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06/07/2018   Logan: Utah’s Heart of the Arts

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Logan, regarded as Utah's Heart of the Arts, is a city of 50,000 people in northeast Utah. An hour north of Salt Lake City, it's the perfect place to escape urban living. Logan, in the heart of Cache Valley, is home to a range of great activities, from fishing, biking, and hiking, to horseback riding and a Foodie Trek - but that's just the surface.

Exploring Logan's Outdoors

Without doubt, one of Logan’s greatest activities is the Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway. Forty-three miles of inspiring canyons, aspen groves and limestone cliffs caress your cinematic journey along US Hwy. 89. Logan Canyon is also one of Utah's best drives to see aspens turn in Fall, so it's worth timing your visit.

 

 

Want tips for family outings? Read some ideas for adventures here.

You’ll find abundant opportunities to hike, climb, fish, canoe - the list goes on. Top locations for hiking include the Wind Caves Trail and Tony Grove Lake - and the Second Dam and anywhere along the Logan River are great for fishing. Better still is the byway's proximity to downtown Logan. One minute, you can be catching brown trout in an alpine river and 10 minutes later, you're in a historic theatre enjoying a world-class performance.

With Logan, you get the often-considered impossible: the best of both worlds.

 

 

Utah's Heart of the Arts

To be, or not to be - that is not the question with Logan, when it comes to creativity. In Logan, there's no shortage of charisma and the nickname, Utah's heart of the artsis far from whimsical. It refers to a truth about Logan: it's Utah’s pinnacle of creativity. There are dozens of professional performing arts groups and summer especially sizzles with hundreds of performances.

Caine Lyric Theatre

For exciting drama and sincere, thought-provoking acting, head to the Caine Lyric Theatre on Center street. Built in 1913, it’s open year-round and hosts a variety of shows in true repertory each summer, from mystery to comedy, musicals and drama. Good things last, and the Caine Lyric Theatre is a prime example.

 

 

Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre

Opening on July the 5th and running through to August the 4th, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre hosts some of the United States' top theatre performers under one roof. Coming straight from New York's Broadway and opera stages across the country, 300 or so actors take on famed works like the Barber of Seville, The Secret Garden, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. This along with concerts, breakfast with performers and academy classes are yours to indulge.

Foodie Trek

Foodie treks are a great way to get familiar with a place, and Logan's isn't any different. Cache Valley exports fine foods across the globe and has gained a reputation for being a foodie-leader. You can see for yourself, embarking on their self-guided Foodie Trek. Some 20 different venues are open for you to visit, and there's no need to hold back on what you try. It features everything from ice cream and cheese to honey, coffee, and hand-dipped chocolates, and more.

 

 

The American West Heritage Center

A final attraction worth mentioning (and visiting) is the American West Heritage Center. Home to a mountain man camp, pioneer settlements and a working farm dating back to 1917 (yes, you can pet cute farm animals or learn to milk a cow), head here to get up to speed with frontier history. It’s great for kids and adults alike.

 

 

To Surmise

Logan is a captivating location. It's unique in Utah, in that it is so thoroughly creative, and utterly outdoorsy. Nothing can beat the short journey from the mountains to downtown. I can be on a perfect alpine trail and moments later, watching my favourite play, given by the world's top performers. It doesn't get any better. The area’s award-winning activities and amenities are very affordable, too - what more could you want?

 

This story has been created in partnership with Visit USA Parks

 


02/08/2018   10 Reasons You Must Visit Logan in the Summer

 

by RootsRated    -    Logan, UT    -   June 16, 2017

 

 Home to Utah State University, Logan is a charming mountain town that’s filled with recreational activities. (Explore Logan)

 

A picturesque, mountain-fringed town at the northernmost border of Utah, Logan is home to Utah State University and a friendly assortment of college students, professors, farming families, and outdoor recreation-loving folk. This mix makes the town as charming as it is interesting. It’s an unfussy and likable place where you can play in the mountains all day, then try famous local ice cream made with milk from local ranchers.

