Super Shelters: 15 Best Large Camping Tents

Much of the time, we’ve found that camping trips include just a couple people – and so a simple small tent usually does the trip. Sometimes, however, we want to get into the wilderness with a much larger group – be that a friendly getaway or one with our family. For those occasions, larger accommodations are necessary.

Of course, you could just bring along multiple tents, though that also means a lot more to carry. We think, instead, choosing something that weighs just a bit more than a single tent, but can house a greater number of people is a much better idea. For that reason, we’ve put together the following list of the 15 best large camping tents available now for your group adventures.

Coleman Montana Tent

As far as entry-level large tents go, it doesn’t get much better than the Coleman Montana. With enough floor space to fit 3 queen-sized air mattresses and/or eight people, this is a spacious and cozy way to get out into the wilderness on a tight budget. It also happens to be the official tent of the National Park Foundation, which is pretty cool. It also features a killer seam system that keeps water out, takes just 15 minutes to set up with detailed instructions, and collapses down small enough to fit in the included carry bag.

Occupants: 8
Rating: 3-Season
Activity: Casual Camping

Purchase: $105+

Core Extended Dome Tent

With a slightly bigger layout and a bit more ventilation, the Core Extended Dome tent just inches out Coleman’s Montana Tent from a feature-standpoint. But it also costs a bit more, so that’s your tradeoff. Enough room for nine, a waterproof seam design, electrical cord access, and both a ceiling lantern hook and small item storage pockets make this large camping tent stand out against the crowd. Sure, it’s not hurricane-proof – but you shouldn’t be out in weather like that anyhow.

Occupants: 9
Rating: 3-Seaon
Purpose: Casual Camping

Purchase: $130

Wenzel Klondike Tent

What we really love about this tent is that, while there’s room enough for 8 inside, we like the front section as a kind of airlock between the main sleeping area and the outdoors. It allows you to gear up and get ready to go out without disturbing your bedding or bringing in dirt or water from outside. Of course, if you’ve got family or friends, it can be used as a secondary bedroom – but that’s entirely your prerogative. Also, while it does have two large windows in the main cabin, that’s pretty much it for ventilation – which is our one complaint.

Occupants: 8
Rating: 3-Season
Purpose: Casual Camping

Purchase: $137+

E-Z Up Camping Cube Outdoor Tent

If you frequent the beach or like to have barbecues at the park, there’s a pretty good chance that you already own an E-Z Up canopy. If you do and you don’t already have a tent, then the Camping Cube is definitely the large camping tent for you. This 4-walled structure can be added on to your existing canopy to create a family-sized camping tent, complete with large double doors, windows, and even a dog door for your furry friends. The 100 square feet is perfect for a group of 5 – just remember that this isn’t a standalone tent, as it does require an E-Z Up to attach it to.

Occupants: 5 (Plus Dogs)
Rating: 3-Season
Purpose: Casual Camping

Purchase: $178

Kelty Camp Cabin

We’re fond of the fact that Kelty picked an appropriate name for this tent, as calling it a cabin is perhaps more accurate – due to the incredibly high ceiling. It’s not tremendously complicated, hasn’t got a ton in the way of features – but what it does have is pretty great. It helps, too, that this one is super easy to set up, has a massive front door (perfect for watching sunsets or admiring the mountain terrain), and is lightweight enough that it doesn’t seem like too much of a chore lugging it around.

Occupants: 4
Rating: 3-Season
Purpose: Casual Camping

Purchase: $230

Browning Camping Big Horn Tent

With two large doorways, a 2-room divider, six windows, a mesh roof (with a rainfly cover), this 8-person tent has more space and amenities than some studio apartments (we’re looking at you, NYC). It also has several internal storage pockets to stash your smaller gear, an easy-to-set-up fiberglass tent pole scheme, and stands 7.25′ high in the center (which is plenty of headroom for anyone who might come along). It’s not the most technical tent in the world, but it definitely doesn’t have to be with everything else it has to offer.

Occupants: 8
Rating: 3-Season
Purpose: Outdoor Adventure

Purchase: $260

Nemo Wagontop Camping Tent

Nemo Equipment is no stranger to excellent adventure tents, so it should come as no surprise that they also offer one of the best large-form camping tents. This one, however, is less focused on the adventure side of things and more on sheer interior room. The beefy layout can comfortably house five, but you can probably fit more if you’re determined enough. It also has an incredibly high ceiling, allowing even the tallest campers to stand inside comfortably. The simply design makes for simple set up and tear down, and the whole thing weighs less than 20 pounds.

Occupants: 4
Rating: 3-Season
Purpose: Casual Camping

Purchase: $386

The North Face Wawona 6 Tent

besides its wind-resistant structure, our favorite thing about the North Face’s Wawona 6-person tent is the off-set vestibule that allows for weather-free preparation before going out into the wilderness. Of course, if the weather is right, you can also use it a secondary sleeping area or just a hang-out space that isn’t crowded with gear and sleeping bags. It’s also fully waterproof, has internal hang loops and a lantern hook, and is tall enough to stand up in.

