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    Willard Bay State Park

    Willow Creek Campground Rd Willard, UT 84340

    Nesting Species include Black-headed Grosbeak, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler, and Song Sparrow: Boneparte’s Gull, Bald Eagle, Common Tern, Hooded Meganser, and Common Loon in the fall and early winter. Visit this site any season. Get more information about Willard Bay on their website listed below.Boat, swim, water ski, and fish on the warm […]

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    Westside Ranger District

    330 E 155 S St, Malad City, ID 83252

    Manages the activities of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and the Curlew National Grassland. Also manages the activitis of the BLM lands in the region.

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    Weston Reservoir

    Deep Creek Rd, Weston, ID 83286

    Birds of prey and water fowl. Visit this site spring and summer.

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    Wellsville Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum

    75 S 100 E Wellsville, UT 84339

    See a collection of pioneer artifacts and take a tour of the Mormon tabernacle in the first town to be established in Cache Valley (the south end of the valley, just off Hwy 89/91).

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    Utah State University Outdoor Recreation

    899 E 1200 N Utah State University Logan, UT 84322

    Open to students as well as non-students. The outdoor rec center features equipment rental, trip information, library and some guided day trips. Some of the equipment that is available to rent includes canoes, kayaks, white water rafts, mountain bikes, back packs, tents, sleeping bags and other camping gear. For winter sports there are cross country and telemark skis […]

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    Utah State University Museum of Anthropology

    400 North 700 East, Logan, UT 84322

    This teaching museum houses exhibits on the early inhabitants of the Great Basin and other regions of the world. Admission is free. Docent guidance or self-guided exploration.

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    Upper Portneuf River

    Chesterfield Dam Rd, Bancroft, ID 83217

    Birding area. Song birds, birds of prey, upland birds, water fowl, as well as Sandhill Cranes, Sharp-tail Grouse and Sage Grouse. Local habitat includes farmland, and mixed forest. Visit this site any season but winter.

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    Twin Lakes

    Twin Lakes Road, Clifton, ID 83228

    This wetlands area offers song birds, marsh birds, water fowl, and many loons in the spring. Visit this site in spring and summer.

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    Twain Tippetts Gallery

    N 1200 E & E 700 N, Logan, UT 84321

    This changing gallery features the work of student artists.

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    Tony Grove Lake-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

    Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest FR140 Richmond, UT 84333

    Known as the crown jewel of the Bear River Range, this glacial lake greets visitors with an explosion of summer wildflowers and lush green plants. Tony Grove was formed by powerful and slow-moving glaciers, as evidenced by the huge boulders deposited around the lake. Moose are often spotted taking advantage of the water’s cool summer […]

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    The National Oregon - California Trail Center

    322 North 4th Street, Montpelier, ID 83254

    History comes to life in this museum where you can interact with costumed guides depicting some of the thousands who traversed the 2,000 miles of the Oregon/California Trails. View a 20-minute historical video, and ride in a bumping covered wagon simulator. Visit Peg Leg Smith’s Gift Shop. Call for events scheduled at the Allinger Community […]

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    The Iron Door Playhouse

    59 South Main, Malad, ID 83252

    Local actors and actresses put on theater productions. Cowboy poetry.

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    The Garden City Park Boardwalk

    Lido Point Rd, Garden City, UT 84028

    Amble through the cattails and learn about wetlands ecology on this short boardwalk from Garden City Park to the lake shore.

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    The Bear Lake Scenic Biking and Walking Trail

    680 S Bear Lake Blvd, Garden City, UT 84028

    A 4.2 mile paved walking and biking trail that goes from Bear Lake State Park Marina to Ideal Beach with interpretive signs and park benches. Access the trail from any point along the route.

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    Soda Springs Ranger District

    401 E Hooper Ave, Soda Springs, ID 83276

    In Caribou County, manages the activities of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Books, maps, travel and recreation information available.

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    Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area

    Little Mountain Rd, Tremonton, UT 84337

    This site offers Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle (winter), Cinnamon Teal and Sandhill Crane. Directions on how to get there are available on the website. Take the Corrine exit off I-15.  When you get into the town of Corrine follow the signs that point you in the direction of the Golden Spike Historical Site.  Travel to […]

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    Riverside Nature Trail

    FR038, Logan, UT 84321

    Riverside Nature Trail is one of the best birding spots in Logan Canyon. Look for Fox Sparrow, Orange-crowned Warbler, Hermit and Swainson’s Thrush, Gray Catbird, Lazuli Bunting, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Warbling Vireo, and Cordileran Flycatcher. Near Spring Hollow Campground is a small reservoir good for viewing Barrow’s and Common Goldeneye during winter. Campground hosts at Spring Hollow […]

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    Riverdale Hot Springs

    3696 N 1600 E, Preston, ID 83263

    Riverdale Resort features a large outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs fed by natural hot water, including a therapeutic jetted tub. A hydrotube pool and children’s pool make this a good family outing. A gaming room and snack bar compliment the changing and locker rooms. The resort has eight motel rooms with hot tubs in […]

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    Rails and Trails Museum

    322 North 4th Street, Montpelier, ID 83254

    Local and regional railroad history and artifacts. Located downstairs in the Trail Center.

