Airstream, manufacturer of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer, is the oldest and most recognized recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America.
In 1936, Wally Byam stated that he is in business “to make people’s dreams come true.”
When Airstream began, there were less than 48 trailer manufacturers that were registered for business. Five years later, nearly 400 companies squared off against each other. Today of those 400 companies, only Airstream remains.
The enthusiasm for Airstreams that has always been with us has surged in recent years with everyone from stylish millionaires to young travelers wanting to own one of these design icons.
In earlier posts on vogeltalksrving.com, we have discussed the Airstream mystique, unique uses, and commercial applications of the “silver bullet” in such diverse stories as Pushing the Airstream Boundaries and Airstream Goes Posh.
The only way you could experience the Airstream lifestyle on the open road was if you went all-out and bought the dream.
It was a commitment to be part of a lifestyle enjoyed by many and envied by many others.
Until now, there’d been no way to rent an Airstream to live this fantasy.
Enter Airstream hotels and motels as an alternative to owning the dream.
Hotels around the world are making happy campers by capitalizing on the retro-romantic image of Airstream trailers.
In this two-part series we’ll introduce some of America’s coolest Airstream motels, including B-52s singer Kate Pierson’s Kate’s Lazy Desert in Landers, California, which offers six restored units with psychedelic ’60s-inspired décor.
Shooting Star RV Resort
The Shooting Star Drive-In Airstream and RV Park is the marriage of two iconic symbols of freedom and adventure on American highways.
This All-American Road which winds its way 124 miles from Panguitch to Torrey has dozens of natural attractions from alpine forests and ancient sea beds to pink rock turrets.
The Shooting Star Drive-In Airstream and RV Park features 360-degree views of the Grand Staircase, the Escalante Mountains, and Dixie National Forest.
It’s a one-of-a-kind resort along Utah’s Highway 12 where travelers can stay in one of eight shiny, custom-designed Airstreams restored Airstream travel trailers and sit in vintage convertible cars while they watch a drive-in movie.
Cowboy hopefuls should saddle on up to The Duke, a 31-foot trailer John Wayne used on the set of The Searchers. It’s outfitted with Western décor, leather furniture, and pony fur. There’s also a drive-in movie theater onsite—1960s convertibles included.
There you’ll also find 18 long, pull-through sites with 20/30/50-amp power, water, and picnic tables. Nine sites have a sewer connection and an easily accessible dump station is also available.
In an earlier post on vogeltalksrving.com, we introduced Shooting Star Drive-In Airstream and RV Park in the story, Two Iconic Symbols Merge: Vintage Airstreams & Drive-In Theater.
Address: 2020 West Highway 12, PO Box 290, Escalante, UT 84726
Phone: (435) 826-4440
Please Note: This Part 1 of a 2-part series on the Airstream mystique and Airstream motels
Part 2: America’s Cool Airstream Motels
I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band,
I saw a needle that winked its eye.
But I think I will have seen everything
When I see an Airstream fly.
—music and lyrics by Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington, in Dumbo