The best places to stay in a tipi on your summer vacation

Camping accommodations come in a range. There are times when you don't want much more than a light and fast tarp, and then there are times when you … don't. Just because you're sleeping outside doesn't mean you can't have nice things.

Enter the tipi, which is gaining ground as a glamper's delight because it can be both rustic (you're still sleeping outside) and plush (doing so in a king-sized bed). Here are some options for tipis you can stay in, and stuff to check out around them if you do.

El Cosmico: Marfa, Texas

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In addition to tipis, the El Cosmico complex holds a music venue, vintage trailers and some of the nicest outdoor showers. It's like summer camp for hip adults.

Marfa is known as an arts outpost, but it's also one of the darkest places in the U.S. Check out a star party at the nearby McDonald Observatory, or try to see the mysterious, unexplainable Marfa lights.

Moab Under Canvas: Moab, Utah

Just north of Moab, Utah, the tipis and safari tents at Moab Under Canvas give you access to Arches and Canyonlands national parks. If you can get up and out of your tipi early, go ride the knot of mountain bike trails Moab is best known for. If you wake up closer to the heat of the day, float the Class III Moab Daily stretch of river.

Tatoosh Tipi: Packwood, Washington

Inside the tipi. Photo: Courtesy of Cowlitz River Cabins
The Tatoosh Tipi is set right along the Cowlitz River in Packwood, Washington, but if that's not enough water access for you, it has a private hot tub too. From Packwood, you can go straight to Paradise — or at least the Paradise Ranger Station. Head into Mount Rainier National Park to scramble around the Muir Snowfield. Stop by Mountain Goat Coffee Company on your way up for baked goods.

Blackfeet Culture Camp: Browning, Montana

The Blackfoot tipi village. Photo: Courtesy of Kerry-Clausen-Kilmury/Lodgepole Gallery and Tipi Village
As much of a cultural experience as it is a camping one, staying at the Blackfoot tipi camp, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, gives you a glimpse into the tribe’s history and gets you easy access to the east side of Glacier National Park and Glacier Park Lodge.

China Ranch: Death Valley, California

Classic Death Valley views. Photo: Pierre Saladin/ Unsplash
The tipis at China Ranch, located outside the old mining town of Tecopa, California, are in a cool canyon, but they're close to the record-breaking heat of Death Valley, where you can see wildflower blooms in the spring and the famous moving rocks any time of year. After, you can soak in the nearby Tecopa Hot Springs.

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