Motels

Autocamp turns motels into luxury hotels with van-living locations

Autocamp Hospitality Group will soon launch Field Station, a collection of hotels targeting travelers who want an outdoor vacation.


Field Station


And its first location in Moab, Utah will be ready in early spring 2023 starting at nearly $160 per room.

People standing outdoors in nature holding a map


Field Station


Changing from Airstream caravan-based accommodation to a traditional hotel concept may come as a surprise to Autocamp fans. But this concept took years to develop.

Airstream trailers outside the Joshua Tree location of Autocamp.  There are tables and chairs between each trailer.


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In recent years, the company has backed away from opening Autocamp sites in certain markets due to scheduling issues or “land restrictions”, prompting it to consider more traditional accommodations, said Julie Saunders, director marketing of Autocamp and Field Station. Initiated.

A row of Airstream trailers at Autocamp's Joshua Tree location.


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But just because Field Station is more of a traditional hotel than a glamping site doesn’t mean the brand loses sight of its love for the outdoors.

Airstream trailers outside the Joshua Tree location of Autocamp at sunset.  There are tables and chairs between each trailer.


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Like Autocamp locations, many of these field stations will be in areas with opportunities for outdoor recreation, whether national parks, ski destinations, or water sports hotspots.

Someone holding a bottle of water in front of the camera


Field Station


The lodges will also offer outdoor equipment rentals, guides and “educational programming” to keep its guests interested in the great outdoors…

Inside a Field Station hotel room with bed, furniture, bike


Field Station


…as well as cafes, swimming pools and beer gardens, which are already mainstays of Autocamp sites.

an empty swimming pool next to the clubhouse

The pool and clubhouse at Autocamp Yosemite.

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“Autocamp is more ‘light adventure,'” Saunders said. “With Field Station, we have a retail and rental component in our lobby so we invite people to recreate outdoors.”

Airstream trailers outside the Joshua Tree location of Autocamp at sunset.  There are tables and chairs between each trailer.


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And the turnaround time of these Field Station hotels will be fast.

Inside a Field Station hotel room with two beds, furniture.


Field Station


To save time and money, instead of building new properties from scratch, Field Station is taking a page out of Margaritaville’s real estate playbook by converting and renovating existing motels and lodges.

Inside a Field Station hotel room with two beds, furniture.


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Source: Initiated

Before Autocamp stepped in, this next Utah property was a Super 8 motel, Saunders told Insider. Now it’s a clean, “industrial utilitarian” Field Station hotel ready to welcome guests in just a few months.

Inside a Field Station hotel room with a bed, furniture.


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To compare, a traditional Autocamp could take up to two years to build.

An Airsteram trailer near the main building at Autocamp's Joshua Tree location.


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“Glamping” – a concept that has seen insatiable popularity during COVID-19 – has always been Autocamp’s daily bread.

A bedroom inside the Airsteram trailer at Autocamp Joshua Tree with white accents, a bed with pillows, curtains over the windows.


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But these new field stations are saying goodbye to Airstream caravan hotel rooms, equipped luxury canvas tents and tiny cabins…

a row of Autocamp Yosemite cabins

The cabins of Autocamp Yosemite.

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…and instead say hello to a variety of hotel room options.

Inside a Field Station hotel room with bed, furniture, bike


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But it wouldn’t be a true Autocamp Hospitality Group concept without some kitschy sleeping options: Some rooms will have suspended sleeping systems more often used by rock climbers for sleeping on the cliffside.

Inside a Field Station hotel room with a bed, furniture.


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Similar to Autocamp, if a traveler plans to stop at a field station on an RV trip, they may not need to book a hotel room. The property will have a handful of hookups and sites for RVs and RVs.

Motorhome in the American desert

Wes and Michelle Schroeder-Gardner have lived in an RV for years to cut costs and travel while working remotely.

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner


This Moab field station, located directly on Main Street, is right next to the entrance to Arches National Park.

Arches National Park


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