Last Updated on December 31, 2022

Who said camping in the desert has to be a spartan experience? While traditional camping in the desert involves spending the night in an RV or setting up a tent and relying on outdoor cooking and other basic amenities, there are also options for those who want a more comfortable experience.

Glamping, short for “glamorous camping,” is a type of camping that combines the rustic, outdoor experience of traditional camping with the added comforts and amenities of a luxury vacation.

Desert glamping is a type of glamping that takes place in the desert, often in tents or other types of temporary structures that are set up in the desert landscape.

Glamourous Camping in the Desert

Desert glamping may include features such as comfortable beds, electricity, and even private bathrooms, as well as outdoor activities such as hiking, stargazing, and exploring the desert landscape. Some desert glamping sites may also offer additional amenities such as restaurants, bars, or swimming pools.

Desert glamping is a great way to experience the beauty and solitude of the desert while still enjoying some of the comforts of home. It is a popular option for travelers who want to enjoy the outdoors without roughing it too much, and it is often more affordable than staying in a traditional hotel or resort.


El Cosmico Desert Glamping. Marfa, Texas, United States
El Cosmico Desert Glamping. Marfa, Texas, United States

Desert Glamping in the US

The Mojave and Sonoran Deserts in the United States offer a variety of glamping options for those looking to experience the beauty of the desert while still enjoying some of the comforts of home. Some highly rated glamping options in these regions include:

Mojave Desert

  • El Cosmico: Located in Marfa, Texas, El Cosmico is a unique glamping destination that offers a variety of accommodation options, including tents, yurts, and trailers. The site features a pool, outdoor kitchen and dining area, and a number of communal areas for socializing and relaxation.
  • Joshua Tree Glamping: Located in Joshua Tree, California, this glamping destination offers a variety of tents and yurts set up in the desert landscape. Amenities include private bathrooms, outdoor kitchens, and a pool.
  • Mojave Oasis: Located in Mojave, California, this glamping destination offers a variety of tents and yurts set up in the desert landscape. Amenities include private bathrooms, outdoor kitchens, and a pool.
  • Lazy Lizard Camping: Located in Landers, California, this glamping destination offers a variety of tents and yurts set up in the desert landscape. Amenities include private bathrooms, outdoor kitchens, and a pool.

Sonoran Desert:

  • El Capitan Canyon: Located in Santa Barbara, California, El Capitan Canyon offers glamping in a variety of tents, yurts, and cabins set in the desert landscape. Amenities include private bathrooms, outdoor kitchens, and a pool.
  • Tanque Verde Ranch: Located in Tucson, Arizona, Tanque Verde Ranch offers glamping in a variety of tents, yurts, and cabins set in the desert landscape. Amenities include private bathrooms, outdoor kitchens, and a pool.

Mysk Moon Retreat Desert Glamping. Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Mysk Moon Retreat Desert Glamping. Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Popular Desert Glamping Destinations Worldwide

The best glamping opportunities in the world are found in Northern Africa’s Sahara Desert and in the Arabian Peninsula. Many countries in these areas offer luxurious camping options with the most lavish amenities.

Below, some of the top glamping accommodations in the Sahara and Middle East regions:

Sahara Desert

  • Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp: located in the Moroccan town of Merzouga, near the Erg Chebbi dunes, Merzouga Luxury Camp offers accommodation in traditional Bedouin tents, and features amenities such as private bathrooms and outdoor kitchens. The site also offers a variety of outdoor activities for guests to enjoy, including camel treks and sandboarding.
  • Bivouac at Erg Chebbi: also located in Merzouga, Morocco, Bivouac at Erg Chebbi is a new luxury camp surrounded by golden dunes, offering three types of camping experiences: Royal, Luxury, and Standard Superior.
  • Desert Paradise Lodge: located in Egypt near a village called Gabawi near Luxor, Desert Paradise Lodge is a good place to start exploring and experiencing the Sahara desert on your own, away from the crowds and noise of the city.

Arabian Desert

  • Mysk Moon Retreat: a unique luxury camp located in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, not too far from Dubai. The site provides air-conditioned accommodations with Wi-Fi, fully equipped private bathrooms and daily breakfast.
  • Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa: Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, is a 5-star luxury hotel located in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, United Arab Emirates. The site provides high-end accommodation surrounded by palm trees and lavish amenities.
  • Desert Nights Camp: Located in Oman’s Sharqiyah Sands, Desert Nights Camp offers glamping in traditional Bedouin tents set in the Omani desert. The site features private bathrooms, outdoor kitchens, and a variety of outdoor activities, including sandboarding.

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