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Welcome to Salt Lake City, the capital city that’s the ideal starting place for your Utah motorhome holiday.


Hiring a motorhome in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City – also often known just as SLC or Salt Lake – has a population of just under 200,000, and is Utah’s most populous city. To truly explore Utah, pick up a campervan or RV from one of Motorhome Republic’s 5 fleets in the city. With such a wide range, you can find the vehicle most suited to your needs, whether that’s a large luxury motorhome for a long vacation around the state, or a small two-person sleepervan for a quick trip away for just a few nights. 


Where to go with your Salt Lake City motorhome

The Arches National Park approximately 3.5 hours southeast of Salt Lake City and is a phenomenal location with more than 2,000 natural stone archways. There are a number of great hiking tracks you can take around the park to get a better view of many of these wonders. 


Monument Valley, a little over 5 hours from Salt Lake City, is similarly a place of abundant natural wonders. It’s a massive desert region and the setting for countless Western movies, but it’s also where you’ll find the Navajo Tribal Park, the Four Corners Monument where four states meet in one place (unique in the USA), Cedar Mesa, the Trail of the Ancients, the Hovenweep National Monument and much more. You could spend days exploring this area alone, learning about its history and taking some stunning photographs. 


The Bryce Canyon National Park is another natural wonder, but is no less awe-inspiring than the rest. It’s four hours from Salt Lake City and has some truly unique stone structures such as massive clusters of stone pillars. 


Park City is a fantastic place any time of year. It’s less than an hour from Salt Lake City and is both a phenomenal ski resort (part of the 2002 winter Olympics was held here) and a summer adventure park. 


The Dinosaur National Monument is just over the border in Colorado a little over three hours from Salt Lake. It’s one thing to see dinosaur fossils and bones in a museum, and completely another to see them embedded in the rock faces of the Carnegie Quarry at this site. 

6 Hours south is the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas - another ideal spot for an RV Rental or to end an RV adventure.

Visiting the beautiful Lake Tahoe or exploring Reno in your RV rental is an adventure not to miss, just about 7 hours drive from Salt Lake City to the West. Then, you can go on the way to San Francisco in your motorhome rental.


Best times of year to rent a RV in Salt Lake City

Summer in Salt Lake City can get quite hot, with temperatures occasionally reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but mostly sitting in the daily averages of 75-85 degrees. Fall brings cooler temperatures down to the 60s in September and October, with daily highs reaching just 50 degrees Fahrenheit in November with occasional snow in the valley. 


Winter is perfect for snow fans, with highs below freezing throughout January. This snow will remain in the mountains through early spring, so the resorts can generally stay open until mid-April. The temperature in the city will climb from the 40s in March back up to the 60s in May. 


Salt Lake City – ideal for an RV rental adventure

Take a drive to the foothills of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, to the beautiful Salt Lake City. Framed by mountains on all sides, the valley was host to the 2002 Winter Olympics and the world-class ski resorts and outdoor recreation parks are now dedicated tourist destinations.

Getting around?

Salt Lake City has wide streets and an easy to understand grid system, with most major streets laid out exactly north-south or east-west. Street addresses are coordinates in intervals of 100 every street. Addresses are specific numbers, such as 840 South 1300 East and are said "Eight-forty South, 13th East." This makes finding an address easy, even from out the window of an RV.

To the north-west of the city is the Great Salt Lake where the Jordan River flows from west of downtown. The miles of marshlands, mudflats and estuaries, covered only by a few inches of water, make for great duck shooting terrain.

Park up under the stars

While many RV campgrounds are available near the national parks in Utah, you only have a handful of options in Salt Lake City proper. Drive a little further afield and stay in the beautiful State Parks. Roads and trails are well taken care of and the parks make for fantastic sightseeing.

If you want to stay close to the city, Salt Lake KOA is a major camping ground that still feels small and cosy. A free shuttle bus from the park runs to the centre of SLC, which saves parking the RV downtown. The VIP residential community is a large RV park located near the major freeways. While it’s handy for access, noise can be an issue.

If you’re planning to stay during winter, keep out of the valley. Try accommodation in the ski resorts – not only will the views be stunning, but you’ll avoid the bad-quality air caused by inversion. A layer of cold air traps pollutants and warm air formed by vehicles and this can affect those with asthma.

Breathe in the great outdoors

Plan for an outdoor adventure when travelling to Salt Lake City. The area is a hub for nature activities in summer – hiking, fishing, rock-climbing, mountain biking – and the mountains provide incredible views, as well as challenging walks and canyon trails. The true beauty of Salt Lake City is how close you get to extreme wilderness, while still being in the comfort and convenience of a major city.

