I really, really want to stay in a teepee during our road trip this summer. I know, that sounds random. But, seriously, how fun would that be? Unfortunately, that hasn’t worked out, at least not yet. Most teepees are better suited for a family of four, and those that do sleep five or six aren’t on our route.
However, sleeping in a teepee is still on my must-do list, so I’ll find a way to make it work one day. Meantime, I pulled together eight campgrounds, ranches and resorts that your kids will absolutely love if you too want to add a night or two in a teepee to your family vacation plans.
Ventura Ranch KOA (California)
An hour from Los Angeles, let the kids splash in the pool at Ventura Ranch KOA before settling in to one of several Sioux Indian-style teepees. The Grazing Deer Teepee has a queen bed, a twin bed and two sleeping mats. During the day, take a nature walk or race down a zipline at the campground.
Geronimo Creek Retreat (Texas)
In Texas Hill Country, you’ll find teepees with kitchenettes, flat screen televisions (with DirecTV), air conditioning and heat at Geronimo Creek Retreat. Each teepee has two queen beds and a pull-out couch, so they easily sleep six. Teepees overlook Geronimo Creek and are adjacent to a fishing pond.
Mesa Campground (Colorado)
In Gunnison, it’s a must to stay in a colorful teepee at Mesa Campground. Each teepee sleeps up to four people comfortably. As a bonus, rates are only $36/day, but there are just two teepees, so book early. You will need to make a short walk to the showers and restrooms.
Monument Valley Tipi Village (Utah)
Now this might be a little more rustic than I’d like, but you can sleep four on cots inside a teepee at Monument Valley Tipi Village. I’m pretty sure, however, that the views of Monument Valley when you open up the teepee in the morning outweigh the mild discomfort of sleeping on a cot. WOW.
Wigwam Village Inn (Kentucky)
Sleep in a teepee at Wigwam Village Inn in Cave City. Just minutes from Mammoth Cave National Park, which offers ranger-led cave tours and plenty of bike trails, kids will love spending the day exploring this popular national park, then coming back to their teepee home away from home.
Glacier Under Canvas (Montana)
Plan for glamping at Glacier Under Canvas, which offers safari tents, cabins, treehouses and teepees near Glacier National Park. The teepees sleep up to four on camp cots with mattress pads and sleeping bags. Once settled in, take a guided kayaking trip, try fly fishing or go hiking in the nearby national park.
Jellystone Park Larkspur (Colorado)
Pitch a tent, stay in a cottage with an en-suite bathroom or spend the night in a teepee at Jellystone Park Larkspur near Denver. The teepees sleep up to six, but you’ll need to bring your own sleeping bags. Spend the day digging for fossils and geocaching, and don’t forget to take a selfie with Yogi and BooBoo.
Grand Canyon Ranch Resort (Arizona)
Stay in an authentic Indian teepee at Grand Canyon Ranch Resort. Each teepee comes with a double bed. A rollaway bed can be added to larger teepees. The ranch is two hours from Las Vegas and near to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Enjoy campfires, wagon rides and western-style music in the evenings.
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