Intimate community spaces that effortlessly reflect each location’s distinctive natural setting

AutoCamp, a leader in outdoor hospitality, selected award-winning interior designer Shannon Niehenke of Narrative Design Studio to create extraordinary designs for its Joshua Tree and Zion locations. Collaborating with global design firm HKS, Niehenke created an oasis of elegance for each property by seamlessly marrying luxurious interiors with the surrounding natural beauty of the landscape.


AutoCamp Zion: Narrative Design Studio’s color palette for the Clubhouse was inspired by the red rocks of Southern Utah.
Photo credit: Matt Kisiday

Inside the AutoCamp Joshua Tree Clubhouse, guests are transported into a world that emulates the golden hues and rugged textures of the desert. Collaborating with local artists and fabricators, Narrative Design Studio incorporated original artwork by Jaque Fragua, and Avo, organic sculptural elements by Ana DiGiallonardo, and custom details inspired by the region's rich cultural history.


AutoCamp Zion: Designed by HKS, the Clubhouse's architecture carries clean lines and utilizes natural materials like wood and stone. Serving as the heart of the property, the low-slung structure blends seamlessly in with the surrounding Utah landscape, offering large expanses of glass inviting guests to enjoy uninterrupted views of natural beauty.
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AutoCamp Joshua Tree: Two curved steel Quonset huts house the property’s Clubhouse and event space, welcoming guests when they first arrive. The architectural design for the property was overseen by HKS.
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AutoCamp Joshua Tree: This distinctive mural by Jaque Fragua frames the outdoor bar area.
Photo credit: Mariko Reed

On her design philosophy, Niehenke notes, "For the interiors, we chose a warm neutral palette and a variety of textures that echo the earthly hues of the desert landscape. The intent was to provide guests with a tranquil, relaxing setting where they will be inspired to explore the unusual beauty of the terrain that awaits them outside the doors."


AutoCamp Zion: The interiors emphasize earthy plaster, bronze tones, and warm wood, offering a seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors. Sustainable materials like cork adorn walls and furniture, further contributing to the tactile and eco-friendly atmosphere.
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AutoCamp Joshua Tree: A textured rug lays atop concrete flooring inside the clubhouse.
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AutoCamp Joshua Tree: A wood slated design encapsulates the bar within the Clubhouse where guests can enjoy a crisp glass of wine or cold beer.
Photo credit: Mariko Reed

AutoCamp Zion showcases a similar commitment to design excellence and environmental stewardship. The Clubhouse design by HKS embodies mid-century modern architecture fused with elements inspired by the desert landscape. With its clean lines and natural materials, such as wood and stone, the Clubhouse seamlessly integrates into the scenic Utah landscape, providing expansive glass views for guests to savor the surrounding natural beauty.


AutoCamp Joshua Tree: The Clubhouse also includes a multipurpose event space for guests and large gatherings.
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AutoCamp Zion: The 16-acre glamping hub is located on the banks of the Virgin River.
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AutoCamp Joshua Tree: The rear facade at dusk.
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Narrative Design Studio’s color palette for the Clubhouse was inspired by the red rocks of Southern Utah. The interiors emphasize earthy plaster, bronze tones, and warm wood, offering a seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors. Sustainable materials, like cork adorn walls and furniture, further contribute to the tactile and eco-friendly atmosphere.


AutoCamp Joshua Tree: The property’s outdoor spaces include a covered patio/lounge/bar with sand-timber and earth-toned furnishings and surfaces.
Photo credit: Matt Kisiday


AutoCamp Zion: Other amenities at the Clubhouse include the heated outdoor pool and lounge areas designed by Narrative Design Studio.
Photo credit: Matt Kisiday

Niehenke shares her approach, noting, "The rich, red earth in Southern Utah is so striking. Rather than pulling those tones into the interior, we chose to accentuate the surrounding landscape by keeping the palette fairly neutral. The architecture has soaring windows in both the Clubhouse and meeting space. Rather than place art on every wall, we chose to feature the views as artwork, with the intent of creating a calming environment where guests can enjoy the incredible scenery."


AutoCamp Joshua Tree: Inspired by the surrounding landscape, the Clubhouse features natural wood and gray concrete floors along with statement pieces like a circular mural by Mojave Desert artist Ana DiGiallonardo.
Photo credit:
Matt Kisida


AutoCamp Zion: The Clubhouse design features expansive windows that allow the surrounding red rock landscape to feel one with the space.
Photo credit: Matt Kisiday

About Narrative Design Studio

Narrative Design Studio is a San Francisco-based interior design firm founded by Shannon Niehenke that focuses on residential and boutique hospitality projects. With experience working at such laudable firms as Brayton Hughes Design Studio and NICOLEHOLLIS, Shannon’s aim is to create timeless interiors in harmony with the architecture and surrounding environment. Her firm begins each project with an intimate understanding of the client's objectives. Environmental and historical influences specific to the location then guide the process and give projects their roots. Working in collaboration with architects, artisans, and fabricators who value quality craftsmanship, Shannon and her team weave together a cohesive narrative that gives each project its unique identity.

About AutoCamp

AutoCamp is where great design meets the great outdoors. Its design-forward, year-round accommodations in nature, including custom Airstreams, luxury tents, and more, make spending time outdoors fun and easy for everyone. Reconnect with nature, each other, and yourself in Sonoma, Yosemite National Park, Cape Cod, Joshua Tree, Catskills, or Zion National Park, with upcoming locations in Asheville, Hill Country, and Sequoia National Park.