Twisting rock formations, cinematic desert and towering ski slopes make the Beehive State unbeatable road-trip country. Our choice of cheap motels in Utah will make sure you’re well-rested and ready to explore this otherworldly landscape, and they’re bookable on Culture Trip.
“Scenic route” is right – the sights within easy reach of this classic roadside motel include Black Cap Mountain and Steves Mountain. Also, the outdoor pool offers views of the alpine landscape and Manti-La Sal National Forest. The wood-paneled interior adds to the country feel, while the carpeted rooms have a plush, homey vibe.
As the name suggests, this is a great choice if you’re looking for cheap motels in Utah. Despite the affordable price tag, it doesn’t scrimp on quality. Lushly patterned carpets and warm, atmospheric lighting give the rooms a cozy feel. You’ll also have access to a nearby swimming pool, providing a great place to relax. Within a short drive of the Utah State University Uintah Basin Roosevelt Campus, Roosevelt Golf Course and Bottle Hollow Reservoir, it’s the ideal base for exploring the Uinta Basin.
Within day-tripping distance of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, this cozy inn is perfect for nature enthusiasts looking to fish and hike. Known as Dinosaurland, Vernal itself draws aspiring paleontologists eager to explore the Dinosaur National Monument, where a huge number of fossils have been unearthed – just 17mi (27km) from the hotel. While everything from American to Thai restaurants is within walking distance, all the rooms at Antlers Inn come with a microwave and a fridge so that you can self-cater.
Split Mountain is a good name for this rugged area of Utah, where hills were divided by the forces of rivers – views of which can be enjoyed from some of the rooms at this good-value motel. Laundry facilities are available, while each room also has a refrigerator and a microwave so that you can whip up a light meal. Golfers can play a round at the Dinaland Golf Course, just a five-minute drive away.
This cheap Utah motel comes with all the hallmarks of the iconic Super 8 brand, including colorful carpeted rooms – decorated with black-and-white wall art depicting the wild landscapes of Utah – an outdoor pool and great accessibility for guests with mobility needs. Attractions nearby include the otherworldly Bonneville Salt Flats and popular casinos such as Montego Bay.
Flanked by trees and set against an impressive mountain backdrop, this affordable hotel is in downtown Logan and 16mi (26km) from Unita-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Though the colorful rooms feature self-catering essentials, including microwaves and mini-fridges, you’ll want to make it down for breakfast – a spread of sausages, eggs, potatoes, waffles, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit and more. In addition to the laundry room, fitness center and business center, the hotel has a relaxing indoor pool.
This family-run boutique motel is perfectly placed for exploring some of the most famous landscapes in the area, including Zion National Park (30mi/48km away) and Grand Staircase Escalante (16mi/26km). Owners John and Crystal imbue the place with a friendly energy, while the modern, Scandi-style rooms cut a welcome contrast to your typical country-rustic motel. Here, each suite has a fully equipped kitchen.
While remaining close to the shops and restaurants of Panguitch, these charming log cabins are within easy reach of popular rural landscapes, from Bryce Canyon National Park (23mi/37km) to Cedar Breaks National Monument (33mi/53km). Despite being right off N Main Street, the wood-clad rooms deliver an outdoor adventure experience, thanks to terraces equipped with barbecue grills.
Next to a pine forest overlooking plunging Bryce Canyon, this low-cost hotel has an excellent location. The Bryce Canyon shuttle passes right by the lodge, meaning easy access is guaranteed, while the hotel offers guided horseback rides and ATV tours of the area. The rooms are traditional and unpretentious, and as a guest, you’ll have access to the indoor swimming pool and whirlpool across the street at the Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn.
Taking its name from the surrounding red hills of Hurricane, Utah, this motel pays homage to the landscape with wooden furnishings and art depicting the nearby rocks and canyons. Rooms open onto a patio with a barbecue grill, and the friendly staff will advise you on activities in the area, including hiking in Zion National Park (23mi/37km) and Quail Creek State Park (32mi/51km).
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