Several caves can be found in canyon areas near Logan and Bear Lake. Minnetonka Cave offers nine rooms full of stalactites, stalagmites and banded travertine. It is managed by the US Forest Service; guided tours are available from June through Labor Day.
Other caves do not have controlled access. Most are open to visitors at their own risk. People interested in learning about and exploring caves are encouraged to join grotto groups. These groups provide information and training so caves can be explored safely.
The Wind Caves are a popular stop in Logan Canyon. Years of wind and water erosion have cared a delicate triple arch and natural cave into a limestone outcropping that can be reached by hiking a 2-mile trail. Also known as Witch's Castle, this area provides a clear view of the China Wall formation as it winds through most of Logan Canyon’s midsection.
Logan Cave is now gated and closed to visitors to protect Townsend big-eared bats, a sensitive species that roosts in the cave.
Minnetonka Cave is located in St Charles Canyon, in Idaho. Its natural stalagmites, stalactites, and banded travertine have been forming for thousands of years and were discovered by Europeans in 1906. The cave is administered by the US Forest Service.
* Hours: 10 am to 5:30 pm, June to Labor Day
* Information: 435-245-4422
Paris Ice Cave also makes an interesting stop. It does not have as much cave decoration as Minntonka Cave, but is beautiful in its own right. It is located in Paris Canyon, above the town of Paris, Idaho (west of the town of St Charles). Watch for a sign on Highway 89 near the top of Bear Lake.
* Hours: 10 am - 5:30 pm, June - Labor Day
* Information: 435-245-4422
Hardware Ranch, Highway 101 at Mile Marker 22
Logan, UT 84324
Each year more than 600 Rocky Mountain elk make the ranch home for the winter. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride and learn about these magnificent creatures. On Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy a moonlit sleigh ride and dinner.
Nearby forests around are abundant with wildlife. Keep your eyes open for moose, elk, deer, and dozens of birds native to the area.
There are many hiking trails within this region including Deep Canyon - Coldwater Canyon Trail, Naomi Peak Trail, and part of the Great Western Trail
Fucoidal Quartzite, China Wall and Second Practice Wall, are three popular sites in Logan Canyon.
Logan Canyon is fast becoming a mecca for sport rock climbing. Boasting over 20 fixed routes, ranging from 'novice' climbs to Utah's toughest rated route. Climbers in the rugged canyon are encouraged to use proper equipment and to be careful not to disturb the native plants; an endangered plant, the McGuire primrose grows near many of the more popular routes. Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons are also very popular with climbers.
Logan Canyon Scenic Byway, Highway 89 east of Logan, is a 40 mile trip that takes you beneath breathtaking cliffs, alongside a rushing river and through forested canopies to Bear Lake. Picnic spots are available throughout the canyon.
Wellsville, Logan, Blacksmith Fork, Green and Smithfield Canyons all offer spectacular fall color tours from mid-September to October.
Beaver Creek, Franklin Basin and Hardware Ranch, are popular trails. There are over 200 miles of groomed and side trails and hundreds of bowls and “sinks” running through the Wasatch-Cache forests.
TUBING AND SLEDDING
In winter kids of all ages head for the hills with tubes, sleds, and just about anything that will slide over snow.
Willow Park Zoo, 419 West 700 South, has more than 600 animals. Admittance is free. Picnic areas are located next to the zoo. It’s open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to dusk except Christmas, Easter and New Year’s Day.