The Fascinating History of Bear Lake Valley

Dramatic landscapes crisscrossed by the Oregon and California Trails. A raucous, early 19th-century shindig among fur trappers and Native Americans. A bank heist by one of the West’s most notorious criminals. Straddling the Utah and Idaho border, Bear Lake Valley boasts an incredible history that’s just waiting to be explored by modern-day visitors. From the […]

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Bear Lake Valley: A Year-Round Outdoor Adventure Destination

Straddling the Utah and Idaho border, Bear Lake Valley is more than just a summer playground—it’s a year-round destination for outdoor adventure. The 20-mile-long lake and surrounding mountains offer diverse outdoor opportunities from boating and fishing (including ice!) to hiking and skiing. You’ll also find some of the region’s most iconic historic sites, a wildlife […]

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5 Ways to Enjoy a Day on the Water at Bear Lake Valley

Straddling the Utah and Idaho border, Bear Lake Valley is the perfect destination for summer fun. Visitors will find hot, sunny days to spend on the warm, clear water of the huge lake, which features 48 miles of sandy shoreline. It’s one of North America’s oldest lakes, dating back nearly 250,000 years. Today, it’s often […]

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How to Revel in Berries in Bear Lake

Every summer, northern Utah’s Bear Lake area awakes from its winter slumber to welcome visitors who drive up to escape the heat of lower locales. Boats come out, beachside picnic tables fill up, and kids run straight into the chilly ice-blue water without a moment’s hesitation. The town of Garden City springs to life, its […]

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8 Reasons Why the Shoulder Season is the Best Time to Visit Bear Lake

Stradling the Utah and Idaho state line, Bear Lake is often called the “Caribbean of the Rockies” for its naturally brilliant blue waters. Popular with boaters and outdoor enthusiasts for its recreational opportunities, the lake attracts big crowds in summer months, packing the town and lake. If you’re looking to skip lines and busy beaches, […]

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An Insider’s Guide to Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Sandwiched between mountain ranges, the gorgeous Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge stretches for almost 18,000 acres across the Idaho and Utah border near Montpelier, Idaho. This wild sanctuary safeguards the crucial habitats that native birds and animals need to survive, free from human development. That said, it is possible to visit the refuge and see […]

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Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

Come for the Cisco Disco, stay for the party and learn about the lake's monster lore The best part of the annual January morning cookout at Bear Lake? "The Cisco!" says 8-year-old Annie Ballingham, without hesitation. The Bonneville Cisco, makes its home in this solitary, Northern Utah body of water. Not only is it unique […]

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Beyond the Lake

As we sail through the silent forest on our sleds, large flakes fall slowly on the Sinks of Northern Utah. The Sinks are a natural limestone sinkhole in Logan Canyon, and have the dubious distinction of being the coldest spot in Utah. They are also known for the second-coldest recorded temperature in the lower 48 […]

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