Cache Valley: Mile-High Nature

For snowmobile vacation variety, it’s tough to beat the city of Logan and the beautiful Cache Valley. With plenty of snow, a long season, outstanding riding, superior support services and loads of winter activities for after-snowmobiling entertainment, Logan and the Cache Valley cannot be topped for a truly memorable winter vacation.

With elevation ranging from 6,500 to 10,000-feet, this high country retains its 400-inch annual snowfall to provide a riding season that runs from December to late April. Weather can vary greatly, so come prepared and make sure your snowmobile is tuned for the altitude.

The area’s 300-plus miles of maintained snowmobile trails are known throughout the West for their variety, quality grooming and fabulous scenery. Convenient restrooms are available at some trail heads. Some riding areas also connect to trails in neighboring Idaho and Wyoming to provide serious touring opportunities. All snowmobiles must be registered in Utah, with non-residents required to have a modestly priced permit available from local vendors.

Many knowledgeable riders trailer out for Logan Canyon in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, stopping at historic Herm’s Inn for breakfast, and continuing on to the trail head at Beaver Creek Lodge. Other popular snowmobiling areas include Monte Cristo and Tony Grove. The Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area is another popular snowmobile destination, and while there you can park your sled to enjoy a sleigh ride for up-close viewing of a 700-head herd of elk. Ice fishing on nearby Bear Lake is another popular diversion, with the bonus of riding over to the Minnetonka Café in St. Charles or to Glady’s Place in Fish Haven for a great lunch.

Historic Logan is headquarters for support services including lodging, dining, shopping and varied entertainment opportunities. And right in the heart of the city, the restored 1883 Cache County Courthouse is home to the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau and some great souvenir shopping including the National Geographic water-proof, tear-proof topographic map of the Logan-Bear River Range.

Major events begin with Logan’s Winterfest on the last Friday and Saturday of January with special pricing on just about everything. Then in late March, take a break from your sled for the Beaver Bash, a day of festivities, frivolities, and great food at Beaver Mountain Ski Resort, the longest running family-operated ski resort in the nation. And after everything else, five different natural hot springs in the region can provide the pure relaxation that tops off a unique and memorable winter vacation.

Logan and the Cache Valley are located just 90 miles north of Salt Lake City. For a winter vacation with a variety of activities that is second to none, get more information at explorelogan.com or call the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau at 800/882-4433.

 

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