Rising above the town is one key canyon, Logan Canyon, and an array of smaller and less visited canyons. Logan Canyon is primetime for skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking. This canyon also gives access to an amazing and large freshwater lake, Bear Lake, where families can hightail it out of the summer heat and enjoy some boating or fishing.

It’s hard to cram all of Logan’s lures into one visit, but here are a few of our favorite ways to spend a day or two there.

1. Hike the Wind Caves 

Just ten minutes up Logan Canyon lies one of the must-do hikes: the Wind Caves. It logs 2 miles each way, ascending to some incredible wind-carved caverns and rock formations. Naturally the spot is fascinating for kids, but anyone can appreciate the interesting beauty of these caves. The views along the way can’t be beat, either.

2. Eat at the Bluebird Restaurant

Opened a century ago, this beloved mainstay still has its hand-painted murals and old-fashioned soda fountain popular in the 1920s. The restaurant is going strong today, thanks to its simple, classic American menu and small-town ambience.

3. Go for a Horseback Ride Up Logan Canyon 

Get to know the canyon’s farther reaches and spend a little time getting to know some friendly horses too. The Beaver Creek Lodge up Logan Canyon will help you arrange a guided horseback ride or an off-road adventure in a RZR side-by-side (or, in the winter, snowmobiles), which is fun for both adults and kiddos. You can even spend the night there if you’re digging the cool mountain air.

4. Go to Caffe Ibis

Caffe Ibis is "the" coffee spot in town, and it’s so well liked that the shop sells its coffee throughout the rest of the country as well. The café itself is a funky little spot that dedicates itself to sustainable, fair business practices and very tasty food. They’re open for both breakfast and lunch, with yummy baked goods and exceptional sandwiches.

5. Have a Bike Ride and Bonfire in Green Canyon

Green Canyon is a quiet side-canyon just outside town, with one main bike trail ascending its center. It makes for a mellow and scenic ride or walk—and along the way you’ll pass Scout Cave, a particularly popular place to have a bonfire. We’d dare say the combo of a bike ride, fire, and maybe a couple of frosty beverages adds up to the perfect day.

6. Stroll Main Street 

Logan’s Main Street feels like stepping back into a bygone era, but there are plenty of lively shops, cafes, and small local businesses humming right along. Take a few hours to stroll, window-shop, and choose where to duck in for lunch or dinner. Jack’s Wood-fired Pizza is one particular favorite, but possibly because you can never go wrong with pizza.

7. Hit Up the Gardeners Market on a Saturday Morning

This lively tradition is held each Saturday morning all summer at the Cache Historic Courthouse on 200 North and Main Street. The Cache Valley Gardeners Market is the place to try local produce, eats, and wares—usually with interesting art and music to boot. It’s a blast to wander, alone or with kids in tow.

8. Jump into Bear Lake

An hour up-canyon from Logan, Bear Lake is a great big blue lake with little towns surrounding. There are plenty of places to camp out, grab a bite from a local diner (be sure to have a raspberry shake), and rent watercraft and beach toys. For bonus fun, time your visit to coincide with their famous Raspberry Days festival, where the favorite local crop is celebrated (and eaten en masse).

9. Savor Local History at the American West Heritage Center 

Get a sense of local heritage—pioneer, early trappers, and turn-of-the-century farming—at this family-friendly living history center. There are hands-on activities and costumed interpreters to help you step back in time. They have lots of seasonally themed events to try out, from Baby Animal Days in the spring to a Harvest Festival and Haunted Corn Maze in fall. You can also arrange for a bison tour with a wagon ride.

10. See a Live Performance

Logan is Utah’s heart of the arts all summer long. They’ve got three historic theaters in their charming downtown and performers come from famous stages across the country. Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre presents grand opera and Broadway musicals with full orchestra, along with more than 100 concerts, lectures, classes, backstage tours and more mid-June through the first week in August. Catch a play at the Caine Lyric Theatre, which features a musical, mystery, drama and a comedy in repertory. Or take in a free concert at Noon Music at the Tabernacle every weekday mid-May through July. The longstanding popular series presents a variety of performers from flutes to harps to banjo to barbershop.

