the looming peaks of El Capitan and Half Dome humble visitors with awe-inspiring beauty.

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Our newest Under Canvas camp will be located inside the park, with easy access to the Yosemite Valley and the jaw-dropping, 2,425foot Yosemite Falls. This area of central California boasts an abundance of wildlife, including black bears, mountain lions, red

foxes, and bighorn sheep, plus more than 260 species of birds. Visitors can enjoy rock climbing, biking, hiking, wildlife safaris, helicopter tours, horseback riding, ATV rides, gold panning, driving tours, water sports, and more.


Under Canvas Yosemite


Where will we pitch our tents next? WE’RE ALWAYS looking for new locations. When scouting our next destinations, we recall what matters to our guests: an unforgettable vacation destination, where memories will be made for decades. We have desert and mountain camps, and soon we hope to open camps near beaches, waterfalls, and lakes. In each setting, we seek out the intangibles: a perfect sunset, the sound of a stream, a natural gathering area for guests to relax by a fire. If you own a property, or want to suggest a new destination, please email info@ or call 888-496-1148.

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CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE Under Canvas has partnered with local experts and outfitters to put together curated adventures designed to stimulate, inspire, and inform—and make sure you get the most out of your glamping vacation. From fly-fishing in Glacier to a helicopter tour of Zion to whitewater rafting down the Colorado River in Moab, you’re sure to end up with memories that will last a lifetime.



Expedition Packages

Adventure Packages

Our 3-4 night adventures include breakfast, lunch, and dinner to fuel full days. Among the highlights:

These itineraries cover 2-3 nights at a lower price, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included. Highlights:

 C  anyoneering and a helicopter tour around Zion National Park.  Flying through the red rock country of Moab in a private plane.  Fly-fishing or stand-up paddleboarding near Yellowstone.  Explore Badlands National Park from our Mount Rushmore camp.  At Glacier, take part in a cowboy experience on horseback.  Enjoy a backcountry Jeep tour of the Grand Canyon region.  Zip line through the dense forest of the Great Smoky Mountains.  Go for a guided horseback ride into mountains rising above Tucson.  Hike through miles of high-alpine wildflowers in Yosemite.

 G  uided hike in Zion National Park and a Jeep tour of the surrounding landscape.  In Moab, tour the Colorado River by jet boat.  W  hitewater rafting on the Gallatin River near Yellowstone.  A  guided hike of Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Custer State Park.  E  njoy a day of rafting and horseback riding outside Glacier.  O  ur Jeep tour of Grand Canyon ends with sunset over the chasm.  E  xplore trails and mountain streams in the Great Smoky Mountains.  T  ry mountain biking through the desert from our camp in Tucson.  V  isit the giant—and ancient—sequoia trees of Yosemite.

$3,500-$7,800, based on number of guests and tents, time of stay, and tent type.

$1,900-$5,300, based on number of guests and tents, time of stay, and tent type.

7 Parks in 7 Days Customizable dates and itineraries

Leveraging the power and convenience of private aviation, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience seven spectacular national parks in just seven days. Don’t miss this expedition to Arches, Canyonlands, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Zion, and Bryce Canyon. The package includes seven nights in deluxe accommodations, air travel, transfers, and all meals and activities.

Kalispell Glacier

West Yellowstone

Yellowstone & Teton

Mount Rushmore Denver




Cedar City

Bryce & Zion

Arches & Canyonlands

Grand Canyon Flyover

*Sample itinerary


For details, or to book any adventure or retreat, please email or call 406-551-9093.

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EXTRAORDINARY Turn your gathering into an experience your guests will never forget.

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This page: A corporate event in Sonoma, California. Opposite page: Available activities and dining options.



Events take on new meaning when you build them from the ground up, literally. When you have a say in every detail, from the exact location, to the size of the accommodations, to the decorations, there’s a sense of achievement that reflects the character of the creator... you. Under Canvas Events provides forhire accommodations and event tents for weddings, parties, festivals, corporate events, film shoots, conferences, temporary housing, trade shows, and more. In addition, we have properties in Montana, Utah, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Arizona, plus partner properties in California, Georgia, Texas, New York, and Colorado. With our events staff and your imagination, we can meld your personal style with our custom-crafted, safari-inspired luxury tents and tipis to create glamorous outdoor accommodations and magnificent event spaces anywhere across North America.

Weddings We love weddings! In fact, we’ll build the entire wedding weekend complex from scratch. Need a spacious tent or two for the bride and her entourage to get ready? Or how about a handful of indoor/

outdoor lounges for cocktail hour, with multiple tents conjoined to accommodate the full reception dinner and dancing? We have it covered. Let our events team bring your wedding to life with a host of themed activities, customized lighting and décor, and a full complement of gourmet catering from start to finish. Your wedding day will be the envy of all who attend.

