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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Fall in love with Autumn in Bear Lake Valley

September is almost here. I really love September in Bear Lake Valley! Its like a shoulder month. Kind of quiet yet all the fun places that are open through the summer are still going. The weather is still nice and warm during the day. At night you can bring out the hoodies and get cozy. […]

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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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May News!

Hello Everyone! Hope you’re having a fabulous day! Here at the Bear Lake Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau we are excited to start this incredibly fun blog! We hope if you are reading this that you visit this incredible valley!! Bear Lake Valley is so unique! The Valley has not just the best people in […]

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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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Adventure Checklist

How many things can you check off the list? Print Your List and Begin Your Adventure! Take lots of photos and share them with us on Facebook!

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Bear Lake Bingo!

On your way to see us? We’d love to see you! To entertain the young ones or even yourselves try out our Bear Lake Bingo! In the car or out of the car you will have a great time keeping yourself or your fellow travelers busy.

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