 

Written by RootsRated for Utah Office of Tourism.

 


12/18/2017   A Logan Canyon Adventure Guide

 

by Beth Lopez   -   Logan, UT   -   June 16, 2017

 

Logan Canyon is filled with memorable hikes. (Alan Cressler)

 

Far from any major city, a 43-mile-long mountain road winds its way through Logan Canyon, which connects the town of Logan with the shores of Bear Lake. The canyon accesses countless hiking paths, rock climbing routes, mountain biking trails, skiable acres, campsites, and secluded fishing spots. It’s the kind of place you could spend decades exploring—but even if you have only a weekend or a season, take the chance to get to know Logan Canyon’s treasures.

There’s little development within the canyon—just a small, family-owned ski resort, an overnight lodge, and a smattering of cabins and yurts. So there’s plenty of elbow room to go around. Here we’ll share a few of our favorite ways to enjoy the canyon—but keep in mind, there are secret powder stashes and perfect places to pitch a tent you’ll have to find for yourself too.

Hiking

 

The Wind Caves feature incredible rock formations and a great view of Logan Canyon. (Alan Cressler)

 

There are so many hiking trails in the canyon that it’s easy to find something to suit your group’s ability level or interests of the day. Families undertake the classic Wind Cave trail, a two-mile walk up to some incredible rock caverns far up the hillside. Those interested in a higher alpine experience—and a little more mileage—head to the White Pine Lake trail. It’s about four miles each way and tops out at a stunning little mountain lake surrounded by picturesque peaks.

Mountain Biking

A mountain biking mecca, this canyon has something at nearly every difficulty level. You’ll need a full guidebook to process all the options and directions—but to start with, Beaver Creek is perfect for beginners and families. It’s essentially a dirt road that stretches on for as many miles as you care to go, passing through gorgeous meadows and groves. Those with a little more experience should try the must-do trail, the Jardine Juniper Trail. It’s a moderate climb through pristine mountain terrain, topping out at Utah’s oldest tree, a 3,200 year-old juniper.

Rock Climbing

The canyon is home to dozens of rock walls with more than 400 sport and trad routes—many of which are classics. They vary from extremely easy to ridiculously challenging, and they draw climbers from all over the country (as well as from the college town below). China Wall is an extensive limestone wall with dozens of routes to test any climber’s mettle. And First Practice Wall and Second Practice Wall offer easier and top-ropable options for those still easing into it.

Skiing

Beaver Mountain, high up in the canyon, is beloved by locals and savvy ski bums alike. It’s a no-frills, family-run resort where beginners cluster on the bunny hill—but the steeper terrain remains untracked for hours or days after a storm. The Marge’s Triple lift on the far edge of the resort offers tree glades aplenty. And the potential for backcountry skiing here is unreal: the famed "backside of The Beav" offers lift-accessed backcountry powder runs for those with the avalanche gear and know-how to pull it off safely. If a little more power is your style, rent snowmobiles across the highway and experience 300 miles of groomed trails in one of the top 10 snowmobiling destinations in the West.

Fishing

 

The Logan River is a blue-ribbon trout stream, offering some of the best fly fishing in the state. (Alan Cressler)

 

Fly-fishing aficionados flock to the Logan River, a blue-ribbon trout stream hailed as one of the best in the region. The lower dams in the canyon are stocked and make easy summer fishing spots, with brown and rainbow trout aplenty. But farther up canyon, the stream feels wilder—with clear, pristine water and cutthroat trout for the catching.