A day trip to Great Salt Lake is of course mandatory. It’s all in the name. Shallow and salty – it’s not so enjoyable to swim in, but the scenery is vast and impressive. Being located so far inland, Salt Lake City is said to have some of the best and driest powder in the world, and within 25 minutes of downtown you can hit the slopes. Big Cottonwood Canyon has two resorts – Brighton and Solitude. Alta and Snowbird are both on Little Cottonwood Canyon, and non-skiers are treated to a scenic tram to the top of Hidden Peak. Park City Resort, The Canyons and Deer Valley are all within 40 minutes, too. Discover curling at the Olympic Oval. Only $18, you can learn to play this unique sport every Friday night. The Oval also has RV parking.

Intimate dining options

For a rather conservative area, Salt Lake City has a food scene to rival much larger metropolitans. Where fast food joints and chain restaurants once led, smaller, more intimate eateries are springing up. Pago is a favourite, set in a rustic room that seats only 50. Forage is inspired by the local produce of the region and has gastronomical delights such as vanilla-scented diver scallops paired with smoked beluga lentils. The Annex by Epic Brewing has their entire range of 36 beers to pair with artisanal dishes. The Pie Pizzeria has recently been voted Utah’s favourite pizza joint – cheesy, fast, hot, it’s all you need in a pizza pie.

Now that the liquor laws have been repealed, you can raise your glasses more freely in Salt Lake City, although some places may still ask you to have food with your brew. For cocktails, try Finca – a Spanish tapas bar – or The Red Door – a kitsch cocktail bar with an extensive list. Beerhive is the place to go for a pint. It has an exhaustive beer list you’ll struggle to get through.

A conservative history

Settled by Mormons in 1847, Salt Lake City is well-known as the centre of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although only fewer than half of the city is a member of the church, the city is rather conservative, religious and traditional.

Temple Square

Temple Square is the most visited location in Utah. As the headquarters of the Latter Day Saints’ Church and location of the Salt Lake Temple, the stunning architecture and complimentary tour is not to be missed. Within the square are a host of other facilities – museums, libraries, gardens and restaurants.

Sugar House is one of Salt Lake City’s oldest neighbourhoods. Part residential and part commercial, Sugar House is now the home of fashionable stores. The streets are wide and tree lined, and houses are most sought-after.

Liberty Park is a great place to take the family for an afternoon. Fountains to play in, paddle boats on the lake, swimming pools, bike paths and even a tiny amusement park make it an ideal choice to tire out the kids.

Fall in love with the weather

Autumn/Fall is the best time to visit Salt Lake City. Temperatures are comfortable and it’s usually dry. Summer is long, dry and hot, but being cooped up in a camper after a day on the mountains in 41 degree heat makes for a rather tiresome camping trip. Winter is a poor time to travel in Salt Lake City unless you’re hitting the slopes. Snow falls often and temperatures are usually below freezing.

Finding the perfect vehicle

You’ll find the usual suspects for RV rental – El Monte RV and Cruise America – but be sure to check out some of the others. Billing themselves as budget campervan rental, Lost Campers compare their prices to those for car hire. They also offer great insurance deals, 24-hour roadside assistance and are only 10 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport. Whether it’s Class A, Class B or Class C RVs you are after,Compass Campers offer a comprehensive range.  

Lost Campers

Lost Campers is located less than 8 miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport at 29 West 800 South. There are no transfer services available, so it is easiest to take a cab to the depot, which is only 10 minutes away. Pick ups and drop offs can be made during open hours between 9am and 6pm any day of the week, but note that the branch is closed on public holidays. The fleet available at Lost Campers in Salt Lake City is ideal for travellers looking for affordable campervans without extra features for extra costs. The Sierra Class is comprised of Dodge Grand Campervans and Chrysler Town and Country vans, all of which seat five and sleep two comfortably. The Hotel Sierra Class is a similar van but with a rooftop tent, offering loads of added room so that four or five people can sleep comfortably. The Redwood Class is larger again, offering sleeping space for up to six people and seats for six. Hiring a camper from the Wanderer Class will get you a Ford Windstar, which is the company’s most basic sleepervan with room for two. None of these vehicles have excessive branding on them so you can travel without the usual obvious signs of being a tourist. 

Compass Campers, El Monte RV and Sunshine RV

Compass Campers, El Monte RV and Sunshine RV share a depot location at 250 South Hwy 89, c/o Hugh's RV in North Salt Lake City. The branch is only 11 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, which takes about 30 minutes by car. As there are no transfer services, you’ll need to make your own way to the depot. For pick ups, this will be between 1pm and 2.30pm on weekdays, and for drop offs, it’s between 8am and 11am on weekdays. The motorhomes and campervans available for hire is the same range across Compass Campers as it is from El Monte and Sunshine together, with a few differences in price. There is a huge selection of A Class motorhomes for a comfortable vacation in Utah, such as the 35-foot Fleetwood Fiesta that sleeps three adults and three children, or the 32-foot luxury AS32 with slide side door. In the C Class, there are RVs for every group and every budget, with multiple cabover styles and comfortable compact motorhomes. 

