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post #1 of 11
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So I have 7 days of vacation that I have to use before the end of the year.  In past years I've used these leftover vacation days to ski here locally in Colorado throughout the month of December, catching powder days whenever possible. With there being little to no interesting terrain open here in CO, I'm thinking of taking off for a road trip to Utah in the next week or two.

 

With the holidays coming, and not wanting to spend $600+ on this trip, my plan is to skip the hotel and sleep in my car most nights.  I have done this quite a bit over the years and I have the vehicle, sleeping bag and gear to get through a few very cold nights with no problems.  I may book one night at a hotel mid-way through my trip to shower up and get a good night's rest.

 

My question is where in LCC would be a safe bet to park and sleep overnight?  I  know there are few overnight parking lots at Alta, but I'm not sure what their policies are or if they are paid lots.  Walmarts usually allow overnight parking, and there is one right in Sandy that might be my best bet. 

 

Curious if anyone has done this or has any better recommendations?

post #2 of 11

There is a really cheap extended stay motel just in town, $49 a night i think. Worth it imo.

post #3 of 11
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So how much do they charge to camp out in their lots?  Seriously, thanks for the advice. $49 is not bad, but over 5 nights it's still $250+, which is more than I'm looking to pay.  I might check them out for my mid-week stay though.

 

It's interesting, I did a search on the Epic forums for "car camping" and "sleeping in your car" and found lots of good info but most of the threads were last active in 2007.  I would have thought there would be much more interest in this topic post-recession than pre-rescession. 

post #4 of 11

We're a bunch of old wimps here.  It's been 30+ years since I car camped on a ski trip.

 

You might be surprised to go to priceline.com and try the "bid your own price" thing for 1star motels in Sandy or greater SLC.  Put in a crazy number like $12 per night.  You have little to lose.  You can't name a specific motel, but I think you can scope it down to a particular part of town.  If they reject it, try $16, etc. until you hit your threshold of thrift.smile.gif  I'd be willing to bet you'd get a hit before you get to $25 and it beats the backseat of a car.  There's a glut of cheap suburban motels in SLC if you're not picky.  Christmas week might be a little higher?

post #5 of 11

To my knowledge, there is no camping in LCC in the winter. The 2 campgrounds are shut down and snowbird and Alta don't allow parking overnight in their lots. You could try staying in one of the roadside turnouts, but I would imagine the sheriff would run you out. In addition, much of the canyon is a very active avalanche zone.

 

There is a RV park/campground in Draper off I-15 (Mountain Shadows) that you could try. Like you mentioned, you can also stay in Walmart's parking lot.

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Priceline.com was a good idea.  Never used that site before; thanks for the receommendation.  They accepted my bid for $15 a night in Sandy 1-Star motel.  Let's just hope it doesn't smell much worse than my car.

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Priceline.com was a good idea.  Never used that site before; thanks for the receommendation.  They accepted my bid for $15 a night in Sandy 1-Star motel.  Let's just hope it doesn't smell much worse than my car.

 

Out of sheer curiosity, what hotel did you get?

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Priceline.com was a good idea.  Never used that site before; thanks for the receommendation.  They accepted my bid for $15 a night in Sandy 1-Star motel.  Let's just hope it doesn't smell much worse than my car.

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PS:  BYOAF  (bring your own air freshener).

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Out of sheer curiosity, what hotel did you get?

 

 

False alarm.  Being a priceline newb, I mistakenly took the bid summary as confirmation that my bid was accepted.  The summary totals up your total price and shows the ammenities included, so it looked like I had a confirmed winner.  But $15 is evidently too low and no one took the bid. I have to wait 24 hrs before bidding again.  Oh well, $25 per night is probably my max, so we'll see if I get lucky tomorrow.  If not, I'll be camping out under the bright lights of the Walmart parking lot biggrin.gif

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We're a bunch of old wimps here.  It's been 30+ years since I car camped on a ski trip.

 

You might be surprised to go to priceline.com and try the "bid your own price" thing for 1star motels in Sandy or greater SLC.  Put in a crazy number like $12 per night.  You have little to lose.  You can't name a specific motel, but I think you can scope it down to a particular part of town.  If they reject it, try $16, etc. until you hit your threshold of thrift.smile.gif  I'd be willing to bet you'd get a hit before you get to $25 and it beats the backseat of a car.  There's a glut of cheap suburban motels in SLC if you're not picky.  Christmas week might be a little higher?


Gotta be honest, I'd take sleeping in a car, assuming you could fold the seats and lie down, over a 1-star motel any day. Not only is it free, but it's probably cleaner and safer.

post #11 of 11

There is a hostel type place called Camelot Inn. It's $25 for a private room, shared bath. It's a self serve check in. There are a few long term people staying there. It's not bad if you are just looking for a bed and shower.

 

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