Camping

There are multiple developed campgrounds in the canyon, including Spring Hollow Campground, the Lodge Campground, and Tony Grove Campground. All are stunning in their own right and offer great access to hiking and biking trails. Tony Grove is high elevation and stays plenty cool in the summer months, making it a godsend in July and August. Of course, if tent camping isn’t really your thing, you could always get a room at Beaver Creek Lodge. Not only will you snag a cozy bed, but you’ll have access to the lodge’s guided horseback and off-road side-by-side RZR rides in summer and snowmobile rides in 

We’ve only scratched the surface here with a tiny handful of place mentions—they’re a few of the high points, but plan to spend some time truly getting to know this incredible canyon. Its beauty and uncrowded nature are tough to beat any time of year.

 

Originally written for Utah Office of Tourism.

 


11/27/2017   A Foodie's Guide to Logan, Utah

 

By Beth Lopex (brand content opt out)   -    Logan, UT   -    June 16,2017

 

Logan, Utah, is known for its hand-dipped chocolates, as well as other foodie favorites. (Explore Logan)

 

Logan, Utah isn’t a highly formal foodie town—populated by college students, farmers, and outdoor recreationists, it’s a place where simple and homegrown serves best. Tradition overrides trends. And unfussy is key. For those who love to eat well, there are some very "Logan" finds here, ranging from a hundred-year-old diner to a bustling gardeners market and more than a dozen food production facilities and everything in between. They’ve even got a signature products tour to guarantee a true taste of the Valley.

They are famous for cheese plus coffee, Pepperidge Farm cookies, Cox honey from fourth-generation bee-keepers, Lower Meats, hand-dipped chocolates and more. Other unique products on the tour include handmade soaps and lotions, pajamas, and socks.

Here we’ll list just a few of our favorite stops, and what’s so uniquely local about them.

Bluebird Restaurant

This café is the longest operating in the state and has served as a town mainstay for more than a century, sitting in its current location since 1923. There are still items available from the original menu including teddy bear sundaes and shrimp, pea, and egg salad. They make their rolls with flour from Central Mills, which is ground in the area from locally grown grain. You’ll love the murals and old-time soda fountain. It’s still family run (closed Sundays) and, of course, family-friendly.

Aggie Creamery

 

Aggie Creamery offers a decadent treat. (Explore Logan)

 

Logan’s Utah State University is an agricultural institution by tradition (hence the school’s mascot, the Aggie). And nowhere does this manifest in a tastier way than at the Aggie Creamery, located on campus. Like the Bluebird, the Creamery has been there for decades. And they’ve truly perfected ice cream made with milk from local dairy cows. Its high butterfat and low air content make it decadently rich and creamy. Try the current flavor offerings like Aggie Bull Tracks or Aggie Blue Mint.

Caffe Ibis

 

Caffe Ibis is Logan’s go-to coffee shop. (Explore Logan)

 

The go-to town coffee shop, Ibis’ beans have gained notoriety nationwide. But there’s nothing like ducking into the cafe itself to sample the brews alongside home-baked pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch paninis. It’s an artful place with simple, sustainably sourced, and delicious food. Drop in for a quick bite to go, or settle in with a good book and stay a while.

Cache Valley Gardeners Market

 

The Gardeners Market features items grown or made within a 50-mile radius of Logan, including a wide variety of cheeses. (Explore Logan)

 

This is one place where the town’s agricultural roots shine in a big way: the Gardeners Market has grown every year into quite a robust culinary (and cultural) delight. Held every Saturday from mid-May to mid-October from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., this market is a food-lover’s playground. Everything sold is grown or made within a 50-mile radius, with the produce picked just hours before it hits the stand. Come hungry and come curious to sample and learn. You can now try not only fruit and veggies, but breads, cheeses, baked goods, herbs, granola, jams, honeys, and cheeses as well.

Crumb Brothers

Simply put, Crumb Brothers’ specialty European breads are ridiculously good. Like, you’ll-eat-a-whole-loaf good. And then you’ll buy another loaf to savor the next day. Their flour comes from a century-old local mill, and they carefully craft and bake their breads at a thoughtful pace. Every possible ingredient is locally sourced, and even the building uses sustainable energy sources including geothermal and solar. The only thing that could make all this any better is the sandwiches they make with their famous bread. Which is just what we recommend for lunchtime in Logan.

