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10 of the Most Incredible Idaho Glamping Locations

by Arthur McMahon
Updated May 16, 2021

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Glamp like a champ at one of Idaho’s many premier glamping locations.

Yep, you hear that right. Idaho is a bit of a dark horse when it comes to vacation planning for most individuals, particularly those looking to glamp. But in fact, the Gem State is a multi-faceted vacation destination you should consider, especially if you’re looking to avoid crowds.

Idaho is especially wonderful for those who desire being one with Mother Nature or indulging their blossoming wanderlust. There are awesome glamping locations in Idaho near some of the nation’s most treasured national parks as well as some of the state’s undiscovered gems. Below, you’ll find 10 of the best glamping spots across Idaho for your upcoming (or eventual!) getaway.

Related: 9 Fun and Scenic Idaho Lake Camping Destinations

1. The ARC

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Why you should stay: Experience a unique solar-powered tiny home in a wonderful location.

  • Nearest town: Sagle
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 night
  • Rates from: $199/night

The ARC is a well-appointed, finely decorated, and uniquely designed tiny home set beside the gently lapping shoreline of Lake Pend Orielle. The fun characteristics of this home will pique your interest throughout your stay, and it has both a Smart TV and high-speed Wi-Fi to boot!

There are plenty of reason to get outside, too. The ARC is adjacent to a playground, basketball court, and horseshoe track. There’s also a small beach with a fire pit at the lakeshore, as well as a dock with kayaks and canoes for guests to use. This place is perfect for a small family getaway, especially if you plan to ski at Schweitzer Mountain, which is just 15 minutes down the road.

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2. Riverfront Gypsy Wagon

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Why you should stay: An unconventional but charming b&b on the Salmon River.

  • Nearest town: Salmon
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $121/night

Designed to look like a turn-of-the-century horse-drawn wagon, the Riverfront Gypsy Wagon certainly has a style all its own. The accommodations are cozy and comfortable, and the scenery is picturesque. The grounds are perfect for a nature walk or a relaxing afternoon beside the flowing water. Oh, and the farm has extremely friendly mini-donkeys.

This is a lovely respite away from the confines of urbanity. Couples and solo adventurers are sure to enjoy the thematic stylings of the lodging as much as the soul-quenching views right outside its door. It’s one of the best glamping locations in Idaho for longer stays since you get a discount if you stay for a week or longer.

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3. Crystal Peak Lookout

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Why you should stay: Epic views and acres of private land to explore.

  • Nearest town: Fernwood
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $200/night

Adventurous folks will are in for a treat because a stay at Crystal Peak Lookout is sure to be an unforgettable experience. This remote fire lookout tower is now a quaint, rustic penthouse that stands above all else in sight – meaning stellar views in all directions.

There’s a fireplace inside to keep you warm at night, and a fire-fueled sauna at the tower’s base. Acres of hilltop forest and fields are yours to explore. Huckleberries and mountain blackberries await for your picking enjoyment in the summer, but be prepared to bring your snowshoes for a winter stay.

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4. North Idaho Yurt

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Why you should stay: A secluded escape to an outdoor paradise not far from town.

  • Nearest town: Sandpoint
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $115/night

Situated on a forested swath of private property lovingly dubbed “Elysium Woods,” this North Idaho Yurt sets the stage for tranquility in nature – and serves as a great basecamp for those interested in outdoor exploration.

The endearing yurt is inviting beyond measure, but this Idaho glamping retreat is truly all about time spent in the great outdoors. The 23-acre woodland property is yours to explore. Venture up and down the babbling Rapid Lightning Creek or take your adventures further to the heights of nearby Schweitzer Mountain. Weekly rates are available if you’re planning on a longer getaway.

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5. Moose Creek Ranch Airstream

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Why you should stay: Luxury Airstream a short drive from multiple national parks.

  • Nearest town: Victor
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $182/night

Enchanting and affordable are the hallmarks of the Moose Creek Ranch Airstream. This decked-out Aistream is more than a parked trailer: it’s a thoughtfully designed basecamp for your Yellowstone and Grand Teton expeditions. It’s definitely one of the best glamping locations in Idaho if park hopping is on your to-do list.

