Utah Stops on the Way

Dramatic Scenes in Logan and Cache Valley

Catch a glimpse into pioneer living and enjoy live theater on the way to Yellowstone.

Hiking on the Wind Cave Trail near Logan in Cache Valley, Utah
Hiking on the Wind Cave Trail near LoganPhoto by Monique Beeley courtesy of Cache Valley Visitors Bureau

Indoors or outside, you’ll find adventure when you stop in Logan, Utah, on your trip from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone. Soak in hot springs or stretch your legs on local trails in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest and Cache Valley, including a 2-mile one-way trek to see a triple arch rock formation and the Wind Caves. Then head back to town to explore pioneer life or see a live show.

Utah’s Time Machine

Experience the pioneer days at the American West Heritage Center.

Passing through Utah’s Cache Valley during the mid-to-late 1800s, you would have been greeted by a collection of cowboys, farmers, pioneers and mountain men. Today, that piece of Utah history is generally gone, unless you stop by Cache Valley’s American West Heritage Center.

This 160-acre center at the foot of the Wellsville Mountains will send you back in time better than most and give you a sense of the valley’s culture. The center’s Mountain Man Camp, mock-pioneer settlements and a working farm straight from 1917, all come complete with interpreters in period clothing, offering the real American West experience.

Throw tomahawks or learn to set traps and identify furs with the mountain men; make rag dolls or compete in a two-man log-sawing contest; learn to spin wool, weave rugs, milk a cow or just enjoy a wagon ride.

Blacksmith at the American West Heritage Center. Photo by Mike Bullock courtesy of Cache Valley Visitors Bureau
Blacksmith at the American West Heritage Center. Mike Bullock courtesy of Cache Valley Visitors Bureau

The Welcome Center features a number of exhibits on local history, plus staff can take visitors out to the center’s bison enclosure for an up-close look at the animals.

Part of the full pioneer experience comes from pulling your own handcart. There’s no better way to learn about the pioneers than to follow in their footsteps- literally. 

On Stage

Theater production of \
Theater production of \”Hot to Succeed at Business\” at the Utah Festival. Photo courtesy of Cache Valley Visitors Bureau

Every summer, Cache Valley becomes Utah’s “Heart of the Arts,” featuring three live-performance theaters with great shows. In Logan, professionals from the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway perform opera and musicals as part of the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre at the Ellen Eccles Theatre. At the Caine Lyric Theatre, performers star in plays.

Every summer weekday, Noon Music at the Tabernacle hosts a free concert with a range of music, including barbershop quartets and instrumental pieces with flutes and even banjos. 

For more information:

Cache Valley Visitors Bureau
(800) 882-4433
199 N Main St, Logan, UT

American West Heritage Center
(435) 245-6050
4025 S. Hwy 89-91 Wellsville, UT 84339