Le Nonne

In a little cottage in the middle of town lies an incredible Italian restaurant owned and run by a Tuscan native. The menu is jaw-droppingly good, especially considering it’s in a small Utah town far from Northern Italy. Le Nonne features homemade gnocchi, pastas, and sauces you’ll never forget. The summer patio is particularly popular—its trees offer shade on warm evenings, and the fresh air somehow makes all the fresh pasta even more fitting.

Herm’s Inn

In the early 1900s, this building started out as Herman’s Inn, a last stop-over before motorists left town and started the drive up Logan Canyon. The building was bought, restored, and transformed into a tasty and irreverent little restaurant several years ago. Now "Herm’s Inn," it feels funky and historic, serving from-scratch breakfasts and classic twists on lunch sandwiches. If you aren’t already sold, there’s a mac and cheese of the day every day, just as there should be everywhere.

 

Originally written for Utah Office of Tourism.

 


09/04/2017   7 Family-Friendly Outdoor Adventures in Logan

 

by Stewart Green   -   Logan, UT   -   June 16, 2017

 

Renting horses or off-road vehicles to explore Logan Canyon is a great activity for the whole family. (Explore Logan)

 

Logan offers unsurpassed adventures during Utah’s long summer. The small city spreads along the interface between the Wellsville Mountains, the broad Cache Valley, and the Bear River Range, offering the best of both worlds. You’ll find plenty of amenities like parks, urban trails, and cafes in Logan, while beyond the city limits beckons a world of outdoor fun. Logan Canyon slices through the mountains, offering world-class rock climbing, miles of hiking and biking trails, fly fishing in clear streams, and spectacular scenery. Keep your family amused for a week of Logan fun with these seven great summertime activities.

1. Hike Limber Pine Nature Trail

The Limber Pine Trail, one of Logan Canyon’s most popular family hikes, crowns the canyon’s 7,800-foot summit. The 2-mile hike is great for kids with gentle grades and stunning views of the canyon and Bear Lake. One highlight is five limber pine trees that have grown together for the last 570 years. Interpretive signs teach about the surroundings. Expect wildflowers, shade trees, and birds.

2. Live the Old West at the American West Heritage Center 

The American West Heritage Center just south of Logan invites you to park the car, pack away the cellphone, and time-travel back to the 1800s. This outdoor living-history museum invites you to see what life was like back in the good old days. You can easily spend the whole day here, rambling around and interacting with interpreters dressed in period costumes who go about their daily life in the Old West. There’s a pioneer settlement with a cabin and dugout; a mountain man encampment and trader cabin; a historic farm with the original 1917 house; pony rides; bison to see; and a woodworking shop. Kids can throw a tomahawk, set a beaver trap, spin wool, milk a cow, or have a two-person log-sawing contest. It’s loads of fun and a memorable living history lesson.

3. Camp, Swim, and Boat at Hyrum State Park

Hyrum State Park, with its 450-acre reservoir, is water-central for wet summer recreation in Cache Valley. The park, 15 minutes south of Logan, offers a host of family adventures. Kids can borrow a fishing pole from the park’s lending library and toss a line for rainbow trout, yellow perch, bluegill, and largemouth bass, or get on the lake by renting a standup paddleboard, kayak, or canoe. Lake View Campground on the north side of the lake offers RV and tent sites shaded by box elder, willow, and maple trees. The marina, boat ramp, and sandy swim beach are right there. There’s great birdwatching with a variety of species at the wetlands at the lake’s south end, so bring binoculars.

