1. Defa’s Dude Ranch, Hanna
Surrounded by the Ashley National Forest, Defa’s Dude Ranch is picturesque. On weekends, you’ll pay $40-$50 per night for cabins, but on weeknights the cabins rent for $25 per night! The cabins aren’t fancy, but they include furniture and appliances to keep you comfortable.
2. Utah’s Campgrounds
You’ll find literally thousands of campsites across the state of Utah. Some are managed by state parks, others by the U.S. Forest Service, BLM or national parks. Campsite amenities and prices vary, but you’ll usually pay between $7 and $25 per night. This is the Albion Basin campground in Little Cottonwood Canyon, $19 per night.
3. Local Ski Resorts
Here’s a best-kept secret: Utah’s ski resorts offer killer deals for residents during the off-season. The accommodations at the resorts are gorgeous, and go for hundreds per night during ski season. In the summer, book a condo or lodge room at a steep discount. This is a room at Alta Rustler’s Lodge, just one example of ski resort lodging.
4. Palisade State Park
The tent cabins at Palisade State Park are pretty bare-bones, but they’re only $40 per night. They include a queen-sized bed, trundle bed, table and chairs and a solid floor.
5. Best Friends Animal Society, Kanab
If you love animals and want to make a difference, stay overnight at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab. Your pets are welcome, or ask to host one of the furry residents of Best Friends for a sleepover. Large cottages sleep up to six people and three pets for $120-$140 per night; small cottages sleep two people and two pets for $75-$95 per night.
6. East Canyon State Park
Stay in the yurts or cabins at East Canyon State Park. $60 per night, and a $200 refundable deposit.
7. Monument Valley Tipi Village, Oljato
Monument Valley Tipi Village is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for solitude - there’s just nine tipis, surrounded by red rock desert beauty. Summer rates are $75 per night for two people with an additional $10 per person. Stay in a cabin for $150.
8. Ruby’s Inn, Near Bryce Canyon National Park
Stay in a cozy cabin or tipi just .5 miles from the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park. 2016 Tipi rates start at $41.49 for two people and go up to $61.71 for eight people. Cabins start at $65.08 for two people and increase to $71.82 for four people.