The secret is out. The Royal Gorge Region is one of Colorado’s premier camping destinations. With world-class outdoor recreation and campgrounds like Temple Canyon Park and The Bank near Shelf Road, people are flocking to play and stay in the Royal Gorge Region.

Still on the down-low, however, are camping options a step above your average campground. Echo Canyon River Expeditions in Cañon City not only offers raft adventures, a popular riverside restaurant, RV campsites, and primitive, secluded tent sites, it also offers luxurious camping known as “glamping.”

Glamping is defined as glamorous camping, a global trend that’s gained popularity among outdoor enthusiasts. With glamping, there’s no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll, and no trek to use the bathroom. It’s a way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury.

Echo Canyon River Expeditions has two glamping options. For those seeking a home away from home, its rustic cabins are a great choice. ‘Rustic’ should be used loosely as theses cabins boast a modern design with amenities like central air, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and outdoor fireplaces.

Visitors wanting a greater connection with the outdoors should check out Echo Canyon’s Glamping Tents. These fully equipped tents offer queen sized beds, sofa sleepers, electricity, Wi-Fi, and a furnished, private deck. Most importantly, Echo Canyon stocks each glamping tent with a bag of ice to keep beverages cool because it knows the first thing you’ll want to do is relax, put your feet up, and take in the Royal Gorge Region’s amazing scenery.