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Open Season: Camp in Style at This Luxe Arizona Glamping Destination

Backland is back! Freshly reopened for the season, this family-owned luxury “eco-resort” is bringing camping with a king bed to Williams, AZ. Nestled on 160 acres of the Kaibab National Forest, the glamping destination is a luxe hybrid of five-star resort comforts paired with camping staples like unobstructed pine tree forest views, wildlife spotting, birdwatching, s’mores by the fire and crystal-clear stargazing.

Getting There

Although the rocky red dirt roads leading up to Backland territory can pose a bit of a challenge, a guided audio tour is available to help campers navigate to their tent. Once on property grounds, campers will experience other high-tech advantages the digs have over traditional camping, which include contactless check-in, wifi (only available in the reception tent/lounge) and a charging station for electric vehicle owners.

The Tents

Backland’s camping grounds include 10 upscale tents located at minimum 75-feet away from each other for maximum privacy. Each tent is stylishly outfitted and amenity-filled, featuring large glass windows, a king bed, private outdoor patio, indoor sitting area, running water, electricity, full en-suite bathroom, coffee maker, mini fridge, housekeeping and temperature-controlled AC and heating.

The two premier tents—the Sky Suite and Grand Sky Suite—are also available to book and feature a 16-foot SkyView window over the bed where guests can (literally) sleep under the stars.

Onsite Amenities

Located within walking distance from the tents is the reception desk and lounge, where guests can get help with anything they need, grab one of many board game options, catch up on emails, and borrow binoculars for bird watching or a high-power telescope to stargaze with.

Other onsite areas of note include a modern, glass-walled fine-dining restaurant, spa tents (coming soon), outdoor fire pit, mini beach complete with an outdoor sand volleyball court, a pond that’s large enough to kayak in, a sprawling meadow, quaint chicken coop and hiking trails galore.

More to Explore

For those who want to venture out, Backland happens to be a relatively short drive to one of the few natural wonders of the world—Grand Canyon National Park. We recommend taking a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway throughout the park or getting a bird’s-eye view with a helicopter tour.

Dozens of other daytime excursions are also within driving distance, including Sedona, Flagstaff, Bearizona and—most conveniently located out of the bunch—the stunning Sycamore Falls, which is a mere five-minute drive from camp.

How to Book

Visit (starting around $400/night).


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