Description - Designated a National Forest Service Scenic Byway in 1989, the passageway through Logan Canyon has long been recognized as a gateway to spectacular scenic beauty and recreation. Every year people flock to the canyon's towering limestone cliffs, bursting meadows of wildflowers, and famous crystalline trout streams in search of fun, adventure, and relaxation.
Few visitors realize, however, that many of these same sites also offer keys to the canyon's rich cultural heritage--a wealth of stories and events whose lingering memories infuse the canyon with a compelling human spirit and bind its history to that of the surrounding communities.
Portraits in Time: Logan Canyon, published by Bridgerland Travel Region and USFS-Logan Ranger District, ~1995
- The Logan Canyon Scenic Byway is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.
Directions from : Starting from Logan: Start from the intersection of Main and 400 North in Logan. The Logan River parallels the Hwy 89 most of the way, cutting its way through jagged cliff faces. Maple, aspen, and willow trees screen from view the pleasant campsites and parking areas which border the river and road. Gradually the jagged cuts and mountains beside the road smooth out into high-altitude riparian meadows teeming with sagebrush and willow. Maple and juniper give way to forests of aspen and lodgepole pine as you climb toward the summit. About 45 minutes after you enter Logan Canyon, you will reach the Summit and soon see lovely Bear Lake before you. Garden City is at the foot of the long slope. When you reach the t-stop at the bottom of the slope turn left. Hwy 89 continues left here to the Utah-Idaho border and the end of the Logan Canyon Scenic Byway. Starting from Utah-Idaho Terminus: Take Hwy 89 south along Bear Lake on your left until you reach Garden City. Hwy 89 turns sharply right at the intersection with Hwy 30. Follow it. The byway will climb a few miles up a steep and winding road. Bear Lake Overlook is near the summit, and the rest of the way into Logan is mostly downhill. You will first drive through high-altitude riparian meadows teeming with sagebrush and willow. Beaver Mountain Ski Resort's turnoff is shortly before the beginning of a short rise into more rugged terrain. Cliffs and sharp slopes, shoulders which drop away into tree-lined depths or else tower beside the road in ochre-colored cuts will greet you as you drive the curving decline. 30 minutes past this point you will emerge from the Canyon and climb a short rise to see southern Logan spread out beside you. Once you reach the busy corner of Main St. and 400 North, you are at the end of the Logan Canyon Scenic Byway. Note: Winter weather can be severe in Logan Canyon, so the Highway Patrol may require that your vehicle carry chains from November through March.