LOGAN CANYON HIGHWAY
SCENIC BYWAY NOMINATION
WASATCH - CACHE NATIONAL FOREST
Scenic Byways Nomination Criteria
The Wasatch-Cache National Forest nominates the Logan Canyon Highway for
consideration as a National Forest Scenic Byway. Listed below are the
Forest's responses to the nomination criteria.
1. Logan Canyon Highway (US 89) is primarily within the boundaries of the
Wasatch-Cache National Forest. The segment to be nominated as a Scenic Byway
is approximately 39 miles in length and runs from the mouth of Logan Canyon in
the city of Logan, Utah to Bear Lake in Rich County, Utah. The highway is
under the jurisdiction of the Utah Department of Transportation.
With the exception of the following segments, the entire corridor is contained
within the boundaries of the Logan Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National
a. Section 36, T12N, R1E, SLM. This segment is approximately .5 mile long
and is owned by the City of Logan, Utah.
b. Section 28, T12N, R2E, SLM. This segment is approximately .3 mile long
and is part of a 17 acre parcel of privately owned land located on the
south side of the highway.
c. Section 18, T12N, R3E, SLM. This segment is approximately .2 mile long
and is part of a 16 acre parcel of privately owned land located on the
south side of the highway.
d. Sections 24, 25, 36, T14N, R3E, SLM. This segment is approximately 2.8
miles long and is owned by the State · of Utah.
e. Section 17, T14N, R4E, SLM. This segment is approximately .8 mile long
and is contained within a 477 acre block of privately owned land known as
f. Sections 20, 29, 30, T14N, R5E, SLM. This segment is approximately 5
miles long and is privately owned by a number of individuals.
2. The following list describes those segments not under the jurisdiction of
the Forest Service. The sub-items listed below correspond to the sub-items in
a. and d. The Wasatch-Cache National Forest has been in close contact
with the Federal Highway Administration, Utah Travel Council, BLM, Utah
Department of Natural Resources, Utah Association of Governments (7
regions), Utah Association of Counties, Utah League of Cities and Towns,
and the Utah Farm Bureau. Each of these agencies has pledged their support
for a Scenic Byways designation for the Logan Canyon Highway and have
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expressed their willingness to help in any way possible. A formal meeting
is scheduled for August 4, 1988 between each of the above agencies in
which a formal agreement pledging support for official designation will be
b. This parcel presently contains a summer home and a log structure that
houses a restaurant.
c. A summer home presently occupies this parcel.
e. Congressman Jim Hansen, R-Utah, made a formal request before the House
Interior Appropriations Committee for $1.2 million from the Land and Water
Conservation Fund for the outright purchase of the Stump Hollow parcel.
The request was not approved by the committee. Our hope is the request
will be resubmitted for consideration next year.
The private lands comprising the Stump Hollow area have been the source of
a number of development proposals brought before the Cache County Planning
and Zoning Commission since the 1960's. Current Cache County zoning
restrictions limit new development to one building per 40 acres.
f. This segment runs from the Forest Boundary to Garden City, Utah. It
is privately owned by number of individuals.
3. The Logan Canyon Highway has been renowned for its scenic beauty since the
days of the early Mormon Pioneers. It is the route of choice for literally
thousands of summer and winter recreationalists traveling between Salt Lake
City and the Jackson Hole and Yellowstone country of northwestern Wyoming.
The Logan Canyon highway is situated in Cache and Rich counties of north
central Utah. It is approximately 39 miles long and runs from the city of
Logan, Utah to Bear Lake. Logan, the hub of the historic Cache Valley (pop
70,000), is the home of Utah State University, the Festival of the American
West, the Logan Mormon Temple, historic tabernacle square, and the Summerfest
Located just 5 miles east of the forest boundary, along US 89, in Rich County
is Bear Lake. Known for its crystal-clear, turquoise water and beautiful
setting Bear Lake is a popular winter and summer recreation paradise.