Occupants: 6
Rating: 3-Season
Purpose: Car Camping

Purchase: $399

Eureka Copper Canyon Tent

While a 9-pole tent might seem rather difficult to manage during setup, the trade-off is a massive cabin-style accommodation that’s perfect for large groups that value some measure of privacy. Not only can this big ol’ tent fit up to 8 people in comfort, but it also affords the ability to partition the interior into dual suites. There are even dual doors – one in the front and one in the back – so you can enter and leave without disturbing your tent mates. It also has 6 windows and a mesh roof for excellent ventilation.

Occupants: 8
Rating: 3-Season
Purpose: Outdoor Adventure

Purchase: $400

Big Agnes Big House Deluxe Tent

Besides offering two of the most vibrant color options of any of the tents on our list, the 6-person Big Agnes Big House Deluxe also has a whopping 6’5″ ceiling height, with a raised dome structure that makes it feel more like a living room than a tent in the middle of the woods. Sure, it’s not something you might want to use to conquer the Andes, but if you’re headed out to your local state park for the weekend with some friends and family, this durable large camping tent has more than enough to offer in the realms of space and comfort. It also has some interior storage, so you can stash small gear for safekeeping when you’re not using it.

Occupants: 6
Rating: 3-Season
Purpose: Outdoor Adventure

Purchase: $400+

REI Co-op Kingdom Tent

While REI sell a ton of excellent outdoor gear from outside manufacturers, they also offer a good deal of killer stuff under their own brand name. Their Co-Op Kingdom tent is one such offering – with enough room to house 6 people comfortably and the option for interior dividers, making this a great multi-room offering perfect for families or friends that want to keep their sleeping situation separate. It also benefits from dual front and back doors, a handy rainfly to protect the openings when coming in or going out, and it weighs just 19 pounds and 12 ounces – so it can be comfortably carried by just one camper going to and from your campsite of choice.

Occupants: 6
Rating: 3-Season
Purpose: Outdoor Adventure

Purchase: $439

Barebones Living Outfitter Tent

Designed to look like an old-school frontier-style tent (the kind you might have seen during the Civil War), this beefy sleeper has all the spacious benefits of its predecessors, but none of the material drawbacks. That is to say, this one is made as tough and modern as they come, with a custom treated nylon polyester weave construction; water-repellant, fire-retardant, and mildew-resistant finish; and an included all-weather cover (that can handle up to 1,000 lbs of snow). It’s also wind resistant to 90 mph, has plenty of ventilation and mosquito netting to keep the buggers out, and stands at 9′ tall – perfect for even the most towering campers. For a badass tent with a throwback flair, go no further than this one.

Occupants: 8+
Rating: 4-Season
Purpose: Outdoor Adventure

Purchase: $2,640

MSR H.U.B. Tent

It should come as no surprise that MSR occupies a top spot on our list, as they’re a leader in all things outdoor gear. And what they’ve managed to put into their H.U.B. large camping tent certainly exemplifies why they’ve earned such high esteem. Roomy enough for 7+ people to sleep in and with a ceiling height of 6.6 feet (tall enough for most full-grown adults to stand comfortably), this is an excellent option for a large group base camp. It’s domed structure and sturdy criss-crossed poles also make it a superb option for weathering any storm that might befall your trip. Furthermore, it’s built from a durable waterproof ripstop polyester with a DWR polyurethane coating for exceptional toughness. It is rather heavy, however, weighing in at 48 pounds – so be wary of the weight when it comes time to transport this big camper.

Occupants: 7+
Rating: 4-Season
Purpose: Extreme Conditions

Purchase: $5,000

Mountain Hardwear Space Station Dome Tent

Not only can Mountain Hardwear’s Space Station Dome Tent house up to 15 sleepers, but it’s also an excellent option for a mobile base camp – thanks to its 20+ person standing room capacity (a whopping 284 square feet) and massive 8.41′ high ceiling. As if sheer size wasn’t enough, the dome shape and cross-hatched frame make it ideal for withstanding extreme weather conditions, and its nylon taffeta construction makes for superb durability. Sure, it’s massive footprint makes it a little harder to haul, but the tradeoff is that this is one of the most safe and secure group tents available anywhere.

Occupants: 15
Rating: 4-Season
Purpose: Extreme Conditions

Purchase: $5,500

Heimplanet Mavericks Tent

The ultimate balance of extreme capability, massive capacity, and portability, Heimplanet’s Mavericks tent is unmatched. Not only does it feature a super durable structure; high tenacity polyester, nylon, and thermoplastic polyurethane construction; and 42-square feet of floor space, but it’s also pre-assembled and can be erected by a single person in just minutes. On top of that, the unique inflatable frame is ultralight and can withstand winds of up to 112 miles per hour – so it’s perfect as a base camp even in the most unforgiving environments. Whether you’re climbing Everest or just trying to survive a group getaway marred by inclement weather, there’s no tent better.

Occupants: 8+
Rating: 4-Season
Purpose: Extreme Conditions

Purchase: $6,500

8 Best Double Sleeping Bags

If you’re going to be staying in a tent with multiple people, doesn’t it also make sense to get bigger bedding? Perfect for camping with those you’re closest with, these are the best 2-person sleeping bags available.

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