Fun Backyard Glamping Ideas for the Family

In beautiful Colorado, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and many of us have the insatiable urge to get out into the wilderness. But in these uncertain times, many families are looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors without leaving their homes. 


For families with a backyard, now’s the time for a little creativity. One idea that we love is bringing glamping to your backyard. From making s’mores around a campfire to being woken up by the birds chirping, you and your family can enjoy many of the benefits of glamping without leaving your home. 

How to Make the Most from a Backyard Campout

Glamping = glamorous camping. When you think of ways to make your backyard fun and comfy, you and your family can create fun memories. Plus, it’s a great way to unwind. 

Here are some fun ideas and activities to turn your backyard into a getaway great for adults and kids alike. 

1. Get a Fire Pit

Nothing says camping like sitting around a campfire, telling stories and roasting delicious goodies. The soothing warmth, glowing embers, and crackling sounds get our senses going, truly making it feel like an outdoor experience. 

There are lots of inexpensive fire pits that you can buy online or at your local store. When you choose the best one, consider what you’d like to do with it. If you want to make food over the fire, try to find one that makes it simple. This might include a pit that has a rack for grilling, or simply one that’s wide enough for the whole family to roast marshmallows on sticks. 

2. Arrange Fun Sleeping Setups

When you go camping in the Colorado wilderness, you have to be prepared for rain or shine. But in the comfort of your own home, you have a bit more flexibility. If you can wait until there’s going to be nice weather, arrange a way to sleep under the stars. 

You might lay sleeping bags on your deck with sleeping pads or yoga mats underneath for added cushion. Portable hammocks could be set up on trees in your backyard. Or you can use a tent with a mesh top without the rain fly, facilitating protection from bugs while still taking in the twinkling starlight. 

3. Make It Glamorous

To really take camping in your backyard to the next level, take steps to make it glamorous. When doing so, think about comfort and beauty. 

You want to be comfortable when hanging out and sleeping; otherwise, you might be tempted to head back indoors! Use things like cushions or portable mattresses underneath sleeping bags, set up chairs for the whole family around the campfire, and string up some hammocks for the ultimate in outdoor leisure. 

And when it comes to beauty, nothing changes the mood like some good ambiance. String lights are one of our favorite ways to make a backyard feel modern, fun, and luxurious. 

4. Have Fun

Glamping is about having such a good time that you don’t have the desire to be indoors. What this means to you and your family may be different from others. For instance, couples with young kiddos will have different games setup than those with teens. 

Some fun ideas include:

  • Board games
  • Horseshoes
  • Cornhole
  • Scary campfire stories
  • Drum/music circle
  • Campfire songs
  • Frisbee

Closing Thoughts

Here at Royal Gorge Cabins, we are glamping enthusiasts. Our luxury glamping tents provide the perfect setting and location from which to explore the Royal Gorge region. We have games, fire pits, and more so families and couples can get out into nature while staying warm, comfy, and having a great time. 

Once you’re able to do so, we invite you to make your way here and enjoy the best that Colorado has to offer. But until that time, there’s no reason not to make the most out of the beauty found across our state. And who knows? Maybe backyard glamping will become a tradition for your family on weekends when you can’t make it out into the pristine Colorado wilderness. 

Ben Sack

Ben Sack

Ben Sack is the General Manager of Echo Canyon River Expeditions and Royal Gorge Cabins. He's also a raft guide, photographer, and he loves exploring Colorado and beyond with his wife and two boys.

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