Yonder Escalante embodies the adventurous glamping spirit without sacrificing little luxuries. The 20-acre property is nestled in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument near Bryce Canyon National Park, making Yonder a great homebase for avid hikers and the less outdoorsy alike. “Yonder serves as the perfect home base for some of Southern Utah’s most iconic hikes,” says Linz DeSeno, the resort’s general manager. “Just a short drive from property live Calf Creek Falls, Devil’s Garden, Peek-a-boo and Spooky Gulch–and Bryce Canyon National Park.” The atmosphere of Yonder scratches the itch for nostalgic summer camp days while still feeling like you’re wrapped in the comfort of vacation.
The property is dotted with a mixture of accommodations ranging from intimate cabins to refurbished airstreams. The cabins are fit with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the picturesque mountain landscape, giving guests the majestic views of camping without sacrificing comfort. The bathhouses are a relaxing treat with outdoor showers that feature a zen garden and heater, should the weather be chilly. Dyson hair tools and plush towels round out the experience.
In the evenings, Yonder has a drive-in movie theater with vintage cars as your seats and a retired Airstream that serves as the concessions stand. Dining is classic camp with an elevated twist. Yonder’s chef-curated meal kits provide a fun way to embrace the camp element while cooking a meal over an open fire.
DuJour spoke with Linz DeSeno, the resort’s general manager, to learn more.
What’s the most requested room at the property?
It’s a personal preference: some guests are set on an airstream and others a cabin.
What makes it so special?
The thoughtfulness that has gone into them. From the extremely comfortable beds and linens to the cultural design details, each accommodation is brimming with local charm, custom-designed and curated vintage furnishings and character-driven nuances. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls in the front and back of the cabins usher in the breathtaking mountain views, so you feel fully immersed in nature.
What is the nightly rate for this room?
Rates start from $259 (inclusive of breakfast)
What’s an interesting tidbit about the hotel that speaks to its status as an icon?
Though Escalante is known for its stunning views and iconic hiking, many do not know that Yonder Escalante sits within one of the country’s largest national monuments, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
What’s your personal favorite room and why?
My personal favorite rooms are Cabin 31 and Airstream 15. The sunsets are mind-blowing.
What special perk or amenity do you offer that no one knows about?
Every cabin and Airstream comes with complimentary fire starters, matches and a bundle of firewood. Our team will even come build your fire.
What’s your favorite design element on property?
Our open-air clubhouse style Lodge at the heart of the property and our spa-quality bathhouses, especially the outdoor heated showers. The color and texture selections really make the perfect backdrop for appreciating the minimalistic charm that the desert has to offer.
How about one more fun fact about the property?
The hotel General Store and lobby used to be a carport and all the classic cars in our drive-in movie theater have been on the property for years. Many people think we curated it and brought it in as a unique amenity but, in fact, it is an authentic piece of the property’s history.