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GARDEN CITY — A new, upcoming resort near Bear Lake aims to put glamour into camping. The business partners and owners of the site are modeling the idea after another glamping site in Montana.
"We're not trying to help people rough it," said Mike Knapp, part owner of Conestoga Ranch. "We're just trying to make camping really comfortable, and real easy."
The Conestoga Ranch will feature 10 covered wagon-style tents, and eight more full-size glamping tents. Neither style is intended to give people a full pioneer experience. Instead, each tent will have electricity and beds with linens provided. Some of the more luxurious options will include king-sized beds, full bathrooms and a mini-fridge.
"You can camp without all the inconveniences of camping, and that appeals to a lot of families," Knapp said.
The resort will also feature a restaurant, and employees will be on hand to make s'mores. Each tent will have walking trail access. When guests check-in, Knapp says they'll be greeted to a sort-of concierge, who will transport luggage to the tents via golf cart.
"I love to camp. The further away I can get, the better," Knapp said, pointing out that he likes to rough it from time to time. "But this will work very well for my family. I think it will be a lot easier to get my family here with me."
Conestoga Ranch is set to open July 1. Knapp says the tents are already 15 to 20 percent booked for the season. Prices start at $95 per night.