Located just 90 miles north of Salt Lake City, the city of Logan and the Cache Valley deliver a fabulous winter vacation. Annual snowfall of 400 inches yields a riding season from December to late April, and the area’s 300-plus miles of maintained snowmobile trails are known for their variety, quality grooming and fabulous scenery. But the weather can vary greatly, so come prepared.
Historic Logan is headquarters for lodging, dining and entertainment, with the restored 1883 Cache County Courthouse home to the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau and some great souvenir shopping.
Knowledgeable riders trailer out for Logan Canyon, stopping at historic Herm’s Inn for breakfast, and continuing on to the trail head at Beaver Creek Lodge. The Lodge can handle any snowmobile vacation needs with rental sleds and apparel for guided or unguided riding. The popular Beaver Creek Trail provides numerous play areas, while it and the Franklin Basin Trail also connect to more trails in Idaho.
Hardware Ranch is another popular destination and also offers close-up viewing of a 600-head herd of Elk. The Sinks Trail heads north from Hardware Ranch to access to some of the best play areas and hill climbing in the region, while the Temple Canyon Trail provides access to some of the best wildlife viewing in the area. And the Tony Grove Trail has excellent mountain riding opportunities as it climbs up to another play area at Tony Grove Lake.
All snowmobiles must be registered in Utah, with a modestly priced permit for non-residents available from local vendors. Elevations range from 6,500 to 10,000 feet, so high altitude tuning is necessary.
For a winter vacation that is second to none, visit explorelogan.com or call the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau at 800/882-4433.