Utah’s Mighty Five national parks are often said to be the most beautiful parks on the planet.
Bryce Canyon, Zion, Capital Reef, Arches and Canyonlands are like another world. Yet they seem eerily familiar thanks to dozens of American films using them for famous backdrops.
If you’ve decided to travel to one of these five incredible Utah National Parks you can expect unique lodgings in naturally spectacular settings.
From glamping resorts to Native American tipis, your accommodation is part of the adventure and the Utah Office of Tourism can help, revealing its top five recommendations on places you can stay, with a view.
1. Treehouses at Stone Canyon Inn
Two ‘tree houses’ at the Stone Canyon Inn feature a staircase that allows visitors to climb above the trees, but stay in comfort.
Each tree house contains a king size bed, a loft that sleeps two children, tiled bathrooms complete with shower, and windows that frame a panoramic view of breathtaking Bryce Canyon.
Amenities such as a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, TV and complimentary WiFi are available too, so you can feel right at home.
After a day exploring red rock country on horseback, relax around the fire pit on the ground level.
2. Glamping resort at Under Canvas Zion
Nestled amid the famous red rocks of Utah’s Zion National Park is a glamorous camp resort, Under Canvas, where luxury meets adventure.
This safari-style camp seamlessly blends into its dramatic surroundings. Under Canvas offers luxurious and comfortable canvas tents, upscale ‘farm-to-campfire-table’ dining under the stars and the option to enjoy resort-arranged activities. The choice is vast, including mountain biking, horseback riding, jeep tours and hot air ballooning. All right by one of the USA’s most visited national parks.
3. Airstreams at Shooting Star RV Resort
In the heart of Southern Utah’s Red Rock Canyon Country, sits nine iconic Airstreams. Each of these vans features décor inspired by the movie sets of films. Think Hollywood blockbusters like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Viva Las Vegas, and Breakfast at Tiffany.
You can book Marilyn Monroe’s trailer, decked out to resemble the icon’s dressing room while she was filming Some Like It Hot. Get your cowboy swag on by staying in a wagon inspired by John Wayne’s trailer while he was shooting The Searchers. Or if you are an Elvis fan, there is one that is like Elvis Presley’s while he was filming Blue Hawaii.
Come evening, watch a movie under the stars in one of the resort’s classic 1960s cars at the drive-in cinema.
4. The Conestoga Wagons at Capitol Reef Resort
Featuring an authentic 19th century design, these luxury wagons offer a unique way to enjoy the raw beauty of Utah’s red landscapes. The wagons are less than 10 kilometres away from Capitol Reef National Park.
Each wagon features one king size bed and two sets of twin bunk beds, and can sleep up to six guests. There is also a private fire pit outside each wagon and private bathrooms are just steps away.
This basecamp for adventure is a perfect place to kick back and relax. And all under the magical glow of the northern lights just as the pioneers would have done 175 years ago.
5. Native American Tipis at Ruby’s Inn RV Park and Campground
At the edge of the spectacular Bryce Canyon National Park, you can live out your childhood dreams in a Native American Tipi.
There are ten tipis available, each sleeping up to eight adults comfortably.
Bring your own sleeping gear, esky and camp stove, as the tipi offers no electricity, plumbing or beds. But the camp site does have rest rooms, hot showers, a laundromat, pool and hot tub, and plenty of great outdoor experiences.
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This article was first published on 8 September 2017 and updated 24 September 2020.
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