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    Providence City Walking Tour

    10 South Main Street, Providence, UT 84332

    Printable walking tour of historic sites and buildings in the city of Providence, Utah

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    Pioneering Adventures

    220 West 2nd North Street, Paris, ID 83261

    Pioneer style living farm. Hay wagon & covered wagon rides, Dutch oven dinners, tipi village, camping, reunions and special events, including hand cart treks with Pioneer program. Visit Pioneering Adventures on their website.

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    Pioneer Historic Museum

    112 S Main St, Soda Springs, ID 83276

    The Daughters of Utah Pioneers built this museum in 1983. It features antiques, photographs, and books, depicting local history. Special tours outside the regular hours and days can be arranged by calling the numbers below. Call Sanders Furniture at 208.547.3706 and ask for Linda. Or call 208.547.3831; 208-547-3770.

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    Pioneer Historic Byway

    181 S State St, Franklin, ID 83237

    On this route, travelers can retrace some steps of Idaho’s pioneers and follow the path taken by early-day Yellowstone Park visitors. From Franklin, Idaho’s oldest settlement, it follows US Hwy 91 north to Preston, then Idaho State Hwy 34 north through Thatcher and Grace to US Hwy 30. It then goes east to Soda Springs, where it […]

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    Pickleville Playhouse

    2049 South Bear Lake Blvd., Garden City, UT 84028

    A delightful family operated theatre that features “mellerdramers” and other productions suitable for any audience, along with a meal for any appetite before the show. And yes, there really was a town called Pickleville, right here! It was named after Warren W. Pickle, who secured funding for a culinary water project in the 1870s. Pickleville […]

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    Paradise Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum

    8970 South 200 West, Paradise, UT 84103

    Artifacts from the early history of Paradise and southern Cache Valley are preserved in this museum which is housed in the old Mormon tithing office.

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    Oxford Slough

    Oxford Rd, Swanlake, ID 83281

    This wetlands area offers song birds, shore birds, marine birds, marsh birds, water fowl, and Sandhill Cranes. Visit this site any season but winter.  1 mile north of Oxford, Idaho. Take Westside Highway north, from Dayton or south from Swan Lake.

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    Oregon Trail - Bear Lake Scenic Byway

    2842 N Bear Lake Blvd, Fish Haven, UT 83287

    The intersection of US Hwy 89 and US Hwy 30 at Montpelier is the site of the attractive National Oregon-California Trail Center dedicated to the history and scenic wonders of the 2000-mile Oregon-California Trail, part of the largest voluntary migration ever. The sites in this area are documented in diaries of the emigrants, in military records, by early mountain men, and […]

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    Oneida Pioneer Museum

    27 Bannock Street, Malad, ID 83252

    This local museum is housed in a building that was built in 1914 as a drug store. The original safe and pressed-tin ceiling are still intact. The museum had its origins in a collection of mementos gathered by Miss Hattie Morgan and the Native Daughters of the Idaho Pioneers group in the 1930s. The museum […]

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    Oneida Narrows Reservoir

    Oneida Narrows Rd, Thatcher, ID 83283

    This area contains wetland and juniper habitats, expect to see song birds, birds of prey, upland birds water fowl. Some visitors have seen Trumpeter Swans in the winter, as well as Wild Turkey, Eagle and Osprey. Visit this site any season but winter.

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    Old Barn Community Theatre

    3605 Bigler Road, Collinston, UT 84306

    In an 1867 stage stop barn, the Old Barn Community Theatre produces four plays per year, each running four weekends. In the summer they host a barn burner with a Dutch oven dinner on opening night and at Christmas they host a Gala at opening. Check Old Barn Community Theatre on their website below.

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    Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation

    707 North Main Street, Brigham City, UT 84302

    Utah and Southeastern Idaho were settled first by the Shoshone. Today’s Shoshone are especially well-known for their beadwork. Stop by the offices of the Northwestern Band and get information on events and artisans from Patty Timbimboo-Madsen, Cultural and Natural Resource Director.

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    Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art

    Bullen Hall, Logan, UT 84321

    The museum has one of the largest permanent collections in the Intermountain Region, featuring western and international artists, a fine ceramics collection, and Native American Artwork. Regularly changing exhibits bring a variety of fine arts and crafts to patrons.

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    Muddy Road Outfitters

    4705 W. 3800 N. Benson, Utah 84335

    Jim and Barbara Waterson are knowledgeable about the waterways of the Bear River and its tributaries in Cache Valley. They have been helping people with their canoe trips for eight years. There are fourteen canoes available for rent. There are also maps and “water blaster” squirt guns available to use on your canoeing adventure. Visit […]

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    Montpelier Ranger District

    322 North 4th Street, Montpelier, ID 83254

    In Bear Lake County, manages the activities of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Books, maps, travel and recreation information available. Located in the Oregon-California Trail Center at 322 North 4th Street, Montpelier, Idaho.

