The Best Motels to Book in Utah, USA

Utah, including the beautiful Little Cottonwood Canyon, was made for road trips
Utah, including the beautiful Little Cottonwood Canyon, was made for road trips | © Greg Rakozy / Unsplash
Photo of Daniel Stables
18 November 2021

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.

Econo Lodge Salina Scenic Route 89 and I-70, for mountain views

A basic but comfortable king room with carpet at the Econo Lodge Salina Scenic Route 89 and I-70
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“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.

Americas Best Value Inn Roosevelt Ballard, for affordable quality

A guest room with patterned carpeting and two queen beds set against an inky-blue wall at the Americas Best Value Inn Roosevelt Ballard
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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.

Antlers Inn, Vernal, for a Jurassic escape

A tan-colored room with one queen-size bed, art, a microwave and a fridge at the Antlers Inn
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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 Motel, Vernal, for a comfortable pit stop

An aerial view of the two-story Split Mountain Motel, with mountains in the distance
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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.

Super 8 by Wyndham Wendover, for tried-and-true quality

The sand-colored two-story exterior of the Super 8 by Wyndham Wendover, backdropped by rock formations
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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.

Days Inn and Suites by Wyndham Logan, for downtown convenience

The indoor pool flanked by chairs at the Days Inn and Suites by Wyndham Logan
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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.

Kanab Suites, for a touch of modernity

A signature, modern-rustic studio with one king-size bed at Kanab Suites
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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.

Countryside Cabins, Panguitch, for country vibes in the city

A purely rustic double room at Countryside Cabins, complete with two queen-size beds draped with quilts depicting a bear
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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.

Bryce View Lodge, for an unbeatable location

A comfortable guest room with two queen-size beds and black-and-white photography at the Bryce View Lodge
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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.

Hurricane Hideaway Lodging, for a national park basecamp

A nature-inspired room at the Hurricane Hideaway Lodging with two queen beds and photography of the surrounding landscape
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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).

These recommendations were updated on November 18, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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