5 Reasons Covered Wagon Glamping Is Perfect For Mature Travelers

Do you like camping? Do you like wide open spaces or do you prefer a luxury hotel? If it is too difficult to choose, you can simply combine them. A sense of adventure awaits the intrepid glamper these days.

My idea of ​​the perfect camping experience is for someone else to set up all the gear, cook, serve and clean up after meals, have a nice warm bed to retreat to and enjoy a nice bottle of wine or olive in my martini. If that sounds appealing, get into glamping for mature travelers.

Before I get into my very unique recent glamping experience, I’m going to answer a few questions.

Note: Although I was hosted for part of my glamping experience at Williams, all opinions are my own.

Have you ever been camping?

Purists say you have to rough it to get the full camping experience. While I do enjoy a roasted s’more over an open fire every once in a while (in fact, I like the candy bar inside), the idea of ​​lying on the floor in a sleeping bag does not please me. Does not like the installation of tents, mats or inflatable mattresses; I don’t own any camping gear per se. However, I want to be as close to the stars as possible. Hence, glamping.

What is glamping?

Glamping has been around for ages. A mix of “glamorous” and “camping”, luxury camping is a trend that has taken hold during the pandemic. Think African safaris with luxurious tents awaiting the return of explorers and workers to cater to every whim.

Comfort determines the level of glamping. How much comfort are you willing to do without on your outdoor adventure?

If you prefer luxury hotel and resort amenities while still wanting to enjoy the great outdoors, glamping might be the best mix of camping and luxury for you. A separate space, but the comforts of home with your outdoor dining is a great combination.

Where can I glamp?

During the pandemic, road trips have become even more appealing to travellers. RV ownership and camping are attracting more and more participants, and our national parks offer attractive destinations. With 63 national parks, 85 national monuments and 18 national recreation areas in the United States, the National Park Service is a great place to start your search.

You can find places to glamp around the world on GlampingHub, where you enter your destination and see what’s available. You’ll get some great destination ideas here at The journey awaits you, too much.

Now let’s move on to glamping… in a covered trailer.

Meteor shower at Joshua Tree National Park (kesterhu / Shutterstock.com)

Reason 1: This is why I glamp

When I’m solo camping (or, really, a watered-down version of glamping) at Joshua Tree National Park, I have a soft mattress and pillow to sleep on in the back of my SUV. A cooler full of healthy food, a gallon or two of water, and my camera gear for night photography come with me. I want to be close and accessible to the night sky and night photography for the Milky Way and create star trails. I want to feel the deep connection to nature that camping offers like no other experience.

In the fall of 2021, I decided to take things up a notch and discovered glamping in a covered wagon. I was ready to try something new and be challenged.

King bed in a glamping wagon
Photo credit: Julie Diebolt Price

Reason 2: A unique choice

Choose from canvas houses, deluxe treehouses, deluxe tents, yurts, tipis, pods, safari tents, domes, caboose, houseboats and many other types of accommodation. ‘accommodation. Some are dedicated glamping-only destinations, and others offer resorts within their larger resorts. Most allow pets.

Because I like to stay in unique lodgings, I recently opted for a covered wagon at the Williams / Exit 167 / Circle Pines KOA Holiday campsite in Williams, Arizona. Trailers and tepees are grouped together, but not far from cabins and toilets.

The Circle Pines KOA is a great place for multi-generational glamping trips. You can rent cabins, covered wagons, teepees, tent sites, walkways, small and large motorhomes. The whole family can be comfortable here, or single travelers like me.

The camping vibe is accessible to first-time campers or the inexperienced outdoor person when glamping at this KOA campground. Due to my lack of experience, I was comfortable with the accommodations.

The covered wagon contained a king-size bed and two sets of bunk beds. Sheets and blankets are provided, but don’t forget to bring your own towels.