Corporate Events At a corporate event hosted by Under Canvas, you can expect the immediate camaraderie among fellow glampers to translate into more productive discussions and collaborations over the course of a mulitday retreat. Or add a sense of wonder to an existing event with a dinner, presentation, or lounge held in an Under Canvas tent. Choose from our existing camps in Montana, Utah, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Arizona. Under Canvas also has access to gorgeous properties in Maine, New York, Georgia, California, and Washington. Of course, we can build a pop-up camp for glamping just about any place you choose with private, comfortable accommodations for everyone. 2019 | UNDER CANVAS | 57


Group Retreats Looking to create a once-in-a-lifetime yoga retreat, family reunion, or club gathering? Take up residence in one of our established base camps, or customize your accommodations to fit one of our partner venues. We can even set up a glamping camp on your own property. Once the location is set, we can work with you to create a memorable itinerary for large or small groups.

Event Venues Here’s the beauty of the Under Canvas experience: We can create it almost anywhere and make it almost any size. Then, when the day is done, we fold up our tents and return the land to its natural state. For outdoor weddings, corporate events, group retreats, and more, we have a collection of established venues in some of the most beautiful settings on the planet. Under Canvas is always looking for spectacular new venues and camp locations to add to our collection. If you’re a landowner or venue owner and want to partner with Under Canvas, please contact us at 888-496-1148. Or, if you have your heart set on a location but don’t see it offered, please ask us if we can accommodate it. 58 | UNDER CANVAS | 2019


Flextime Introducing the Under Canvas TENt PASS, good for 10 nights in any Under Canvas tent, anywhere, anytime in 2019, and in any way you choose.


Our TENt PASS provides travelers with more opportunities to get #OutsideTogether. The pass gives adventurers the flexibility to spend 10 nights in one tent in one destination, take over 10 tents for one night for a large reunion or party, or any combination in between. TENt PASS provides unprecedented value, paying for itself in just six nights. Plus, pass holders enjoy even more value each night under the stars thanks to VIP amenities and complimentary upgrades. Get yours at

TENt PASS Extras  P  ass holders receive upgrades to the best available tent type automatically, including Stargazers and Suites.  C  omplimentary breakfast served at the following camps: Great Smoky Mountains, Mount Rushmore, Tucson, Yellowstone, and Zion.  C  offee service delivered to your tent at any camp serving morning coffee.

 A  ny combination of nights is permitted. Primary pass holder must be present.  C  ost of pass can be shared between families and groups, or purchased for business use.  V  alid for reservations throughout the entire 2019 season (no bookings in 2020 permitted).  O  ne complimentary cancellation, no questions asked.  A  ll TENt PASS bookings subject to availability.

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Collect Our Stamps, Stay for Free! Our Passport program rewards frequent glampers with a stay on us.

Similar to a standard passport that accompanies you around the world on your travels, the Under Canvas Passport serves as a copilot on your adventures to America’s iconic national parks. We filled it with fun facts and information about each of our Under Canvas

Fun facts and information about each location you explore

destinations, including must-see spots, adventure activities, and fascinating tidbits on local history, wildlife, and nature. Best of all, each overnight stay at Under Canvas earns you a badge confirming your visit in the form of a unique stamp for each camp. Collect

four stamps from four different camps* and your next camp experience** is on us! Contact the camp’s manager for your own Under Canvas Passport book— and badge—then start your quest to experience everything we have to offer nationwide.

Unique stamps for each Under Canvas destination

Under Canvas Passport accompanies you to America’s most iconic national parks *Any stay with Under Canvas from 2018 and on will be counted as one of the four unique camps in your passport journey around the nation. **Fifth complimentary camp is one or two complimentary nights based on the number of nights you’ve stayed with us at the initial four. For example: Four one-night stays would result in one complimentary night. Four stays of two or more nights per camp would result in two complimentary nights.

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Madeline Lu @lumadeline

Madeline Lu, world-traveling photographer and avid Instagrammer, has almost seen it all. The mom turned lifestyle blogger takes her family (and her nearly 370,000 Instagram followers) along for the ride as she explores some of the most beautiful destinations on Earth. Two summers ago, that included a visit to our Yellowstone camp and an official introduction to glamping.

so my husband kept the fire going all night to keep us warm—a small thing that added to our deeper connection with the environment. We stayed in a Stargazer tent where the bed sits under a skylight, so we made a point to wake up in the middle of the night to look at the stars. We even woke up the kids so they could see them. I also found that there

was an instant connection between us and our fellow guests thanks to the shared experience of glamping. You don’t always find this in hotels where everyone can disappear into their rooms.

What’s Next? Lu: I’ve got Under Canvas’s Zion and Mount Rushmore camps on my wish list!

Why glamping? Lu: I’d never tried it! We wanted to visit Yellowstone National Park, so I googled “glamping Yellowstone” and up came Under Canvas. My kids love camping, but I like a real bed and a private bathroom. Each of us got what we wanted. My husband got to do his “man-and-fire” thing, lighting and tending the wood-burning stove that heated up the tent.


What was special about your stay? Lu: From the deck in front of the tent we had an uninterrupted view of the mountains, and we could feel the crisp, clean air both inside and out. We were always aware of being outside—in a tent. It was cold that evening, 2019 | UNDER CANVAS | 61


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Under Canvas Magazine 2019  

Under Canvas, the fast growing adventure-hospitality and event company, offers luxurious glamping accommodations just minutes from America’s...

Under Canvas Magazine 2019  

Under Canvas, the fast growing adventure-hospitality and event company, offers luxurious glamping accommodations just minutes from America’s...