In close proximity to both of these national park as well as the outdoorsy town of Jackson Hole and multiple ski resorts, you’ll never run out of fun outdoor things to do during your stay here. It’s a great rural escape for couples, small families, and groups of friends, and there’s even a tent available in the summer.

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6. Yellowstone River Cabin

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Why you should stay: Get the full Yellowstone experience at this rustic cabin near the park entrance.

  • Nearest town: Island Park
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $200/night

Situated in the northwest corner of Idaho, this Yellowstone River Cabin sits about as close as any glamping in Idaho can be to Yellowstone National Park’s west entrance. It’s about a 20-minute drive to West Yellowstone, and Henrys Lake State Park lies even closer. There’s even a second cabin you can rent on the same property if you have a larger group.

The cedar log cabin comes equipped with a full kitchen and all the essentials you need for a comfortable stay. There’s an on-site hot tub that waiting for you after a long day of wandering the national park. If you want a simple and efficient stay that’ll set you up well for a Yellowstone vacation, there are few better.

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7. Pend Oreille Treehouse

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Why you should stay: A magical treehouse on manicured grounds beside a sparkling lake.

  • Nearest town: Sandpoint
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $220/night

Outside the small town of Dover, near the happening hub of Sandpoint, the Pend Oreille Treehouse rises above the waters of its namesake lake. There are three stories to the structure, each one with a better view of the large, shimmering lake than the last.

It’s a truly remarkable structure with handcrafted designs throughout the home. Everything about the treehouse was artfully crafted, giving the interior a fantastical feel. It’s like something out of a storybook. You’ll no doubt leave this place with memories and stories to share.

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8. Sly Owl Ranch Yurt

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Why you should stay: Disconnect for a spell at this off-grid mountainside yurt.

  • Nearest town: Garden Valley
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $104/night

If firewood, propane, and bottled drinking water sounds like your idea of a good time, you’ll have a ball at Sly Owl Ranch Yurt. This glamping location is on a small, remote family ranch where no cellular or Wi-Fi signal can reach. You’ll be roughing it in the best way possible.

The yurt is tucked in the wooded hills above the south fork of the Payette River. You’ll be surrounded by forested wilderness in all directions with opportunities galore to explore and play. There are nearby hot springs, hiking and biking trails throughout the adjacent NFS and BLM lands, and a host of skiing and snowshoeing areas within a short drive. It’s one of the best glamping locations in Idaho if you adventure with your dog since the pet fee is just $10.

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9. River Dance Lodge

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Why you should stay: A robust outdoor adventure resort with excellent glamping accommodations.

  • Nearest town: Kooskia
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $110/night

If you want to glamp in style and complete comfort, look no further than River Dance Lodge. The massive canvas glamping tents are furnished with plush king-sized beds, antique clawfoot bathtubs, and dual decks. And you’ll have access to communal resources such as fire rings and showers. There are also other lodging options on site like cabins and campsites in case you have some people who want to camp/glamp and some people who prefer a higher-end stay.

But that isn’t the end of the story. There’s a long list of guided activities you can participate in from whitewater river rafting to fly fishing, with various adventure packages available as part of your booking. There’s a cafe on location for whenever you’re in need of a quick bite, and many of the guided activities include lunch as well.

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10. Miracle & Banbury Hot Springs

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Why you should stay: Exquisite glamping domes at a hot spring resort. Does life get any better?

  • Nearest town: Buhl
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $120/night

Miracle & Banbury Hot Springs offers both queen- and king-sized glamping domes with electricity, heat, air conditioning, and kitchenettes. The contemporary styling is like something out of a science fiction movie, but the comfortable furnishings will have you feeling right at home. King domes can sleep up to six people, but there’s a fee for extra guests and they’ll need to bring their own bedding.

While the domes are quite unique, it’s the hot springs that’ll attract most guests. You can choose from numerous public and private pools, each one fed by a geothermal spring. There also on-site massages, kayaking, and more activities to partake in. What are you waiting for?

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