It’s time to get thinking on those summer plans! With long nights and hot days, a glamping trip is perfect for you and your friends, and what better place to go than the Lone Star State? Texas is full of wildlife parks to spend your days rushing to creeks to cool down and gazing at the stars in the evening at lush glamping sites. With so many places to choose from across the state, we’ve helped you out with our list of the best glamping spots in Texas.
1. El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas
The perfect whimsical getaway is waiting for you at El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas. Located in the High Plains Desert of western Texas, Marfa is known for its contradictions — high-class art in the desert alongside cowboys, in what was once Apache land. The mix of high-class modernity and traditional, historic Western culture is part of what makes Marfa a go-to destination in the West. El Cosmico lets you experience all of that on their campgrounds. Plus, with so many ways to glamp, the site is perfect. Choose from trailers, yurts, teepees, and safari tents for your stay. Trailers come equipped with a full bed or a queen bed, kitchen, bathroom, deck space, and air conditioning. Yurts offer queen-sized beds, sofas, and desks inside, while teepees come with queen-sized beds, daybeds, and sofas. The canvas safari tents come with a bed and desk. All have electrical outlets.
2. Geronimo Creek Retreat, Seguin, Texas
Located just miles from San Antonio, Geronimo Creek Retreat provides the perfect quick weekend getaway. The retreat area has everything — from tubing down the waters to jumping into the swimming holes, to the kayaking and paddle boarding in the Geronimo Creek to games of volleyball and corn hole on the campgrounds. When it comes time to lay your head, choose between the different cabins and tents. The getaway cabins are raised above the ground with two queen beds, a daybed, air conditioning, and a fully furnished porch. Treehouse cabins come fully ready with a kitchen, one king-sized bed, two queen beds in the loft, a twin bed, and private bathrooms. The teepees are filled with queen beds, couches, electrical outlets, and kitchenettes.
3. Texas Bell Tent Glamping, Spring Branch, Texas
The sleek bed-and-breakfast-style camping experience in eastern Texas is just under your nose in the greater San Antonio area. At 20 feet wide and 12 feet tall, the Bell Tent is just enough for you and your partner to enjoy a romantic weekend in Texas hill country. The tent comes fully equipped with a queen-size bed, an extra twin bed upon request, private bathroom with hot water, a private deck, and space for a maximum of four guests. The tent has heated blankets for the cool winters and air conditioning in the tent for the hot Texas summers. Spend your days on the swings, pick food from the organic farm, bring a picnic, or enjoy nights around the fire pits — perfect for s’mores on a hot summer night. A glamping experience here can be a full luxury experience. If you order in advance, you can schedule massages, facials, or reiki sessions during your stay.
4. Sinya on Lone Man Creek, Hays County, Texas
Another hill country spot, Sinya gives you the experience of a lifetime in an authentic South African safari tent overlooking Lone Man Creek. The tents are simple, yet luxurious, each with kitchenettes, king size beds with goose down pillows, sofas with feather cushions, and a claw-foot bathtub in your private bathroom. The campsite also has tons of outdoor space, from patios to decks to the hot tubs. Sit on the banks of the Lone Man Creek, see what you can catch fishing, kayak through the rushing waters, or go for a swim while it’s calm. There’s so much to do and see around Sinya. Plus with all the amenities at the site itself, you’re in for a real treat. Check out the fans, toasters, and ovens in the rooms, free WiFi, equipment for s’mores (including fire pit), and coffee to start your day.
5. Abilene State Park, Tuscola, Texas
Even Texas’ state parks have a multitude of glamping options available. The yurts at Abilene State Park are easily the best the parks have to offer. Small yurts have room for five guests and come equipped with bunk beds, double beds, pull-out sofas, air conditioning, picnic tables, outdoor grills, fire pits, electrical outlets, and kitchenettes. The bigger yurt on the site comes with all this plus a second set of bunk beds, an additional trundle bed (fitting a total of eight guests), and close proximity to the bathrooms. Whichever yurt you choose, you’ll still have all the nature of the park available at your fingertips. Located in northern-central Texas, Abilene State Park is great for the wildlife photographer at heart, the fisherman, swimmers, and anyone who wants to sit back and admire the nature all around.