4. Get Natural at Stokes Nature Center

 

The Stokes Nature Center offers family-friendly hiking and other outdoor activities for the kids. (robmba)

 

Stokes Nature Center, a mile up Logan Canyon, is a fun place to learn about all creatures great and small. Stokes, reached by a short hike on the Logan River Trail, lies along the stony banks of the Logan River. The center, divided into two sections, has a preschool area with books, blocks, games, and a puppet theater. The other section offers a hands-on area for kids of all ages to learn about Utah’s plants and animals with games, mystery boxes, touch boxes with skulls and pine cones, and live animals like lizards, turtles, and snakes. After discovering natural Utah, head outside so the kids can ride a rope swing, look for trout in the river, or check out a teepee. The center also offers classes, field trips, and summer camps.

5. Camp, Hike, and Fish at Tony Grove Lake 

Is there anywhere better in summer than Utah’s high country? Nope. The Bear River Range, forming Logan’s eastern horizon, is a spectacular summer playground with alpine lakes, gorgeous scenery, and cool days. Tony Grove Lake, 25 miles east of Logan off Highway 89, is the best getaway for relaxing days. The glacier-excavated lake nestles against cliffs below high peaks. Additional trails begin at Tony Grove and you’ll bask in the beauty of wildflower-strewn meadows and pine forests. Pitch a tent in the 36-site campground, then stroll around the lake on a 1.2-mile trail, launch a canoe, or fish for trout. Watch for moose wading in the lake shallows.

6. Mountain Bike on the Logan River Trail

Plenty of technical mountain bike trails lace the highlands above Logan, but the best family-friendly ride is the easy 3.6-mile Logan River Trail. The out-and-back route, gaining only 300 feet, parallels the river in deep Logan Canyon. The first couple of miles, perfect for young riders and bike trailers, is a wide gravel track with plenty of places for a picnic or to toss a few rocks in the river. Past a dam is a mile-long section of intermediate single-track trail that offers good wheeled fun. The trail eases and widens for the last half-mile, passing another dam, to its end at Spring Hollow Campground. Turn around here and ride downhill for a 7.2-mile roundtrip adventure. The trail is multi-use so you’ll share with fishermen, hikers, and trail runners.

7. Go Wild and Wooly at Zootah

 

A small-town zoo in the heart of Logan, Zootah features more than 300 animals for kids to enjoy. (Whitney Mortensen)

 

Zootah is an intimate small-town zoo in the heart of Logan. The charming and affordable zoo in Willow Park is popular with visitors, residents, and school groups who come to see over 300 animals, including birds, reptiles, and mammals like elk, an albino porcupine, lynx, bobcat, and capuchin monkeys. Zootah focuses on education and conservation, with the friendly staff showing raptors and other critters. Kids love the zoo, reveling in the diverse animals and feeding fish and ducks. Nearby are other park areas, including a shaded picnic ground, duck pond, playground, and a complex of swimming pools with a kiddie pool, diving boards, and two water slides.

 

Originally written for Utah Office of Tourism.

 


06/24/2017   The Fascinating Story Behind Logan, Utah

 

 

by Jeff Banowetz   -   Logan, UT   -   June 16, 2017

 

Logan, Utah, is right in the center of the high-mountain Cache Valley, a favorite place for the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Indians, who roamed, hunted, and fished here for thousands of years. Next came the mountain men and trappers in the 1820s. They nearly depleted the area of its beaver population since hats and capes were all the rage in Europe and on the East Coast. The trappers stored their furs in "caches," a French word that means “to hide or store one’s treasure.” The caches were holes dug into the ground for their supplies and furs. Now you can find your own hidden treasure in Cache Valley.

Logan is now home to international high-tech businesses, farmers and ranchers, university students, arts lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts who still enjoy its small-town charm. The Wasatch-Cache National Forest is only 10 minutes from downtown and the world-class performing arts scene has earned Logan the nickname of Utah’s Heart of the Arts. All these facets of the community can be traced to the hobbies, innovation, and work ethic of the early pioneers who settled the valley in the 1850s.

Logan has been ranked as one of the safest cities in the nation plus the best place to be a kid, retire, and even start a business. Yet vacationers can still have much of the place to themselves.

