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Escape to Peaceful Solitude Saylor Creek Hideaway

A Luxury Glamping Tent Surrounded by Trees with A/C and Heat

Just 10 minutes to downtown Des Moines

Up to 3 Guests

Escape to nature without sacrificing comfort!

Experience a unique getaway with your friends or family. Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, creating fun family memories or simply looking for a weekend getaway, our place is perfect for you!

“There is nothing like hearing the owls at night and hanging out by the campfire all day.” - Christy

Come and relax in the trees. Wake up to the beauty of nature and relax with a cup of espresso on the deck. During the day, explore all that Des Moines has to offer. From outdoor activities to shopping and dining, there is something for everyone. And when night falls, gather around the fire pit with your loved ones and share stories while roasting s'mores.

“The tent exceeded my expectations... The added bonus was the fire pit outside where I was able to relax.” - Christopher

You won't have to give up comfort while "camping". Our glamping tent offers all the amenities you need to feel comfortable while still being immersed in nature. With air conditioning and heat, you can adjust the temperature to suit your needs no matter what the Iowa weather throws your way.

Air Conditioning


Get a good night's sleep in our king-size bed with cozy bedding. Enjoy the convenience of running water at the nearby sink and shower, which means you won't have to give up cleanliness while camping. Sticky hands from roasting s'mores? No problem!

1 King Bed

1 Twin Sofa Bed

All Bed Sheets & Blankets Provided

“This is the perfect getaway location without having to "rough it"... this was the absolute best place to try out camping without sacrificing some comforts.” - Gloria

Outdoor Shower

Outhouse with Sink

On Demand Water Heater

Composting Toilet

“...we spent most of our time outside the tent, enjoying the beautiful fall weather and listening to the sounds of the woods. Highly recommend!” - Marye

Solo Stove Smokeless Fire Pit

Large Bundle of Firewood Provided

Firestarter and Lighter

Two Adirondack Chairs

Two Deck Chairs

Two Large Foldable Camping Chairs

Charcoal Grill with Charcoal

Wifi and TV are amenities in the tent. If you want to unplug, let us know before checking in and we can turn off the wifi and remove the TV.


TV with Prime, Disney+ & Hulu

Board Games

“This was the absolute best weekend getaway and I would 100% recommend it! Very clean, so adorable, breathtaking views!” - Jeni

Nespresso Coffee Maker with Pods

Mini Refrigerator

Drying Rack for Clothing

Portable Fan

This tent is tucked into the trees on the 7 acre property where we live. Our house is out of sight when you're on the campsite. A short walk down a path and you will reach the tent where you will be immersed in the trees.

“Two words: instant relaxation. Beautiful secluded location yet just steps from the car.” - Carolyn

Since you are in the trees there will always be bugs. Bringing bug spray is a good idea.

If you are staying during the time of year where the temperatures dip below freezing, the water will need to be turned off when temperatures go below freezing. Water will be turned back on once temperatures return to above 32 degrees.

“A great find in Des Moines! This checked all our boxes for serene, relaxing, and unique!” - Cherise

Free Parking on Premises

Seasonal Pricing Available

Children Friendly Atmosphere

Located Between Des Moines and Ankeny. Close to:

Neal Smith Trail

Downtown Des Moines

Saylorville Lake

Living History Farms

Jester Park

Science Center of Iowa

High Trestle Trail



Mark & Melissa Crawford

(515) 679-3554


Our family built this glamping tent on the 7 acre property where we live. We wanted to share this beautiful wooded area with others. We've put a lot of love and care into making this a wonderful place for a getaway.

The tent is tucked into the trees. Our house is out of sight when you're on the campsite. A short walk down a path and you will reach the tent where you will be immersed in the trees.

We love relaxing by the fire and being surrounded by nature. The location is perfect as you feel like you are on your own private wooded oasis and yet you are just minutes away from all that the Des Moines metro has to offer.

We're excited and happy to be able to offer Saylor Creek Hideaway for you to get away and enjoy nature with your loved ones.

Let us know if there is anything we can do to make your stay perfect!


My girls (ages 7 & 10) stayed a weekend in the tent and LOVED it. We had a glorious time relaxing by the campfire and watching movies. Communication, directions, and cleanliness were excellent. Highly recommend.


Absolutely amazing! A wonderful, private, and scenic spot where you can spend time in nature without having to get rid of all the modern amenities! The tent is super cool and the bed was super comfy - looking forward to coming back soon :)


We had a wonderful experience. The attention to detail was incredible. This was a perfect getaway. Relaxing in the woods in comfort. We'll definitely return


It was a great place to relax for a getaway. The host was accommodating and easy to work with.


