Glamping, otherwise known as glamorous camping, comes with the comfort of luxurious yurts, tents, cabins, RVs and campers, rather than pitching a tent in Wyoming’s wilderness and roughing the elements as they come, according to The Sheridan Press.
As long summer days become short, cold nights in fall and winter, many glamping hotspots in northern Wyoming and Montana close after a busy Labor Day weekend. They slumber through winter until summer comes again.
The end of the summer season doesn’t mean fewer interested tourists and travelers, however.
The Sheridan/Bighorn Mountains KOA sees a spike in end-of-season travelers, Stacy Packard said.
“Lots of people are waiting for the busy time to end,” Packard said.
Packard said the KOA has seen an increase in campers through the summer season and into the fall. The restraints of COVID-19 have encouraged people to travel, often across the U.S.
The KOA has a community fire pit, pool, horseshoe pit and store, but Packard said the KOA sees a lot of campers, especially during Born in a Barn in early September.
“I think glamping has picked up because people can make it their own, like the little campers. It’s a fun way to get away, it’s not necessarily expensive and they can keep to themselves but they can (also go) with their friends,” Packard said.
Campers have become one of the most popular modes of glamping Packard has seen. Packard said campers have been hard to buy and more expensive. She has talked to many passing-through travelers who have traveled across the U.S. to purchase a camper. People are willing to travel long-distance for them, Packard said.
As glamping becomes more popular and the demand for glamping spots to stay open through the fall and winter increases, accommodating that interest becomes a consideration for the KOA and Apsaalooke Glamping on the Crow Reservation in Montana.
Kathleen Carpenter, the owner of Apsaalooke Glamping, combines tradition with continental breakfast and luxurious teepees from April to October.