For generations, Utah’s Bear Lake has been called the Caribbean of the Rockies, due to the deep turquoise color of the lake, its purity, straddling the Utah/Idaho border. And near Bear Lake it Utah’s first Glamping Resort, Conestoga Ranch. The resort is about midway between Salt Lake City, Utah; and Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. It is about 45 minutes north of Logan, Utah. And about 47 minutes west of the Wyoming border.
Conestoga Ranch is a unique idea within a unique area, as the idea of glamping, glamor camping, is a fascinating idea, but Conestoga Ranch takes it to a different level. Lodging offerings include Grand Tents with en-suite bathrooms, traditional tents and authentically designed Conestoga wagons.
Last year, our family traveled to Conestoga Ranch, not only for a family reunion, and to jet-ski and boat around the lake, but also to witness the Solar Eclipse. There were seven people in the family and experiencing Conestoga Ranch Bear Lake was a joy for everyone – and the age range was 75 down to age 6.
The children, ages six and eight, could barely believe they could sleep in a Conestoga Wagon, do water sports in such a large, deep blue lake, and watch the eclipse with their Mom and Dad, Grandmother, and their beloved Aunt and Uncle. My cousin, who flew his private plane into the Logan airport from his winery in central California, loved Conestoga Ranch, as he said it defined, to him, the meaning of unpretentious luxury.
This was an apt description, not only in terms of lodging but in terms of food also. The Campfire Grill, located on the campsite, serves breakfast and dinner, and prepare customized picnic baskets for daytime outings. The dinner menu includes gourmet items, plus grilled steaks and salads. Guests can see the cooks and chef prepare food in an open kitchen area, create meals in a wood-burning oven. The Campfire Grill—and a small bar accessible through saloon-style swinging doors offers carefully curated selections of craft beer and wine. But then, there was the eclipse.
When it came time to see it, we stood outside our tents, put on our special glasses, and watched the sun slowly disappear behind the shadow of the moon. We were amazed at this evolving view, and also, that we were all together, seeing and feeling this event that was so special, and so unusual.
There was a sense during those moments that the Eclipse joined us in a quickening and slowing of time. I could sense the children, ages six and eight would tell their children, and grandchildren about this, as they saw future eclipses. At the same time, I sensed we were also tied to the past, knowing that eclipse history — who saw and recorded them — from the ancient Babylonians to Einstein, to Napoleon, to ancient Chinese Emperors — all saw what we were seeing — and in a way, tied us to them as well. It was a compelling time of dark and light, enhanced by the shared family experience at Conestoga Ranch.
This year, no Eclipse, but there is Summer – and from May 18- September 30, Conestoga Ranch will be again open, and with new amenities.
New this season, the resort will debut its Blue Waters Spa and Wellness Center, a glamping-style spa that emphasizes massage therapy and yoga. The new wellness dimension includes 60-minute massages and yoga practices. There are Wellness packages, yet all guests are welcome to book treatments to enjoy during their stay.
And we will be coming again, this time with more family, friends and children. The family grows, as the gift of family-friendly expands at the Conestoga Ranch as well.
Conestoga Wagons, Evening
Inside Conetsga Wagon Tent
Family Tubing on Bear Lake
The Family at Height of the Eclipse
Happy Family, Greeting The Sun After The Eclipse