Attractions in Logan, Utah

by Joe Fletcher

Logan, Utah is a city of 50,000 in northern Utah's Cache Valley. It is about 81 miles north of Salt Lake City. As a small college city set amid sprawling mountains and forests, Logan has many attractions, both indoors and outdoors. Visitors can take in scenic mountain vistas and visit museums and theaters.

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Logan Canyon

Logan Canyon, located in the Wasatch Cache National Forest, is a popular destination for mountain biking, hiking, fishing and camping. There are about a dozen public and private campgrounds throughout the area. Hiking opportunities include Wind Caves, a 2-mile trail that culminates in a triple arch and limestone cave. If you'd prefer to take in mountain scenery from the comfort of your car, US-89 through Logan Canyon is a National Scenic Byway that connects Logan with Bear Lake, a state park that straddles the Idaho-Utah border.

Ski Resorts

Logan is a year-round outdoor destination that offers skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Beaver Mountain (skithebeav.com) is the local ski resort. While it doesn't have the big terrain of Utah destination resorts like Snowbird and Alta, it is a local haunt that offers the same great Wasatch powder without the throngs of tourists. For those who prefer backcountry skiing, there are touring routes in the area, as well as the Powder Ridge Backcountry Ski Yurt System.

Bridgerland Snowmobile Complex

The Bridgerland snowmobile complex offers more than 300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, some of which extend into Idaho. The complex connects the smaller areas of Logan Canyon, Monte Cristo and Hardware Ranch. Beaver Creek Lodge (beavercreeklodge.com) is located right on the trail system and offers rentals and lodging. The Cache Valley Visitors Bureau in Logan has trail maps. With 400 inches of snow each winter, the snowmobile season typically lasts from December until April or May.

Theaters and Museums

Utah State University (usu.edu) is based in Logan and offers all the culture and arts of a major university. Enjoy a live theatrical performance at the Caine Lyric Theatre or a music performance at the University's Performance Hall or Kent Concert Hall. The University is also home to the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art and Twain Tippets Gallery. Those looking for history can stop by the American West Heritage Center (awhc.org) in neighboring Wellsville or visit Logan's Cache Museum Daughters of Utah Pioneers (no website; 160 North Main, Logan; 435-752-5139).

About the Author

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.