Utah isn’t just home to those pesky perfectly uniformed duos that go knocking on your door from time to time, asking if you want to learn more about their multi-planetary believing church. It’s also home to some of the most incredible untouched land in the nation!
With five national parks and 44 state parks, Utah is an outdoorsman’s heaven. There are so many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors that one might think that packing a tent might be the best option — but fear not, tent-hating folks. There are other options beyond laying on the ground in a cold tent. And no, I’m not necessarily suggesting a typical hotel room; instead, these Utah hotels offer some unique sleeping options and surroundings. For the next time you are in an adventurous mood!
Airstreams — Escalante, Utah
Located just off the Scenic Byway 12, visitors will feel like they are in a movie scene all their own as they cruise down the famous route to America’s most beautiful parks and attractions. The Shooting Star RV Resort welcomes travelers looking for a more unique accommodation experience, allowing them the opportunity to vacation like an old-timey Hollywood star with a selection of nine Airstreams decked out to feel like the movie set trailer of classic films. And the icing on the cake is the campground’s classic outdoor movie theater which offers 1960’s classic cars as seating for couple to cozy up under the Utah stars.
Conestoga Wagons and Teepees — Capitol Reef, Utah
Embrace the most authentic, adventurous accommodations Utah has to offer by catching some z’s in a Conestoga Wagon or teepee at Capitol Reef Resort. Nestled among the Red Cliffs, guests can relax under the peaceful stars with warm fire pits, soak in brightly colored sunrises and sunsets as they light up the red rocks, and feel like a true Western explorer. The resort has both modern resort amenities and spacious arrangements at hand. Sleep up to six in the wagons (that come with private bathrooms) or choose a luxury teepee (also with private bathroom), decorated in traditional western furnishings to ensure that authentic western feel.
School House — Park City, Utah
You know those old school houses from the movies? Well, now you can sleep inside of one. Don’t expect chalkboards and wooden desks, but instead look forward to pure luxury at Park City’s twelve-room boutique hotel, Washington School House Hotel. Built in 1889 and part of the National Historic Registry, this landmark now hotel is the only mountainside luxury hotel adjacent to the US’s largest new ski resort, the connecting Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort.
Crater — Midway, Utah
OK, you might not actually sleep inside the crater, but you can sure enjoy it while staying at Homestead Midway Resort. Over 10,000 years in the making, the crater is a geothermal spring, hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock. Once inside, visitors can go swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, enjoy a therapeutic soak or even take a stand up paddleboard yoga class in the 96ª water! The crater is actually the only warm scuba diving destination in the continental U.S. and attracts many diving enthusiasts from across the country. In addition to the crater’s unique offerings, Homestead Resort offers guests charming accommodations and boundless recreation amidst classic architecture.
National Park — Brian Head, Utah
Tucked away among reaching peaks, red rocks covered in winter snow and winding roads boarded by tall fir trees lead the way to Brian Head Resort. The resort (located within Cedar Breaks National Monument Park) has welcomed tried-and-true mountain enthusiasts for over 50 years. The hidden gem is the locals best kept secret, offering The Greatest Snow on Earth® with an annual snowfall of over 360 inches and Utah’s highest base elevation, including two connected mountains (Giant Steps and Navajo) inviting guests to explore over 71 runs and 8 chair lifts. Resort guests can shred down steep terrain, cross country ski to a personal look out spot at Chessman Ridge Overlook, cozy up with an intimate dinner and gaze upon impressive constellations during a Dark Sky certified star party.