In the 80’s my geology friends and I used to call Kanab, Utah, the “Jewel of the Southwest.” Now I call Basecamp 37 the Jewel of Kanab. Desert Rainbows and sunsets extraordinaire!
Truly one of the most amazing places I’ve ever stayed and covered, this place has a magic that you must experience first hand.
I’m not sure if it’s the panoramic views, wildlife, desert rainbows and clouds, geological formation, or proximity to places I have loved for decades, that made me fall in love so quickly. Maybe it really doesn’t matter but one thing is for sure, and that is I will never forget the solitude, peacefulness, beauty, or sheer splendor of this gorgeous desert oasis.
The ride there was extraordinary and the drive out will always be etched in my mind, but it was the in between that has a special place in my heart and soul forever.
Luxurious linens, blankets, pillows, and decor make this a true glamping delight. As someone who has read many books on glamping and who has it down to a science in my own RV, and even when I venture out to tent camp on occasion, I appreciate the little things.
While I am down with living off the grid, I won’t lie that the solar powered creature comforts are always a nice plus.
A full kitchen and bathrooms are shared on property in the main house just a minute’s walk from most tent cabins. We cooked up dinner an enjoyed mingling with the other guests while we ate our fare al fresco on the patio while some of our fellow traveling companions enjoyed some beer or wine, a nap in the hammocks, a game of corn hole, and later a welcoming campfire where we shared adventure stories under a breathtaking expanse of stars and desert sky.
Hiking, cycling, horse back riding, rock climbing, and exploring nearby National Parks were just a few things that we and other travelers enjoyed chatting about, as there are endless outdoor activities all under an hour away. In fact, Base Camp 37 will even set you up with maps, books, and provisions for wherever adventure takes you.
I loved sitting on the deck of our glamping cabin to watch the ever changing desert landscapes. As the sunset drew closer, colors, shadows, and light danced across the desert floor illuminating the terrain with different portrait worthy shots that captivated the senses and beckoned for just one more glance or one more photo.
As you can see from the photos I took here, all within a 24-hour period, the changes in colors, sky, horizon, and weather created a constantly intriguing gift for the eyes and senses.
Cloud formations made way to rainbows which morphed into dazzling colors across the sky which eventually created a sunset and moon rise begging to be painted or captured.
Away from lights and city distractions, constellations later proved mesmerizing. And finally at bedtime, the soothing quietness of the serene desert at night provided the most restful night’s sleep I had experienced in months of not years.
The worst part of the stay was leaving as I hugged the owner goodbye, and was imagining my next visit before I had even left.
Glamping cannot be any better and I have stayed in many of the best known glamping locations in the world.
In fact, Base Camp 37 offers more for the body, mind, and soul than most five-star hotels. It’s an experience to be savored and appreciated and certainly one that must be repeated; I can only hope it’s soon.