Wagon Rides, American West Heritage Center in Logan Utah © Courtesy of Cache Valley Visitors Bureau
You’ll fall in love with fall when you explore Logan, Utah, nestled between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and Salt Lake City. The surrounding mountains pop with crimson, orange and yellow leaves from mid-September to mid-October. Celebrate the harvest season in our high mountain agricultural valley. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of autumn in Logan.
First, hike in fall splendour in the Wasatch Cache National Forest, just 10 minutes from downtown. Twenty-six trails provide opportunities for all skill and fitness levels. You can also birdwatch, fish, bike, and take gorgeous pictures. Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway (historic U.S. Hwy. 89) winds through the forest.
Stop in at Beaver Creek Lodge to rent horses and explore the mountains and spectacular views with experienced guides. For a little more adventure, rent a side-by-side RZR off-road vehicle. They seat four to six people and offer a fun, safe and comfortable way to explore the glorious backcountry.
Visit the gardeners’ market every Saturday morning at the historic courthouse for locally grown fresh produce, live music, good eats, and arts and crafts through mid-October. Get lost in two giant corn mazes where paths have been cut through hectares of corn stalks as you try to find your way through the challenge without getting lost. There are mazes made from hay bales for the little ones too.
And now for the harvest-themed festivals!
On Sept. 23, up to 30 giant pumpkin growers from around the region will bring their beauties to be weighed for the win. Most of the gourds top the scales at more than 459 kg! There will be music and tasty pumpkin specialties, pumpkin carving and painting, art, and more, all on Center Street in downtown Logan.
Our valley is famous throughout the United States for its cheeses and ice cream, so check out the free Cache Valley Cheese and Dairy Festival on Sept. 29-30. You’ll love cheese and ice cream samples, workshops on properly tasting cheeses, and creating a perfect charcuterie board. Games for kids, equipment displays, live music, mac n’ cheese, cheesecake contests, and good food are the ideal way to round out the weekend.
Step back in time at the American West Heritage Center’s Fall Harvest Festival, Oct.13-14. The Center is an outdoor living history museum celebrating the history of the American West with mountain men, pioneers, and farmers dressed in period costumes. There are demonstrations and plenty of hands-on activities for all ages. Don’t miss steam engine threshing with antique tractors, cider pressing, throwing tomahawks, corn shelling, riding ponies and a train, candle making, and more.
Make time to stroll through downtown Logan with its charming cafes, storefronts with character, and unique specialty shops. Also, Logan is Utah’s Heart of the Arts, with three historic live performance theatres in one block. They are booked with incredible live performances and classic films. You’ll also enjoy our self-guided Foodie Trek and Signature Products Tour with over 20 stops.
Fall in love with fall, or any other season, in Logan, Utah. Visit explorelogan.com for a calendar of events and things to do.