Amp up your Utah RV camping adventures with a visit to Salt Lake City. This “big enough” city is Utah's capital and has all the amenities of a mega-metropolis without compromising its small-town feel. The Oquirrh and the Wasatch mountain ranges provide a gorgeous backdrop, and the nearby Snowbird ski resort is nestled atop the Little Cottonwood Canyon, deep in the Wasatch National Forest. The peaks are powder-perfect for skiing in the winter, and the park is open in the summer for mountain biking, thrill rides, climbing, mining, camping, and more.
Diversify the trip itinerary when you book an RV rental in Salt Lake City. Stroll the shimmering shoreline of the Great Salt Lake, watch the bison roam at Antelope Island State Park, or embark on a treacherous hike to O'Sullivan Peak. Bring it back to the city for a Tabernacle Choir concert and a tour through the Natural History Museum of Utah, with bugs, plants, and anthropology pieces on display.
The Great Outdoors
The boundless desert terrain of Utah is brimming with gorgeous gorges and canyons, stunning rock formations, glittering bodies of water, and breathtaking mountainscapes. The Matheson Nature Preserve and Governors Groves is within the city limits and features stunning views of Twin Peaks mountain. Spend a morning hiking or biking along the mile-long loop trail and then head to nearby Sunnyside Park for a picnic.
Fuel up the Salt Lake City rental RV and head for Antelope Island State Park, an hour's drive north of the city. The island is the biggest of ten on the Great Salt Lake. This exotic wilderness resembles an African savanna, with expansive views, rugged coastlines, and an array of animal life, including bison, bighorn sheep, and pronghorn antelope. Sightings of a horse-crocodile cryptid known as the North Shore Monster have been reported here, too. Hikers, bikers, and horseback riders can traverse the backcountry trails, and the Antelope Island RV campsites are perfect for those hoping to spend some extra time exploring the park.
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is just east of Salt Lake City. Towering mountains, limestone caves, and forest floors of wildflowers fill this two-million-acre spread. Pack up the gear for a strenuous hike to the Timpanogos Cave National Monument, or hook Cutthroat trout at the Henrys Fork River. Anglers will also find opportunities at Smith and Morehouse Reservoir, Washington Lake, and dozens of other sparkling streams and creeks within the forest. Take in dramatic views at a comfortable cruising speed along the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway near Kamas. Forests fade to ranchland and rivers, and the High Unita Wilderness can be accessed along the way.
Feel like hitting the open road in the SLC motorhome rental? Just a few hours' drive south sprawls one of the state’s best attractions, Zion National Park. Established in 1919, it was the state’s first national park and hosts millions of visitors each year. Deep rocky canyons and towering, red sandstone cliffs are terrain trademarks, and the North Fork of the Virgin River runs through the park. It flows to the Emerald Pools, an oasis in the middle of a desert, complete with waterfalls and vibrant greenery. Zion National Park expands across more than 220 square miles and contains almost as many miles of hiking trails. RV campgrounds at Zion are plentiful, each with dozens of RV-friendly sites.
During the Utah RV rental excursion, don't miss Arches National Park. Just north of Moab, the park features more than 2,000 natural stone arches, as well as enormous rocks, giant fins, and huge pinnacles. Canyoneering and rock climbing are top-notch here, and the vast desert landscape yields some of the best stargazing in the state.
There are lots of places to park RV rentals in Salt Lake City. Pony Express RV Resort is in the heart of the city, located close to downtown Salt Lake. Open year-round, it’s within proximity to several of Utah’s leading ski destinations and the Great Salt Lake. Amenities include a heated pool, a clubhouse with a game room, bike rentals, and a basketball half-court. CampVIP has several full-hookup RV sites, a lovely park-like setting, and lots of recreational amenities, including playgrounds, swimming pools, and basketball courts.
Mountain Shadows RV Park is on the south side of town and offers dozens of RV campsites, a heated pool, a playground, volleyball and basketball courts, a clubhouse, and Wi-Fi. Lakeside RV Campground in Provo hugs the shores of the Provo River. Roll into one of the pull-through sites with the Salt Lake City camper rental and enjoy full hookups, cable TV connections, and Wi-Fi. Lakeside campers also have access to a swimming pool, laundry facilities, and restrooms with hot showers.
Exploring the City
Salt Lake City is a hub for outdoor recreation, and it's also packed with numerous cultural and historical attractions. With deep ties to the Latter-day Saints religious group, the city features stunning structures devoted to the faith. Head to Temple Square for an immersive visit into some of the city's unique culture. Wander through the stunning outdoor gardens, observe the elaborate architecture of The Tabernacle, and delve into origins at the Family History Library, home to the world’s most extensive genealogical archives.
Liberty Park houses some of SLC's best family-friendly attractions. Spend some time at Tracy Aviary to observe birds of all sorts of feathers. Pelicans, swans, eagles, and numerous tropical avian species are housed in this whimsical, well-rounded park. Catch a show at the outdoor theater, hand-feed the conures at the Amazon Adventure, and surround yourself in the sweet floral scents of the botanic garden. Branch out beyond the Tracy Aviary to check out some of the other Liberty Park amenities, including tennis courts, a swimming pool, paddle boats, and hiking trails.
Nab an RV rental for the Sundance Film Festival, and you won't be alone; this world-renowned event often draws over 100,000 visitors. Held in January, it’s the biggest independent film festival in the country. Attendees can attend movie showings spanning several genres and categories. Live musical performances and speakers covering a range of movie-related topics are featured during the festival, too.
The culinary selections in Salt Lake City are broad. Dining options in this locale span from fast-food eateries to (really, really) fine dining, with cuisines ranging from American favorites and diner fare to Mexican, Greek, and Italian offerings. Don't want to dine out? Pick up some locally-grown produce at The Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market or one of several grocery stores within the city, head back to your SLC campsite, and settle in for a night around the campfire.
Explore the urban attractions, venture out into the vast Utah wilderness, or dabble in a little bit of both; book an RV in Salt Lake City, and start planning your visit.