As the snow and cold of winter finally break their frigid grip on northern Utah, spring travel is just around the corner. Bluebird are days becoming more common and the temperature is slowly creeping back up into shorts weather — it’s time to hit the road, find a trail, and get back to exploring the wilderness and beauty of the Rockies. From southern Idaho to southeast Utah, and everywhere in between, adventure is around every corner, with a few must-visit destinations to warm you up for an amazing spring and summer season. Whether you stay close to the Cache Valley, head to Joe’s Valley, or check out Craters of the Moon, make sure you go outside and enjoy the return of the longer days and returning warmth.
Before exploring the majesty of the Rockies, make sure you go online and visit the largest single employer in Nibley, Utah: CampSaver.com. The online company is local, and started in an apartment at Utah State University in Logan before it moved south to Nibley. Today, more than 75 dedicated outdoor enthusiasts work for CampSaver. The online store has a great selection of Osprey gear, including the Kode and Farpoint series. Fantastic online customer service will ensure that the gear you select will be perfect upon delivery, letting you get out into the wonders of the Rockies looking stylish, while still being safe and comfortable.
Once you have your car loaded up and gear packed and ready to go, there are numerous destinations to explore just a few miles outside the greater Logan region of Utah. By staying local, you can grab your Osprey Kode filled with late winter gear, and head into the mountains for snowy fun in the sun. Your first adventure should be climbing Logan Peak, which stands at 9,700 feet. It has panoramic vistas that extend hundreds of miles in every direction, including stunning views of Northern Utah, and glimpses of the Wasatch Mountains, the Uinta Range of southern Idaho, and even southwestern Wyoming.
This is a must-hike for anyone passing through or living in the region. While it is most often hiked in the summer, a late winter summit bid will leave you excited for more adventure throughout the year. If Logan Peak is old news, head up to the Wellsville Range to enjoy good snow, incredible steepness, and wanderlust-inducing panoramic views.
After you feel like you have properly seen the sights local to Logan, it is time to decide which of two amazing road trips you want to take. Do you want to head north or south? While you’re making your decision, load up your Osprey Farpoint pack with all the gear you desire. The Farpoint is an awesome for traveling, as it fits everything you want, but also does so in a stylish and compact way. Don’t forget to bring a towel and a swimsuit; you’ll need those two items for the fantastic hot springs you’ll encounter heading in either direction.
The first great road trip is a 5-hour, classic, end-of-winter trip that takes you south through the beautiful Wasatch Range to the ultimate bouldering destination of Joe’s Valley near Orangeville, UT. One of the lesser known highlights of this drive is the Fifth Water Hot Springs. Located at the junction of Fifth and Sixth Water Creek, the hot springs are located next to a stunning waterfall 10 miles east of Spanish Fork Creek.
The area has three scenic waterfalls, with hot springs near each one. Be sure to stop and give yourself a relaxing soak in the middle of the Utah wilderness. If you can, plan a trip here during a full-moon night when the sounds of falling water, the light of the full moon, and beauty of the falls themselves will transform this hot springs into the most romantic destination imaginable.
Heading south isn’t your only adventure option around the Logan region. For an other-worldly adventure head north to Craters of the Moon National Monument, an active volcanic area with a unique landscape of lava flows. On your way to the monument, stop by another hot springs in the small town of Lava Hot Springs. Lava Hot Springs has an incredible, albeit touristy, hot springs and pool complex, making it a perfect rest stop en route to your final destination. Just an hour and a half north of Logan, Lava Hot Springs is the halfway point to Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Craters of the Moon sits on the Snake River Plain and is a 1,000-square-mile swath of land that is made up of lava flows and islands of cinder cones. It’s surrounded by sagebrush and sweeping views, and makes you feel as though you have truly arrived on another planet. The National Monument is rarely visited, so expect solitude in the wastelands of the region when you are exploring the trails. But, beware, Craters of the Moon erupts every 2,000 or so years, with the last event coming well over two millennia ago. It’s due for another eruption, just as you are due for a trip to explore the wonders of this active volcanic region.