UPATED December 21, 2023–When searching for Grand Canyon glamping, you have a few choices. But I have my favorites.
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One of my favorite spots for Grand Canyon glamping is Village Camp Flagstaff, situated south of Grand Canyon National Park and near Flagstaff, just off I-40. This high-end outdoor resort offers glamping cabins, as well as deluxe RV spots, catering to those who are adventure-minded, nature enthusiasts and who lead an active lifestyle. I love its modern, contemporary vibe.
You might ask, “What makes Village Camp Flagstaff so special for Grand Canyon glamping?”
I can give you my first-hand account since I just returned from my Village Camp weekend escape. Check out my six reasons Village Camp is a favorite for making Grand Canyon glamping memories.
[You can reserve a glamping cabin on your favorite online booking website.]
1.) National Forest Access
My Adventure Cabin #137 had ideal access to the Coconino National Forest. We could walk right out the back of our lot and into the National Forest. See the majestic Ponderosa pine trees behind the cute tiny house in the image above?
The trees create shade and pine-scented breezes that you won’t find in Grand Canyon glamping areas at Valle, Arizona, with lower elevations with pinon-juniper environments.
Spanning 50 acres and enveloped by National Forest terrains, Village Camp Flagstaff offers a diverse array of trail options for various activities. Whether you’re into hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or motorized adventures like RVing, ATVs, and side-by-sides, there’s a trail for you.
Grand Canyon Glamping With Foot or ATV Access to the National Forest
Moreover, you have the convenience of driving to serene, non-motorized hiking spots like the Lava River Cave Trail directly from the camp. Alternatively, hop onto your off-highway vehicle (OHV) from your Village Camp RV spot or glamping cabin and head onto Forest Road 171 for a journey through the picturesque woodlands.
2.) Thoughtfully-Designed Grand Canyon Glamping Cabins
My husband Dan and I stayed in Mountain View Cabin #137, an authentic “glamourous camping” experience! Right in the woods, we had every amenity of a luxury resort room, plus more!
The pillow-topped mattress by Bamboo was very comfortable for a good night’s sleep. 100% cotton sheets were on the beds. No more sleeping on the ground in a tent!
What’s more, during my latest visit to Village Camp Flagstaff, I learned four more cabins were recently added!
Grand Canyon Glamping Kitchen Outfitted With Everything You Might Need
The aesthetically pleasing yet practical, fully furnished kitchen had a full-sized refrigerator with an ice maker, microwave and range. The cookware and utensils, including my favorite Henckels knives, were all top-rated brands.
No more backbreaking cooking over a campfire with unregulated heat!
There’s plenty of room for big family meals at this Grand Canyon glamping resort. We had a picnic table in the yard, a covered patio with outdoor furniture, a table and a gas grill at the main level entry, and an observation deck on top of the porch with a gas fireplace.
Or, if you want to give up cooking for the weekend, the bistro in the lodge is a short walk away!
Grand Canyon Glamping Bathroom
Now, ladies, I know one of the biggest reasons you avoid camping is the bathroom situation.
Well, I’m here to tell you that once you see the ensuite Grand Canyon glamping bathroom in the Mountain View Cabin, you’ll want to come back time and time again.
A real toilet! Walk-in shower with plenty of hot water! A sliding pocket door for space-saving privacy and a Decoraport® LED mirror with antifog and dimmer make this bathroom glamourous!
But wait! There’s more!
Did I forget to mention cable, high-speed internet, heating, air conditioning and sleeping for seven with the loft and pull-out sofa bed? They put a whole new meaning to the words, ‘love shack!’ There are also convenient onsite laundry facilities.
3.) Village Camp Lodge with Bistro and Store
The Village Camp lodge is really the beating heart of this outdoor Grand Canyon glamping resort.
A bar and bistro is an attractive gathering spot with local brews and an Italian coffee machine. Order breakfast sammies before you head out for your next adventure. Or stop back in for pizza afterward.
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors bring the outdoors in. If you can’t get enough of the San Fransico Peaks view from the indoor fireplace, just step outside to watch the majestic Arizona sunsets.
Outside the glass doors is the event lawn with yoga, cornhole and other specialized programming.
4.) Sense of Community for Grand Canyon Glamping
Village Camp Flagstaff’s mission is to create community by bringing people together at the bistro, on the event lawn or with music concerts at the amphitheater. Gathering places to meet like-minded mountain and Grand Canyon-loving individuals and families help build that sense of community.
Village Camp is a magnet for social interaction and community building, much like the friendly, outdoorsy vibe of the local Flagstaff scene. Whether you’re out walking your dog or hitting the trails, you’re likely to engage in conversations with fellow campers. People here are not just enjoying the great outdoors; they’re also welcoming, helpful, and keen on having a good time. The atmosphere fosters a sense of communal living, so you won’t feel isolated or cut off from others.
People love it here so much that they want their own cabin. And so cabin sales are available.
With people returning to their own place in the forest, you’ll see your neighbors and become part of the Village Camp Flagstaff community.
Learn more about cabin ownership in an article I wrote for Quad Cities Business News.
5.) Glamping Grand Canyonstyle: Resort-style Pool and Hot Tub
One of my favorite amenities at this Grand Canyon glamping community is the resort-style pool and hot tub. I can’t think of another place in Arizona where you can view the San Francisco Peaks while swimming or lying at the pool!
Ask the front desk for the luxurious pool towels for glamping grand Canyonstyle!
I’m excited to visit Village Camp Flagstaff next year with their safari tents in place. They’ll be close to the pool and the lodge so you can walk to all the amenities! Stay tuned, and I’ll let you know when that is unveiled!
6.) Village Camp Outfitters Help You Get the Most Out of Grand Canyon Glamping
The Village Camp Outfitter service offers personalized outdoor planning, catering to your specific needs and interests. So besides gas campfire areas, the adventure concierge makes sure you are action-packed throughout your stay.
Whether you’re new to outdoor adventures or an experienced kayaker or climber, the VC Outfitter will design a customized itinerary for you.
They can assist with booking reservations, arranging gear rentals, and fulfilling any other requirements you may have.
A ski/board shuttle to Arizona Snowbowl leaves right from Village Camp Flagstaff every day through the snow season!
Where is Village Camp Flagstaff?
Village Camp Flagstaff is 80 miles south of the Grand Canyon National Park South Entrance station. It’s perfectly positioned between historic downtown Flagstaff and Williams on I-40. Its convenient location is perfect for RVers who want to have their camp set up as a hub to all the sites in Northern Arizona.
On my Grand Canyon glamping getaway, I met several people who set up their RV at Village Camp Flagstaff and drove to Grand Canyon National Park for the day. It was fun to see their smiling faces when they returned!
Glamping in the Grand Canyon Q & A
The only glamping in the Grand Canyon National Park boundaries is at Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get reservations for the limited number of rustic cabins at Phantom Ranch.
You can stay at the bottom of the Grand Canyon if you procure camping permits from the park service or are fortunate enough to get reservations at Phantom Ranch.
On the North Rim, there are remote National Park campsites where you can camp if you get permits. You can camp in the Kaibab National Forest on some parts of the canyon rim. Check our guide to finding the best campground Grand Canyon for details.
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