Garden City’s location at the end of the Logan Canyon Scenic Byway and on the shores of Bear Lake State Park makes it one of Northern Utah's best gateway towns. It is the perfect place to spend focused time with the beautiful scenery and enjoy a raspberry shake.
Bear Lake is often called the Caribbean of the Rockies for its intense turquoise blue water. As visitors catch their first glimpse of the lake, they marvel at its color and wonder what makes the lake so blue. The unique color is due to the reflection of the limestone deposits suspended in the lake.
Each season lends its own characteristic to the lake. Year-round, enjoy a number of recreational and cultural activities.
In the warm-weather months, navigate your personal watercraft across 70,000 acres of turquoise water, or sail off into the sunset. Here, with all the space, it can seem as if you have the lake all to yourself, whether you prefer swimming, waterskiing, jet skiing, sailing, speed boating, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), fishing, just dipping your toes in the water, or biking in Logan Canyon or along the lake’s bike trail. Away from the lake, more than 100 miles of trails allow hikers, bikers and ATV fans to adventure to their hearts’ content. Read about the five best hikes in Bear Lake Valley
In the fall, don't miss driving the Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway (U.S. Route 89), named one of the top scenic byways for leaf peeping.
Garden City in Winter
In the winter, experience the rush of snowmobiling on 350 miles of groomed trails and wide open play areas. Or Ski Beaver Mountain Resort and enjoy some of Utah's best powder. Ice fishing is a waiting game, but there’s nowhere more scenic to pass the wait than Bear Lake. Averages suggest that Bear Lake freezes over seven out of every 10 years.
Always a hit, the Bear Lake Monster Winterfest (read the story) takes place at the Bear Lake State Park Marina, and the park's entrance fee at the Marina is waived. This is the place to fish in the Cisco Disco and take an icy dive as part of the Monster Polar Plunge.
Bear Lake is often called the Caribbean of the Rockies for its intense turquoise blue water. Photo: Jim Urquhart
Dip net for Cisco fish on the east side of Bear Lake at dawn as part of the Winterfest's Cisco Disco. Photo: Jim Urquhart
In the winter, experience the rush of snowmobiling on our 350 miles of groomed trails and wide open play areas. Photo: Jim Urquhart
Riding through Powder
Bear Lake State Park is a great place for snowmobiling. Photo: Jim Urquhart
Fishers look for a morning catch during the Cisco Disco. Photo: Jim Urquhart
Bear Lake Monster Winterfest includes a Monster Plunge into the icy lake to help raise funds for a local charity. Photo: Jim Urquhart
The Icy Depths
Brave participants of the Monster Plunge. Photo: Jim Urquhart
Bear Lake Solitude
Outside of the Monster Winterfest, Bear Lake is a great place for peace, quiet and fish. Photo: Jim Urquhart
The perfect place for beautiful scenery, outdoor recreation and a raspberry shake. Photo: Jim Urquhart
After the Cisco Disco, it's time to eat. Photo: Jim Urquhart
A motorhome makes it's way up Highway 89, through the fall colors along the Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway. Photo: Steve Greenwood
Sailors take to the Caribbean of the Rockies.
Bear Lake is a favorite for boaters and riders.
Bear Lake in Summer
Bear Lake’s charms is pretty apparent for anyone interested in the outdoors, water sports, cute small towns or fresh-picked raspberries. Photo: Jay Dash
In all seasons you can feel the excitement of a Bear Lake cutthroat on the end of your fishing line — whether its summer fishing or ice fishing. Learn more about fishing at Bear Lake
Bear Lake State Park, 435-946-3343 www.stateparks.utah.gov/parks/bear-lake.
Pickleville Playhouse offers a live theatre and Wild West grill on beautiful
Bear Lake during the summer months. Call 435-946-2918 for tickets or visit
The Garden City Pool is open year round. Cost is $3 per person. Please see
www.gardencityut.us for open hours.
Enjoy horseback riding through the Cache National Forest. 435-946-3400
Renegade Raceway allows kids and adults to experience the fun of a go-kart race track. 435-881-2665
Don't forget to grab a raspberry shake at any one of our local restaurants!
For more detailed information on attractions, accommodations and dining, visit Bear Lake Valley CVB www.bearlake.org
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