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    Monsanto Soda Springs Plant

    1853 US State Hwy 34 North, Soda Springs, ID 83276

    Southeast Idaho has a long history of phosphate mining and processing, and the most visible evidence of that industry is Monsanto’s elemental phosphorous plant just north of Soda Springs. Established in 1952, the plant runs three furnaces that turn phosphate ore into elemental phosphorous, which is used in herbicides, hydraulic fluids, and food prouducts. Waste slag […]

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    Minnetonka Cave

    St Charles Creek Rd, St Charles, ID 83272

    Located in Wasatch-Cache National Forest, this underground cave experience is one for the entire family. Its natural stalagmites, stalactites, and banded travertine have been forming for thousands of years and were discovered by Europeans in 1906. The cave is administered by the US Forest Service.

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    Mendon Utah

    Mendon, Utah

    Excellent website with information about the history of Mendon, Utah, produced by local historian Rodney Sorenson. The website includes stories of historical events, oral histories of Mendon residents past and present, annual events, historic buildings and complete cemetery listings.

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    Martin Harris Pagaent

    W 11000 N, Clarkston, UT 84305

    The town of Clarkston is home to an annual pageant chronicling the life of LDS Church leader Martin Harris, who helped finance the first printing of the Book of Mormon. Harris is buried in Clarkston, where he made his home during the last part of his life. According to the pageant website, “Now over 20 […]

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    Marble Park

    11598 W 11200 N Tremonton, UT 84337

    Folk art at its best! Artistry in iron etches the skyline with prancing horses, wagons, and wheels. Have a picnic lunch or barbecue while your kids enjoy the playground, and view a display of horse-drawn wagons and equipment. Look for pieces like the Utah History timeline and the Bicentennial arch–all made from old scrap, tools, […]

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    Maple Grove Wellness Springs

    11386 N. Oneida Narrows Rd, Thatcher, ID 83283

    In the early 1900s the Hopkins family homesteaded the site where this hotsprings was developed, and for many years it was known to locals as Hopkins Hot Springs. You can read about the interesting history of this family and the original uses of the site at the front desk of Maple Grove Hot Springs. Hopkins […]

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    Malad Welsh Heritage Festival

    100 1st W St, Malad City, ID 83252

    With the goal of appreciation and education about Welsh settlement in Malad Valley, the Welsh Society was formed in 2004. Malad is a natural location for a Welsh festival as it has the largest per capita concentration of persons of Welsh ancestry outside Wales itself. The Welsh Society has the following goals: Increase awareness of and pride […]

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    Lucin

    Grouse Creek Rd, Wendover, UT 84083

    Lucin, a small settlement that served a stretch of the Southern Pacific Railroad that is now abandoned is a west desert oasis sometimes referred to as a “warbler trap.” At first glance Lucin looks like a small pond with some surrounding trees, but it is much more, especially during spring and fall migrations with more […]

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    Logan Regional Family History Center

    50 North Main, Logan, UT 84321

    Find out about your family history at this fascinating center, which has computers that tie into the famous genealogy library located in Salt Lake City. Just type in your name, and find a long-lost relative! The Logan Regional Family History center is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) […]

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    Logan Ranger District and Visitor Center

    1500 US-89, Logan, UT 84321

    Ranger districts typically manage recreation facilities and activities, handle special permits, and sponsor interpretive education programs. Stop by the Logan Ranger District and Visitor Center to load up on maps, get acquainted with recreation opportunities, check on current conditions, and learn more about how to keep the Forest healthy. The Logan Ranger District has two Wilderness […]

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    Logan Canyon Scenic Byway

    1500 US-89, Logan, UT 84321

    Whether you travel by foot, bicycle or car, a journey along the Logan Canyon Scenic Byway offers enough wild natural beauty, diverse recreational opportunities and fascinating stories to satisfy even the most demanding adventurer.  Located approximately ninety miles north of Salt Lake City, this winding stretch of U.S. 89 runs from the city of Logan […]

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    Little Creek Reservoir

    3 miles east of Randolph, UT 84064

    Birdwatchers can expect to see Double-crested Cormorant, Dusky Flycatcher. For more birding drive up either Old or New Canyon west of the reservoir.

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    Limber Pine Nature Trail

    SR 102, Garden City, UT 84028

    Limber Pine Nature Trail 004 Trailheads: Limber Pine Nature Trail, Bear Lake summit on US 89 about 30.7 miles from Logan Elevation Start/Middle/End:7800/7880/7800 feet Length: 1.3 mile round trip Ref map (7.5 min): Garden City Features: A short walk with an elevation change of about 80 feet attained by a series of switchbacks through the […]

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    Lava Hot Springs

    196 Main St, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246

    Lava Hot Springs is a community rich in western history. The abundance of natural resources in the region such as the odor-free mineral hot springs, plentiful wildlife, and water supplies attracted many American Indian tribes who welcomed the opportunity to bathe, rest and worship in an area regarded by all as neutral territory. Westward exploration […]