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Mountain Lion! The Story of Pumas and People

The exhibition blends science, history, and art to…


Mountain Lion! The Story of Pumas and People

The exhibition blends science, history, and art to…


Mountain Lion! The Story of Pumas and People

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Outdoor Recreation

Being a student at Utah State in the summer provides you with the valuable opportunity of expediting your college career while enjoying Cache Valley's summer recreation.

Here are just a few of the limitless outdoor recreation opportunities to provide a relaxing way to escape after a challenging day of courses.

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Exciting trails throughout the Wasatch-Cache National Forest and Cache Valley combine with wonderful weather during the summer to make hiking a great way to relax after a few hours in the classroom. Logan Canyon boasts some of the most picturesque landscapes anywhere.

Download the Cache Valley Hiking Guide here.

Rock Climbing

Many students spend hours each week honing their rock climbing skills when they aren't in the classroom. More than 275 routes have been developed and approximately 230 are bolt-protected sport climbs. Most climbs are in the 5.10 to 5.12 range. Utah State University's Outdoor Recreation Program has rental equipment for bouldering available.

Water Sports

Four reservoirs are located throughout Cache valley: Hyrum Dam is popular for waterskiing, fishing, and boating; Porcupine Reservoir is a great getaway and fishing spot; and water skiers also enjoy Newton and Cutler Reservoirs. Tony Grove Lake is a glacial lake located just 7 miles off Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway. It is known for its beautiful wildflowers, hiking, fishing, and canoeing. It is not open to motorized boats. Also, Bear Lake is less than an hour away!


More than 383 camp sites, 27 parks, and many picnic areas are located in Cache Valley and nearby Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Reservations are required at some campground sites during peak season. Utah State's Outdoor Recreation Program rents camping gear at an affordable price. The Cache Valley Visitors Bureau has a camping guide available for download.


Students will find some of the best fishing in the Rocky Mountain West in Cache Valley's lakes and rivers, including Blacksmith Fork River, Logan River, and Bear Lake. Second Dam is fully accessible. Tony Grove Lake is stocked with rainbow trout.

Download the Cache Valley Fishing Guide here.


Mountain biking is very popular in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest where the scenery includes rivers and lakes, forested canopies, and meadows of wildflowers. Plus, you can't beat scenic cycling rides through Cache Valley's small towns and farming communities. It's a great way to enjoy the summer weather while taking a break from classes. Aggie Blue Bikes provides a variety of bikes for FREE to the public.

Horseback Riding

Many trails wind through the high mountain wilderness area of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Discover breathtaking views, wildlife, and birds while riding across one of these many trails. Rent horses for guided tours at Beaver Creek Lodge. (435) 753-1076 or (800) 946-4485

Hot Springs

Within a 30-minute drive from downtown Logan, you can be soaking in natural hot springs. Take time after a stimulating day of courses to relax in one of five natural hot springs in the area.

See a list of local hot springs here.


Cache Valley boasts four golf courses. The Logan River and Birch Creek Golf Courses rank in the top courses in the state and top 500 courses in the nation.

Utah State's Outdoor Recreation Program also offers trips ranging from kayaking trips to day hikes.

Unique Summer Activities

Studying in Logan during the summer means that you will be able to take advantage of Cache Valley’s summer festivals, plays, and community activities:


(Thurs.-Sat. of Father's Day weekend)
Stroll through canopies of shade trees in the shadow of the beautiful Logan Tabernacle as you shop at booths featuring Intermountain West artists. The music festival hosts well-known local and regional acts. Sample local food specialties such as Dutch oven cooking, Navajo tacos, and more.

Logan Tabernacle Grounds
Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
(435) 213-3858


(First Saturday in July)
This is one of the largest and best vintage, hot rod, and collectible car shows in the western United States. The event draws car lovers from across the country. There are exhibit booths, entertainers, food, and a display of more than 1,000 cars and trucks. On Saturday evening, participants drive down Main Street for Logan's Run Parade.

Logan/Cache County Fairgrounds
400 South 500 West, Logan
(435) 563-3406


(June and July)
Summer performances feature actresses and actors from across the nation. Enjoy four plays--a comedy, drama, mystery, and musical.

Caine Lyric Theatre
28 West Center, Logan
(435) 797-8022 or (435) 797-3040


(July and August)
Enjoy lavish opera productions and musical performances at the exquisite Ellen Eccles Theatre. Performers from around the world make Logan their home for the summer and present excellent musical performances.

(435) 750-0300 ext. 106 or (800) 262-0074


(Last Saturday in June)
This interactive art show features 30-40 well know artists and artisans. It is held on 3 acres of shady lawn on one of Cache Valley’s first homesteads. The AVA hosts an art exhibit and silent auction in the historic home. Enjoy hot dogs and ice cream as you watch artists create their work. Musical entertainment runs throughout the day.

1491 E 2300 N
North Logan
(435) 752-4749


Saturdays May – October, 9 am - 1 pm
Saturday mornings finds a vibrant community of people shopping, listening to music, visiting and having fun. The Market today is not only the best place in Logan to find fresh, locally grown produce, our customers can also stroll through a weekly Fine Arts and Crafts Fair, while sipping on fresh-squeezed lemonade and eating fine pastries.

Merlin Olsen Park
100 S 200 E
Logan, UT 84321
email: gardenersmarket06@yahoo.com


Local artists and vendors show off their wares to the public in Historic Downtown Logan. It’s a great opportunity to meet the artists themselves and to enjoy local cuisine.

Alliance for the Varied Arts (AVA)
email: ava_gallery@yahoo.com http://www.centerforthearts.us/gallerywalk.html

Other events include demolition derbies, concerts by local musicians, and rodeos.

This content thanks to tourcachevalley.com

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