US Route 89
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Distance: 94.8 miles • Elevation Change: Brigham City 4435 ft.-Montpelier 5984 ft.
At Brigham City, US Route 89 begins its traverse of the Rocky Mountains. The first stretch climbs through the Wellsville Mountains into the Cache Valley to Logan. From there highway 89 enters Logan Canyon in the Bear River Range. This section is designated as a National Scenic Byway. It tops out at Bear Lake Summit after a climb of 3,275 feet. The road winds down the mountain to the shore of Bear Lake where it enters Idaho and crosses a broad valley north of the lake to Montpelier.
Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway: Cutting through the Bear River Mountains, Logan Canyon presents many recreational opportunities from rock climbing, hiking and camping to snowmobiling and skiing. US Route 89 through the canyon has been designated as a National Scenic Byway. The highway follows the Logan River through most of the canyon.
Bear Lake: On the Utah-Idaho border, Bear Lake is a natural fresh-water lake which has been called the “Caribbean of the Rockies” because of its turquoise-blue color. The lake is a popular destination for sportsman and tourists with numerous recreation opportunities. The area is also known for its high-quality raspberries and the annual Raspberry Days celebration in August.
Towns, Cities & Reservations:
Public Lands & Historic Places:
Bear River Heritage Area
Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Wellsville Mountains Wilderness
Bear Lake State Park-Marina
Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Little Bear River
Bear River Range
2010 Spring Road Trip
All of the US Route 89 road trip maps in one convenient book including driving directions and Wayne Ranney's introductory essays.
Print Edition: 32-page magazine to take along on your trip. Click below to order from Magcloud—$15 plus shipping.
World Wide Web Links Edition: Electronic file with links to 189 online resources for planning your trip—$5.
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