Very relaxing getaway! Everything was as advertised and very quick to respond to questions! Highly recommend!


We loved our stay at the glamping tent! Everything was clean, comfortable, cute and well appointed! Melissa makes it very easy to have an easy, relaxing getaway with little to no prep. We will surely be back again!


Two words: instant relaxation. Beautiful secluded location yet just steps from the car. Such a nice getaway! Perfect for camping when you don’t have time to pack for camping. I’ll be back!


Very tranquil and relaxing. Hope to be back someday!


This is an amazing stay! Well worth the trip! Hosts are amazing.


What a perfect and unique stay! The tent was super cute… everything you need for a nice little getaway. Everything was very clean and well maintained. The fire pit had comfy reclining chairs and a basket of wood and cooking sticks were all provided with the stay. Melissa even had an extra surprise of individually packaged essentials to make s’mores in the fridge! :-) loved the fact that we had access to power and water while staying in the woods in this cozy tent! We really enjoyed the outside shower! It was great after a hot day to be able to shower in the coolness of the evening! There was the perfect amount of privacy, well lit path and a super comfy bed! I would recommend this stay to anyone! Melissa had great communication prior to the stay, we didn’t need to reach out at all during our stay, because everything we needed was provided and we didn’t have any issues. We didn’t want to leave! Thank you for the best ‘glamping’ experience we could have asked for!


You can expect beautiful scenery and a feeling of self sustainability. It was such a fun time and the owners are just amazing.


Beautiful area. Even better than expected. The kids had a great time “camping”!


This is the perfect outdoor getaway! Sleeping in a tent without sleeping on the ground-- AC, bathroom, running water-- outdoor shower. It is a scenic escape without the bugs!!


This exceeded my expectations. It's was a fun experience for my children and I. It was so cozy and comfortable. It really shows that Melissa paid attention to every detail. We loved our stay and we'll be coming back!


What a find! The hosts are communicative, generous, and flexible. The tent was amazing! We stayed as it was starting to get chilly in the evenings. The huge, comfy bed had a dual controlled electric blanket so my hubby and I could adjust our own settings; the heater kept the tent warm and cozy so the blanket was just a bonus. The Solo Stove campfire ring meant no smoke... no itchy eyes or moving to avoid the smoke. The host even provided Smores ingredients! The TV streaming gave us wonderful options and great, free wifi connection. The outdoor area was gorgeous and we saw three turkeys walking in the woods. We loved our time here and will be back!


Nicely done! Perfect glamping tent for a getaway. Loved the comfy bed and heated blankets in a timer and high quality canvas tent with fun little extras.


Great place and experience. We would love to stay again.


Such a beautiful and intimate location! Host was great and accommodating. Would recommend !


Great place. Great environment. Great time away from the normal hustle. Wife and I loved it.


Great place tucked into the forest!


This fabulous Glamping Tent was a perfect escape! The owners have created such a peaceful retreat with the most thoughtful touches. Tucked away in the trees, it truly feels like you’ve stepped away from the craziness of life. The a/c unit worked perfectly for the very hot weekend that we stayed there. Bed was super comfy. Loved the outdoor shower! Probably our favorite Airbnb ever!!!


This place was a great little getaway! Melissa was great at communicating with us about our stay.


This is the most inviting location for a glamping trip. Being in town it is convenient to many activities and great places to try new foods. It has creature comforts and the sounds of the woods to wakeup to every morning. We enjoyed even listening to the rain tapping on the tent.


Place was great and close to everything but felt like you weren’t in the cities.


We stayed for 2 nights and could have definitely used an extra night. It was a lot of fun! This is this the perfect combination of the nature of camping and modern amenities. You can certainly tell care and thought went into the structure, design, and details. The location is great - you're within 20ish minutes of downtown, Saylorville Lake, and Jester Park. Would definitely stay again!


Beautiful property, very clean and organized. The A/C works great and the wifi is better than my apartment! Hopefully staying here again in the future


Super peaceful , quiet and very clean! Close to the city and far out enough for peace! Definitely will be back!


Loved this place! It really felt above and beyond, and was great for super comfortable “camping”, while still having the city close by. Host was super responsive. Made for an awesome get away spot!


This is an epic campsite! The tent (can hardly call it that!), the trees, the outdoor shower, espresso machine, etc... was an oasis for me! Certainly my most relaxing camping experience! Can't wait to go back and unplug!


It's close to town while feeling out in the woods. It's a beautiful spots that is extremely well taken care of with a host that is wonderful and easy to communicate with. 10/10 would recommend!