Outdoor living is expected on the dining deck, in the Adirondack chairs, bench and around the BBQ. The open floor space at the foot of the bed held a small fridge on one side of the bunk beds and a fan, heater and power supply on the other. There was just enough space for me to set up my swing camping chair.

Mother Nature can be random. I arrived at my covered wagon just as a storm approached and was protected for two hours as thunder crashed and lightning burned above my head. It was exciting because I was comfortable and dry inside the wagon.

An air conditioner above the front door of the wagon would be welcome in the summer heat.

Pro tips

  • Select the wagon if you have the choice between a tipi or a covered wagon. It sits high off the ground, which you’ll appreciate if it’s raining. Water makes its way inside the bottom of a tipi.
  • You will still need insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses for the summer months.
Grand Canyon Railroad Engine
Grand Canyon Railway engine (Photo credit: Julie Diebolt Price)

Reason 3: Proximity to attractions

Local adventures include horseback riding, hiking, biking and mountain bike rentals. the Deer Farm Children’s Zoo is just down the road and is a memorable experience for adults and children alike.

After an entertaining cowboy show with western bandits and musicians, board the historic Grand Canyon Railroad to Williams to visit the impressive Grand Canyon. The ever-changing view from your window from the restored carriages is spellbinding.

Admission to Bearizona, an Arizona wildlife experience
Photo credit: Julie Diebolt Price

Bearizona is another attraction near this glamping destination. The driving and walking wildlife experiences are unique and educational.

Williams is also close to Flagstaff for fine dining and entertainment, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, and other interesting towns along old Route 66.

Pro tips

  • Trains pass through Williams frequently, day and night. Be ready for the train horn all night long.
  • Covered wagons and tepees are not insulated. Bring warm clothes for layering.
  • The outdoor dining area is unusable in bad weather. Bring a folding chair to set up inside the wagon.

Reason 4: Amenities

My first experience of glamping in a trailer made me aware of the essential arrangements for a future glamping.

The weather is an important consideration. The time of year has a big impact on your comfort. Late September would be a great time to gamble at sea level. However, if you’re at 7,000 feet, it’s colder than expected.

Keep in mind that a boxcar is not insulated. It is simply canvas stretched over rods. While it was waterproof, it was cold and overnight temperatures were in the 40s. As I sat inside the covered wagon for two hours, waiting for the storm to calm down, I was very grateful that be dry.

Think about where you will sit in your accommodation. Is the bed the only option? I always bring my little camping swing, suitable for watching the sky and the stars. There was just enough space inside on the floor to install it near the small heater.

Are there end tables or other surfaces to place your stuff on? In the covered wagon, bedside shelves built into the side of the wagon are handy for glasses, reading material and the alarm clock.

Stairs, both outside and inside, are part of covered trailer glamping. It was nice to be five steps off the ground. However, anyone without the ability to climb stairs would have a hard time staying in a covered wagon.

The outdoor area had dedicated Adirondack chairs, a BBQ, and a large deck with a dining table and chairs. The seats are comfortably spaced between the other wagons, making it easy to enjoy the outdoors.

My covered cart was near the well-maintained bathroom and showers. The facilities were well lit, clean, warm and respectful of guest privacy.

Depending on your level of glamping, there may not be room service. In this case, be sure to bring your essentials for more comfort. For me, that would include coffee or tea for the morning and a healthy selection of adult beverages.

Pro tips

  • The office where you check in and out is located in the General Store and is easy to find. They provide a guide in a golf cart to drive you to your assigned space and answer questions on the spot. Security personnel are on duty day and night and monitor the premises.
  • If you don’t bring your caffeine for your morning wake up call, you have to go to town. There is a great drive-in Brewed Awakenings Coffee Co. in downtown Williams. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Reason 5: On-site activities

Some of the free camp activities at the Circle Pines KOA in Williams include Wi-Fi, go-karts, an indoor pool, hot tubs, bike rentals, miniature golf, a game room, two playgrounds, and a gift shop with groceries and RV supplies. , a laundry room and a play area for pets.

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