The town itself dates back to 1859, when Brigham Young sent a group of settlers to Cache Valley to build a fort on the Logan River. By the following year, there were 100 houses in the development, which was named after Ephraim Logan, an early trapper who frequented the region. The town was laid out like Salt Lake City with wide streets and done on a grid system.

While the town of Logan wasn’t the only settlement in the Cache Valley, it soon became the largest due to its central location and abundant water, which served to supply both mills and irrigation. It became a place where farmers gathered to buy and sell their goods and eventually the city became the county seat. Early industry in the town included a sawmill, lime kiln, and a tannery. One of the first buildings built was a theater.

The first higher education came to Cache Valley when Brigham Young College was founded in 1878. After the passage of the Lund Act, the land-grant Utah State Agricultural College was founded 10 years later and its first students arrived in 1890. It’s now known as Utah State University.

 

People come from all over to rent horses to explore the beautiful mountains and vistas in Logan Canyon. (Explore Logan)

 

You can explore more about the history of the region at the American West Heritage Center, a 160-acre living history center that focuses on life in the region from 1820 to 1920. Visitors are treated to a hands-on learning environment, as mountain men, farmers, and pioneers dress in period costumes and encourage you to try your hand at fun skills and activities common for the people who lived back then.

The Hyrum Museum in the southern Cache Valley, takes an even broader view of history, with information that dates back from the prehistoric Lake Bonneville to development in the mid-20th Century. You can also check out the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum in historic downtown Logan and take a tour of the Tabernacle, a great example of early Mormon architecture.

One of the first buildings built in Logan was a theater and the community has honored and built this tradition of loving the performing arts for generations. There are three historic live-performance theaters booked with great shows year-round. Ticket prices are unbelievably affordable, the scenery and costumes are spectacular and the performances are brilliant.

The natural resources that first brought settlers to the region are once again drawing visitors. Only this time, it’s with hiking boots, bicycles, and fishing rods. Due to its high elevation, summers never get too hot in Logan, which means hikers can enjoy the trails in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest spring through fall (see a complete trail map of the region to discover just how much there is to explore).

 

Hikers will find an abundance of scenic options in Logan Canyon. (Explore Logan/Monique Beeley)

 

Camping, cycling, fishing, boating, horseback riding, and golf all attract people to the area in the summer months. When you’re not outside, you can take advantage of Logan’s burgeoning dining scene, which includes everything from fine dining to ethnic favorites and casual family-style diners.

The small town charm of Logan remains. It’s off the beaten path and thankfully so.

 

Originally written for Utah Office of Tourism.


06/16/2017   10 Tips from Locals on How to Make the Most of Your Time in Logan

 

 by Beth Lopez   -   Logan, UT   -   June 16, 2017

 

Logan, Utah, is known for its excellent hiking trails. (Alan Cressler)

 

The bustling community of Logan is just 80 miles from Salt Lake City, but it feels a world away. Set in Cache Valley between the Wellsville and Bear River Mountains, Logan is home to Utah State University, and it has a friendly, small-town vibe. Logan offers fast access to outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, climbing, boating, and skiing along with world-class performing arts. We went straight to the source, asking locals what they would recommend for first-time visitors to Logan. Here are the 10 tips they came up with:

1. Explore the Wind Caves 

Located five miles up Logan Canyon, this steep hike takes you four miles roundtrip and 2,300 feet up to a natural limestone triple arch and cave. On clear nights, views of Logan Canyon and the Milky Way make the Wind Caves one of the area’s most popular trails. If hiking at night, come prepared with headlamps to light your way. On summer days it’s best to hike early, as the trail is exposed and can be hot.

2. Embrace Your Inner Foodie

Logan has an array of unique and affordable locally owned restaurants, but foodies will especially appreciate a true taste of Cache Valley by taking a self-guided Cache Valley Signature Products Tour. You can visit more than a dozen businesses that make everything from cheese to cookies and ice cream to honey. And yes, there are samples! In addition to tasty treats from Gossner Cheese, Cox Honeyland, and Bluebird Chocolates you will also find handmade soaps, lotions, pajamas, and socks along the tour.

