School of Graduate Studies

Recreation and Events

Whether you’re looking for a recreational haven, a serene place to research and study, or a cultural hub, Cache Valley can fit your needs.

RECREATION

Both Green Canyon and Logan Canyon are located immediately east of Utah State University’s campus. Each canyon has hundreds of hiking and biking trails as well as rock climbing areas, campsites, and picnic spots. Bear Lake, known for both its turquoise water and raspberry shakes, is only an hour’s drive from Logan. Hikers can add hiking the Wellsvilles to their bucket list, as the peaks rimming the west end of Cache Valley are known to be one of the steepest mountain ranges in North America. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy powder on Beaver Mountain, located about forty minutes up Logan Canyon, or they can drive a couple hours south to visit world-renowned resorts such as Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbird, Snowbasin, Alta, and Solitude. Logan is centrally located to multiple national parks, including the Tetons, Yellowstone, Arches (home of the Delicate Arch), Canyonlands, Zion, and Bryce Canyon. There are also state parks, national monuments, national forests, and wilderness areas to explore. Enjoying the outdoors is an excellent way to spend the rare weekend not devoted to studying.

COMMUNITY

Logan straddles the balance between sleepy college town and modern metropolitan city. The city combines a historic downtown and quiet, tree-lined streets with modern businesses and eateries. In both shopping and dining, there are both chains and locally owned businesses, and almost everything is easily accessible via Main Street or another Logan arterial road. In Logan, you’ll likely be able to find anything you need at its grocery stores, mall, stand-alone shops, and multiple dining establishments.

Cache Valley, particularly the area around the university, boasts a diverse population that allows everyone to find their niche. The graduate school itself boasts students from all fifty states and many countries, including Jordan, India, Mexico, Canada, and China. Within Logan and its surrounding towns, there are multiple neighborhoods with distinct personalities. And, while Utah is known for its large LDS population, Logan and its surrounding areas boast a diverse religious community. Whether you’re Episcopalian, LDS, Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Pagan, Muslim, non-denominational, or anything in between, you’ll find your place in Cache Valley.

As you can see, Cache Valley has a lot to offer. Despite the big city amenities, however, Logan still maintains a quiet, small-town feel, where local business is supported, residents are friendly, and the view out your window is likely very picturesque. Life in Cache Valley really is the best of both worlds.

CULTURE

Cache Valley boasts cultural attractions far beyond what most communities of the same size can claim. Utah State houses several donation-based museums, including the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, which houses both traditional and modern art. In particular, the art museum features pieces created after World War II, which allows for a very intriguing collection. In addition to the art museum, Utah State campus also hosts the museum of Anthropology, which, along with housing artifacts from various cultures around the state and country, also hosts Saturdays at the museum, where community members can gather on the first Saturday of each month and learn about a new culture. You can also just take a walk around Utah State University itself—there are sculptures found all over campus, and you can appreciate the aesthetic qualities of both the oldest buildings, like Old Main, and some of the newer ones, like the remodeled Merrill-Crazer library.

In addition to its museums and architecture, USU provides multiple opportunities to see theater, music, and visual arts. Student showcases, concerts, and plays are going on year-round, where student (including graduate) work is showcased to the public. The performing arts department at USU puts on between four and six shows a year, including at least one musical. Off-campus, the Ellen Eccles theater hosts traveling company performances frequently. In recent years, the Ellen Eccles theater has hosted comedian Brian Regan, a traveling performance of West Side Story, and, this summer, Les Miserables. On top of that, there are multiple community and high school productions going on throughout the year—you can even audition for the community shows, if you’d like! If music is your thing, the Utah Chamber Opera tours every summer, and on campus it seems there are always concerts and musical performances going on. And while Logan is rarely the destination for major bands and artists, smaller bands frequently come through en route to Salt Lake or Boise and will host small shows in houses, bars, or comic book shops. Whether you prefer opera, classical music, or acoustic singer/songwriters, there is likely a performance for you.

