Located in the far northern tip of Utah near the Idaho state line, Cache Valley is a land of green fields, dairy farms, small towns, thick forested mountains, historic sites, friendly people, higher education, entertainment and arts to name just a few of the adjectives that describe this region.
Logan Utah, Base Camp
Nestled against the Bear River Mountains flanking the east, Logan is often referred to as Utah’s Greenland with its sprawling pastoral farms and fields making it Utah’s leading agricultural producer. If you live in Utah and are longing for greener pastures, this is where you can find them! Home to Utah State University founded in 1888, USU gives the community the added vibrancy of education, sports and entertainment. With so much to see and do in every direction, ample lodging and restaurants, numerous attractions, recreation galore, and entertainment, Logan is our choice as base camp when visiting the Top of Utah.
The Beaver River Mountain Range is an all-season outdoor adventure mecca where an abundance of recreation options are found including winter alpine skiing at Beaver Mountain Ski Area, snowmobiling, mountain biking, camping, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, and more. Click here for more information on outdoor recreation.
Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway is 41 miles of scenic beauty, adventure, and recreation that follows the Logan River along U.S. 89 from Logan to Garden City at Bear Lake. This is our favorite route to Jackson Hole, and like Highway 12 in our Mighty 5 and Grand Circle tours in southern Utah, it’s as much a destination as it is a scenic route with so many recreation areas, attractions, and points of interest along the way. Add this drive to your list of Fall drives, it consistently makes our top list of places to visit when the leaves change. You can learn more about Logan Canyon by clicking here and by visiting the map below.
There’s no shortage of talent in Logan. It has its own opera company, repertory theater, and dance companies with beautiful facilities to showcase the productions and artists. Click here for a calendar of events.
Logan and the small communities of Cache Valley are great examples of early Mormon pioneer architecture with the Temple and Tabernacle as the center pieces. Other historic buildings worth checking out are the historic courthouse where the tourism office is located, and the Old Main Building on the campus of Utah State University. Literature on self-guided tours is available at the visitors center, or click here for online, downloadable versions of the brochures.
Bear Lake “Caribbean of the Rockies”
Bear Lake is a 20-mile long and eight-mile wide natural lake with beautiful, placid waters that make it a popular recreation destination for water sports aficionados. The lake straddles the Utah Idaho state line with state park designations in both states. The turquoise color of the lake comes from the mineral calcium carbonate was the inspiration in calling it the Caribbean of the Rockies.
Bear Lake State Park
On the western shore of Bear Lake, just north of the town of Garden City, and about an hour from Logan, is Bear Lake State Park and Marina. Bear Lake’s marina’s and beaches make it a popular destination for boating, fishing, playing and camping. For land lovers, there are more than 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking and off-road adventure fans. Click here for more information on the trails at Bear Lake. Winter The Bear Lake area offers 350 miles of snowmobile trails, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and the Bear Lake Monster Winterfest. For more information about Bear Lake click here.
Places to Eat Eat where the locals it! In Logan that means Angie’s Restaurant where you can see if you have what it takes to clean the Kitchen Sink. If the Kitchen Sink is a little more than you can handle go to Aggie Creamery and get an Aggie Blue ice cream cone. A visit to Bear Lake isn’t complete without a visit to LeBeau’s Drive Inn for a raspberry shake.
Places to Stay Do you like to camp but prefer the comforts of a hotel room? A good solution would be to go glamping! Check out the Conestoga Ranch in Garden City. Stay in Logan Canyon at Beaver Creek Lodge. Located near Beaver Mountain Ski Area just 11 miles from Bear Lake.
Things to Do Go boating, jet skiing, fishing, water-skiing, camping, and swimming at Hyrum State Park. Learn about the American West that shaped Cache Valley at the American West Heritage West. Take a winter sleigh ride to see elk up close and personal at the Hardware Ranch. Take the family to the Stokes Nature Center in Logan Canyon to learn about nature and outdoors. Go camping at Tony Grove Lake. Go mountain biking on the many trails throughout the area.
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