Cruise America RV

Cruise America RV has three options for motorhome rentals in Salt Lake City: Compact, standard, or large. The compact 19-foot size is for a maximum of three people, but still offers all the luxuries of a larger motorhome such as a mini-kitchen and on-board bathroom. Standard RVs are designed for up to five people to sleep comfortably, and have everything from a fresh water toilet to a stereo sound system and furnace for the maximum in comfort on the road. For groups of up to seven people, the 30-foot large motorhomes from Cruise America have all the features you could ask for and have Ford V-10 engine’s to power your trip. The Cruise America RV branch operates from 4125 South State Street, which is roughly 13 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport. If you are renting from Cruise America, you only get a free transfer from a Salt Lake City hotel or the airport if you have purchased the ‘Early Birder’ special, which allows you to pick up your motorhome between 9am and noon, and allows you to drop the RV back as late as 3pm. Normally, you would be required to bring the motorhome back for return between 9am and 11am, and could only pick it up between 1pm and 4pm. Also note that if you have flown to North America from an international location, you will need to spend your first night in a hotel or motel for safety reasons, rather than picking up your rental directly after a long-haul flight. Cruise America is closed on all Sundays and public holidays. 

Tips for road-tripping to Salt Lake City:

  • Be sure whichever RV company you pick has a road assistance program.

  • If you’re travelling in winter, have snow tyres fitted on your camper.

  • Just drive slow, the slopes aren't going anywhere.

  • There are only two state liquor stores in Salt Lake City. The stores are closed on Sundays and Holidays and by 7pm.

Hire an RV in Salt Lake City and explore the sights of Utah

RV Rental in Salt Lake City

With it's beauty untold, Salt Lake City is the heart beat of Utah and is a hidden gem just waiting for you to explore in an RV. Whilst skiers and snowboarders have known about Salt Lake City as a Winter wonderland for years, Salt Lake City really does lend itself as a great location to explore right throughout the year.  We really can't do the city justice in a few lines of text but hopefully, we can inspire you to take a trip that will create long-lasting memories.

Salt Lake City itself is a town on the rise, construction is everywhere and the vibe is really positive that the area is going places. It's also creating a name for itself on the culinary scene and with access to some fantastic local produce, that stands to reason.

Once you've had your fill (no pun intended), it's time to explore the surrounds. Renting an RV in Salt Lake City gives you many options to explore the surrounding area at your leisure.  One thing not to miss is the Dinosaur National Monument in Vernal Utah. It has one of the highest concentrations of dinosaur bones from the Jurassic Period ever discovered.  There are over 200 acres of canyons and mountains within the National Park and the scenery is sure to please even those not interested in dinosaurs. However, I challenge anyone to not be inspired by the 1,500 dinosaur bones in the Dinosaur Quarry, particularly the 34 ton Apatosaurus.  For those also interested in a bit of adventure to round out your trip, the area is extremely popular for white-water rafting with trips ranging from 3 to 5 days in duration and with rapids ranging up to category 4.

Next up is Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.  The two parks offer stunning scenery that is steeped in legend. Whether you are a nature lover, a history lover or something in between, this area has a level of magic and mystique that is sure to keep you enthralled.  If I was to give one tip, it would be to make sure you have a good camera (and learn how to use it) you won't be sorry.  The vistas that you will encounter will live long in the memory but are hard to explain to friends and family, so it would be great to do them justice. At only 56 square miles Bryce Canyon National Park is a real gem.  Head to the rim, at 9,100 feet the views are amazing particularly at sunrise. It's well worth setting the alarm and as you're in a motorhome you have your accommodation and transportation with you. There are plenty of walking trails for you to explore and they vary in length.

Zion is the oldest National Park in Utah. You will have to park up your RV rental as the road to Zion Canyon is only accessible to the free shuttle buses. Thousand-foot walls of sandstone stand all around you and it's hard not to be overwhelmed at your insignificance standing at the bottom of the canyon, that was carved by the power of water over millions of years. Once again, hiking trails are abundant, it's well worth the 14-mile hike to Kolob Arch which is thought to be the largest freestanding arch in the world.

We seriously can't recommend this area highly enough.  See for yourself what hiring an RV in Salt Lake City can enable you to see and do. We have the largest range of Campervans, Motorhomes and RV's for hire in Salt Lake City and we make it easy to search, compare and book the right option for you. If you are considering other locations, you may take a Denver RV rental, or browse deals from other top destinations. Also try securing RV rentals from Los Angeles, or motorhome rentals from Tampa, from Chicago, and even anywhere in the US. Book with confidence with Motorhome Republic.

Phil Wright

Written By: Phil Wright

Involved in the travel industry for over 15 years, I draw on that experience regularly in my position here at Motorhome Republic. As a motorhome holiday enthusiast I have done plenty of travelling in New Zealand, Europe, Southeast Asia as well as North and South America. I'd like to add Africa to my list- but I think I will wait until my kids are a bit older first! Until then I will be creating interesting travel related articles to help give you the information you need to plan your next big motorhome adventure!