A Guide to Choosing an Eco Resort in the U.S. Southwest

When it comes to eco-conscious travel and immersing yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Southwest U.S.A., there’s a gem of an option that stands out—Under Canvas. With our mindful approach to sustainability, stunning locations, and upscale amenities, Under Canvas is the perfect choice for nature enthusiasts looking to connect with the great outdoors without sacrificing the comforts of home. Let’s explore what sets our locations apart, focusing on the American Southwest: Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Lake Powell.

What is an ‘Eco Resort’?

An eco-resort isn’t just a place to stay; it’s where nature and comfort meet. These environmentally sustainable accommodations actively minimize their environmental impact while providing travelers comfortable lodging. Under Canvas exemplifies this eco-conscious philosophy. Here, guests can rest easy knowing their travels embrace luxury and eco-friendliness at all our camp locations.

Our Under Canvas ‘Mindful Approach’

At Under Canvas, our philosophy is simple: connecting with nature enhances our well-being and happiness while promoting a sustainable future where everyone can enjoy the beauty of national parks and open spaces. We put our beliefs into action through our holistic approach to sustainability:

Thoughtful Innovation: We employ low-impact development and operational practices to minimize our environmental impact, ensuring your stay harmonizes with nature.
Resource Conservation: From water and energy-saving measures to towel-reuse programs, we take conscious steps to reduce our water and energy consumption, using significantly less than traditional hotels.
International Dark Sky Principles: We follow guidance from the International Dark-Sky Association, reducing light pollution with responsible outdoor lighting to protect the night sky’s brilliance.
Land Conservation: Our camp designs prioritize minimal disturbance and maximum open space, allowing you to immerse yourself in the unspoiled beauty of the surroundings.
Leave No Trace Principles: We practice and educate our guests about the 7 Leave No Trace Principles, a national educational program aimed at equipping visitors with the knowledge to minimize environmental impact during outdoor activities.
Giving Back to Nature: Through our partnership with The Nature Conservancy, we support preserving and protecting the natural world, ensuring it thrives for future generations.

This “Mindful Approach” is a commitment and a promise to make your Under Canvas experience luxurious, unforgettable, and eco-friendly. Your stay will connect you with extraordinary places and deepen your appreciation for our precious planet.

Choosing Your U.S. Southwest Destination

The American Southwest is a realm of unparalleled beauty begging to be explored. The landscapes here are a nature enthusiast’s dream—vast, colorful deserts, towering red rock formations, and sweeping canyons. When deciding where to visit in the Southwest, it’s essential to consider the experience you wish to have, and our Under Canvas locations in Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Lake Powell provide an enticing range of choices to explore.

There’s nothing like road-tripping out West. If you have one to two weeks to spend on the road, you can easily check off multiple national parks and locations near Utah and Arizona. The Grand Circle Road Trip is a legendary route that takes you through six national parks, including Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches, and Grand Canyon.

Under Canvas Zion

Zion National Park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts with its unmatched hiking trails like The Narrows, where you can hike through the Virgin River and Angel’s Landing. This challenging but rewarding trail takes you to one of the park’s most iconic viewpoints. Just 30 minutes from Springdale, Under Canvas Zion is a one-of-a-kind glamping resort surrounded by sandstone cliffs and majestic red rocks, a visual trademark of the Southwest. Here, you’ll sleep under the stars in fully furnished tents featuring cozy beds and ensuite bathrooms, all while enjoying upscale amenities.

Under Canvas Grand Canyon

Being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon needs no introduction. The South Rim Trail allows you to immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring vistas and unique geology of the Grand Canyon along a paved path. The Grand Canyon Village offers a glimpse into history and culture. Hike to the bottom of the canyon or fly over it in a helicopter for an exciting adventure and a new perspective. After your explorations, return to the comfort and convenience of Under Canvas Grand Canyon. Set within 160 acres of pinon and juniper forest, our camp is just a 25-minute drive from the South Rim entrance to Grand Canyon National Park.

Under Canvas Bryce Canyon

Wander through crimson-colored hoodoos, embark on the scenic drive to take in the breathtaking overlooks, and hike the scenic Queen’s Garden trail to experience some of the best of Bryce National Park. Situated just 15 minutes from the entrance, Under Canvas Bryce Canyon offers more than just proximity. Nestled within 700 acres of high-alpine juniper forest, it provides the perfect setting to immerse yourself in the area’s famed hoodoos. The average temperatures, hovering in the 70s and 80s, ensure a pleasant environment to unwind after a day of adventures beneath stunning night skies.

Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase

With its crystal-clear waters, Lake Powell is a haven for water-based adventures. Chase sunsets at Horseshoe Bend, with its iconic horseshoe-shaped cliff, and explore nearby Antelope Canyon, known for its picturesque light beams. Explore Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for countless opportunities for hiking and walking in the footsteps of dinosaurs. With its proximity to Lone Rock Beach and the main Lake Powell Marina, Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase is the perfect base for the adventure of a lifetime. It’s an eco-resort unlike any other as the world’s first “DarkSky-Certified Resort” for the pristine quality of the night skies.

Each Under Canvas location offers a unique experience that combines the beauty of the natural surroundings with a commitment to sustainability and luxury. So, plan your trip, explore the stunning national parks, and create unforgettable memories at your chosen location with the comforts and style of a glamping resort.

Elevate Your Getaway with Unparalleled Amenities

At Under Canvas, your outdoor adventure transforms into an unforgettable journey with an array of complimentary camp programming. Whether you’re stargazing through telescopes, exploring the wild on guided nature hikes, crafting flower bouquets, reveling in acoustic live music, or finding inner peace during guided yoga classes, each camp beckons you to embrace the natural world with activities tailored to its unique surroundings.

Savor a culinary journey with our fresh, locally sourced cuisine, served al fresco under open desert skies. As the day winds down, indulge in the timeless tradition of nightly complimentary s’mores before resting in your upscale, safari-inspired canvas tent. You’ll feel right at home with en suite bathrooms featuring hot showers, king-size beds adorned with West Elm furnishings, and wood-burning stoves to keep you cozy.

Our offerings combine to create a unique outdoor experience that proves you don’t have to sacrifice comfort while reminding us to care for our planet and embrace eco-consciousness.


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