Logan -


Canyon walls, Utah

Get in

Drive north on I-15 from Salt Lake City. Take exit 364 (Brigham City), and follow US 89/91 through the mountains into Cache Valley. US 89 and 91 split in downtown Logan.

US 89 heads northeast through scenic Logan Canyon to Bear Lake, a popular tourist destination, while US 91 heads north into Idaho. A regional airport also serves Logan although no commercial commuter flights are available at this time.

Get around

Driving, riding the bus, walking, and cycling are convenient ways to get around town. Free municipal buses serve Logan and surrounding communities with a simple route system that radiates out from the transit center every half hour. All buses are equipped to carry two or three bicycles.

Main Street is heavily used and often congested but parallel streets often provide faster access within Logan. Utah State University, on the east side of town, sits on the Provo Bench of ancient Lake Bonneville, about 250 feet higher than downtown Logan. This elevation difference is a major deterrent to non-motorized transportation.

Streets throughout the old grid part of town are wide, thanks to the admonition of Brigham Young to lay out early Utah cities with streets wide enough to turn an oxen-drawn wagon around, so there is plenty of room for cyclists.

Logan is a fair-sized town and is growing rapidly, located in the Cache Valley region of northern Utah. The town is home to Utah State University, a state school with approximately 20,000 students. Logan offers a wealth of outdoor activities, including some excellent hiking, mountain biking, sport climbing, kayaking, fly-fishing, and skiing. Luckily, Logan remains relatively undiscovered, so many of these activities can be experienced in far less crowded conditions than those found in other, similar areas of the US.

Activities

Hike the Wind Caves trail. 2.6 mile round trip, 900' elevation gain. The trail winds up the north side of Logan Canyon, through maple groves, to a small formation of caves and arches. Offers a beautiful view down into the canyon as well. Trailhead is ~5 miles up US 89 into Logan Canyon, located on the north side of the road opposite Guinavah-Malibu Campground.

Hike the Naomi Peak trail. 5.8 mile round trip, 1980' elevation gain. Naomi Peak (9980) is the highest point in the Bear River Range. The trail leads through meadows full of wildflowers to the peak, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and of the Cache Valley. Trailhead is located at Tony Grove Lake. Take US 89 approximately 19 miles up Logan Canyon to the Tony Grove turnoff. The lake (and trailhead) are 7 miles from US 89.

See CacheTrails.org, website for the local trail maintenance organization.

Attractions

Logan Canyon is located along US 89 northeast of Logan, Logan Canyon is a long, scenic canyon that offers numerous hiking and camping opportunities. Tony Grove, near the summit, is among the most popular camping area, and marks the beginning of several trails. Beaver Mountain, further up the canyon, is the local ski area. Logan Canyon itself is very scenic, and offers spectacular fall colors that rival those of New England. During winter, temperatures are excessively cold and the road may be closed at any time due to heavy snow. Numerous sinks lie near Logan Canyon, and these areas are popular for snowmobiling. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Utah was in Peter's Sink, near Logan Canyon, a frigid -69F (-56C). Cave exploring and rock-climbing are also popular activities in Logan Canyon.

Dining

  Angies, 690 North Main - "where the locals eat" - ask about the "kitchen sink" for dessert.
  Blue Sage, 875 South Main (in Smithfield), (435) 563-5652 - A southwestern bistro with some of the best food in Cache Valley, located north along US 91 in Smithfield.
  Cafe Sabor, 600 W Center St, (435) 752-8088. Very good Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant. Located in a former railway station.
  Le Nonne, 132 N. Main St, (435) 752-9577. Great Italian cuisine with a good selection of wines! This restaurant recently moved to a new location on 100 E, just around the corner from Caffe Ibis. The new location is a beautiful old house that has been converted into a restaurant, and includes a tranquil, tree-shaded outdoor dining area. Highly recommended!
  Tanpopo, 55 W 1000 N. Fine Japanese food in the heart of the Cache Valley. The Shogun platter is highly recommended.

Drink

  Caffe Ibis, 52 Federal Ave (in downtown Logan) - Offers excellent organic, shade-grown coffee, as well as sandwiches and wraps fresh from the deli.
  The White Owl. Located on Center St just west of Main St, has a good selection of beers from inside and outside of Utah. During the summer the upstairs deck offers fresh air, good company, and a view of the Wellsville Mountains to the west.

Links

  Cache Valley Tourist Council 

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