3. Take to the Rocks

Experienced rock climbers flock to Logan Canyon to ascend its overhanging limestone and quartzite faces from spring through fall. Cool canyon temperatures and low humidity make it enjoyable even in the summer. The majority of the canyon’s 275 routes are bolted sport climbs ranging in difficulty.

4. Camp Under the Stars

 

Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway is filled with scenic camping spots. (Devin Stein)

 

Enjoy the night sky or sleep in a cozy cabin at Hyrum State Park. This 450-acre manmade lake is a popular spot to boat, kayak, swim, waterski, wakeboard, and canoe. Canoe and boat rentals are available all summer long. Cast a line along the sandy shores and let the kids play along the beach. It's just 15 minutes from Logan in the town of Hyrum, so city amenities are easily accessible if you need them.

5. Hop on a Road Bike

Cache Valley and Logan’s diverse road biking options make it a popular place for new and experienced cyclists alike. Start with a flat, fast ride through Cache Valley’s beautiful rural farmlands—where you’re more likely to see a cow than a car. Then challenge yourself by pedaling 36 miles up and down Blacksmith Fork Canyon past canyon walls and hiking trails. Turn around at Hardware Ranch for a fast down-canyon descent.

6. Explore the Valley

Pick up or download a copy of the Heritage Driving Tour and spend a day or two visiting some or all of the charming 29 communities nestled in the 50-mile-long Cache Valley. It extends from Utah into Idaho and you’ll journey past huge fields of crops, cattle ranches, historic homes and untouched beauty. There are plenty of fun nuggets of information about each town and there’s even one called Paradise. Everyone should say they’ve been to Paradise and now you really can!

7. Go Fishing at Mountain Valley Trout Farm

 

Go fishing for trout in the shadow of the Wellsville Mountains. (Explore Logan)

 

You don’t need a fishing license to cast a line at Mountain Valley Trout Farm. Practice catch and release if you’d like, or keep the fish you catch and have it cleaned and filleted before you leave. Located in nearby Smithfield with a beautiful view of the Wellsville Mountains.

8. Catch a Show

Logan is Utah’s heart of the arts all summer long. They’ve got three historic theaters in their charming downtown and performers come from famous stages across the country. Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre presents grand opera and Broadway musicals with full orchestra, along with more than 100 concerts, lectures, classes, backstage tours and more mid-June through the first week in August. Catch a play at the Caine Lyric Theatre, which features a musical, mystery, drama and a comedy in repertory. Or take in a free concert at Noon Music at the Tabernacle every weekday mid-May through July. The longstanding popular series presents a variety of performers from flutes to harps to banjo to barbershop.

9. Hike Around Tony Grove Lake

If you're looking for an easier hike with a view, then hike to Tony Grove Lake This simple 1.2-mile trail winds around the lake. If you don't feel like hiking, you can rest your feet and take a kayak or canoe on its glacial waters. Fisherman flock to the beautiful lake too, but it’s actually best known for the spectacular summer wildflowers and brilliant fall colors that surround it.

10. Explore the Past at the American West Heritage Center

 

The American West Heritage Center offers visitors a look back at a time when the buffalo roamed—and you can see them for yourself. (Explore Logan/Julie Hollist)

 

Step back in time to experience the true Old West at the American West Heritage Center where history comes alive. Explore the Mountain Man Camp, pioneer settlements and 1917 working farm. Each venue has a variety of hands-on activities for you to try, demonstrations, and interpreters in period clothing to give you a taste of the past. Throw hatchets or learn to set traps with the mountain men; make rag dolls or compete in a two-man log-sawing contest on the pioneer site; learn to spin wool, weave rugs, milk a cow, check out the bison, or just enjoy the fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery on a wagon ride around the site.

 

Originally written for Utah Office of Tourism.