Natural features encountered in the canyon include the Logan River and
spectacular limestone canyon walls. Elevations range from 4700 feet at the
mouth of the canyon to nearly 7800 feet at Logan Summit. The Logan River is a
major source of water for the Cache Valley.
The lower part of the canyon is deeply incised with nearly vertical limestone
walls. The canyon bottoms are wooded mainly with deciduous hardwoods and
brush. A mix of deciduous brush and conifer types are found on the steeper
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slopes. This unique blend of conifer and deciduous vegetation offers a
brilliant mix of fall color that annually attracts many visitors to the area.
Logan Canyon offers the forest visitor a diverse blend of developed and
dispersed recreational opportunities. The Logan Ranger district administers
12 developed campgrounds, 2 picnic areas, 84 summer homes, and three
organizational camps in the canyon. In addition to the existing facilities,
the district is presently completing plans to develop a new campground that
will support 75 family units and 4 large group areas. The highway also
provides access to the Beaver Mountain Ski Area, the Utah State University
Forestry Camp, and the Utah State University Management Institute, and two
Forest Service Administrative Sites.
Dispersed recreation opportunities accessible from the highway are almost
limitless. The district has recently established the Beaver Basin X-C trail
area which offers over nine miles of groomed X-C ski track. The State of Utah
and Logan Ranger District jointly administer two large parking areas that
provide access for X-C skiers and snowmobilers. The State of Utah grooms over
150 miles of outstanding snowmobile trail that is accessed via Logan Canyon.
The pristine Logan River is a popular recreational trout fishing stream and
can be accessed via -the many dispersed _recreation camping spots found along
its entire length. The popular Tony Grove Lake area and the 45,000 acre Mt.
Naiomi Wilderness Area are also accessed from the Logan Canyon highway.
It is not uncommor. to view mule deer, elk, moose, and a mix of raptors and
song birds from the highway.
Other points of interest found along the highway include: the Tony Grove
Memorial Guard Station (listed on the National Historic Register), the Limber
Pine Nature Trail, the Jardine Juniper, Old Ephriam's Grave, the Logan Wind
Caves, Logan Cave, Rick's Springs and two interpretive sites of geological
4. The Logan Canyon Highway is the principal link between the Cache Valley
and the Bear Lake Region and provides safe passage for the average
recreational driver in a passenger car. It is officially classified as a
rural minor arterial highway.
The Utah Department of Transportation is in the process of conducting an
Environmental Impact Statement that analyses the need to improve certain
sections of the existing roadway. The draft of this EIS is scheduled for
release and public review this coming fall.
5. The Forest Plan for the Wasatch-Cache National Forest states the Logan
Canyon Highway will be managed as a Scenic Highway. In the latest State of
Utah Highway Map, the Utah Department of Transportation has officially
classified the Logan Canyon Highway as a Scenic Route.
1. Interpretive Signs
Logan Wind Caves
Lake Bonneville (redo)
Logan Canyon Sign Plan
Tony Grove Historical Site
Limber Pine ' Trail
2. Informational Signs (campgrounds, picnic areas, summer home areas,
organizational camps, Forest Service Administrative Sites)
Spring Hollow Campground
Preston Valley Campground
China Row Campground
Wood Camp Campground
Lewis M. Turner Campground
Tony Grove Lake Campground
Red Banks Campground
Card Picnic Area
Chokecherry Picnic Area
Card Summer Home Area
Birch Glen Summer Home Area
Chokecherry Summer Home Area
Gus Lind Flat Summer Home Area
Berdineau Summer Home Area
Junipers Summer Home Area
Brown's Roll-off Summer Home Area
Cache Archery Range Organizational Camp
St. Anne's Retreat
Cache Council--Boy Scouts of America
Card Guard Station
Right Hand Fork Guard Station
"Campground Ahead" and "Picnic Area Ahead" signs where appropriate.
3. Drainage Signs
Righ Hand Fork
White Pine Creek
Logan Canyon Highway Sign Plan cont.
North Amazon Creek
Left Hand Fork
4. Road Junction/Directional Signs
High t Hand Fork
5. Appropriate Regulatory Signs
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