If you’re more of a writer, Helicon West, a community reading that often features known writers from around the nation, takes place twice a month. At the end of every reading, there is an open-mic, where anyone can stand up and get their seven minutes (really, seven, it’s timed) of fame. In addition, the USU English department hosts an annual creative writing contest every year, which is open to graduate students across all disciplines. Winners are published in Scribendi, the literary magazine connected to the competition, and they can also share their work at the last Helicon West of Spring Semester, which is usually the most well attended reading of the year.
Thanks to the university and the overall attitude toward arts in Cache Valley, there is rarely a shortage of cultural events in Logan. If all else fails, however, remember that Salt Lake City is only an hour and a half away.

Rockhaus Indoor Climbing Gym

1780 N. 200 E., North Logan
435.713.0068

Monday, Wednesday, Saturday:
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday:
6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Rockhaus Indoor Climbing Gym allows Cache Valley residents to climb all year round. The facility has an indoor top-rope wall and lead climbing area complete with crack climbs, featured aretes, and a rappel ledge for scouting merit badge courses. Climbers at all levels are welcome and shoe rentals are available.

Cache Valley Fun Park

255 E. 1770 N., North Logan
435.792.4000 or 435.750.6552

Monday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Cache Valley Fun Park is home to a bowling alley, roller skating/blading rink, laser tag arena, arcade, and billiards. It also has a snack bar that features pizza, nachos, pretzels, ice cream, and soft drinks. On Monday and Wednesday nights from 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m., the roller rink is used as a floor for country swing dancing.

Races

If you are an exercise enthusiast, Cache Valley is the place for you! Countless running and biking events begin or end in the Logan area. Some of the most notable are the Lotoja Classic (September), Ragnar (June), and the Nordic Track Top of Utah Marathon (September).

Ellen Eccles Theatre

Cache Valley Center for the Arts
43 South Main St., Logan
435.752.0026

Ellen Eccles Theatre opened in 1923 and seats 1,100 people. This theatre is the hub for artistic creativity in Cache Valley. Premier artists and touring Broadway productions frequent the theatre from September to May. During the summer, the world-famous Utah Festival Opera performs. The Ellen Eccles Theatre is perfect for art connoisseurs and novices alike.

Old Ephraim's Mountain Man Rendezvous

Blacksmith Fork Canyon
Wasatch-Cache National Forest
435.245.3778

Old Ephraim's Mountain Man Rendezvous is one of the largest gatherings of mountain men in the West. The event takes place Memorial Day weekend and provides activities such as archery, shooting, kids' games, candy canons, Dutch oven cooking, and Trader's Row. This event re-creates an era that is a large part of Utah's history. Mark your calendars for the celebration of rugged spirit and adventure.

George S. Eccles Ice Center

2825 N. 200 E., North Logan
435.787.2288; Call for hours

George S. Eccles Ice Center is home to Cache Valley's Olympic-size indoor ice rink. The Ice Center is open year-round and offers a variety of classes for skaters of all ages. Whether you want to sign up for a class or take advantage of the public skate hours, the George S. Eccles Ice Center provides wholesome entertainment for Logan residents.

The Jump Zone

1510 North 200 West
Logan, Utah 84321
435.755.5867

Mon - Thu: 3:00 pm -10:00 pm
Fri: 2:00 pm-12:00 am
Sat: 10:00 am-11:00 pm

Cache Valley's first and only trampoline park. We have over 10,000 sq./ft of trampolines, foam pits, dodge ball and basketball courts!

Beaver Mountain Ski Resort

1351 East 700 North
Logan, Utah 84321
Phone: 435.753.0921
Snow Line: 435.753.4822

Beaver Mountain Ski Resort's excellent runs, friendly atmosphere and low prices make it a popular destination for locals - some say it is one of Utah's best-kept secrets. It has been family-owned and operated since 1939, making it the oldest continuously owned family ski area in the US. Downhill skiing and snowboarding are major winter activities but there are also excellent cross-country ski and snowmobile trails nearby.

Logan River Golf Course

550 West 1000 South
Logan, UT 84321
435.750.0123

Summer :Monday through Sunday
6:00 am to 7:30 pm

Winter: Monday through Sunday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The 18-hole "Logan River" course at the Logan River Golf Course facility in Logan, Utah features 6,502 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 70.5 and it has a slope rating of 124 on rye grass. Designed by Robert Muir Graves, ASGCA, the Logan River golf course opened in 1993. Jeffrey B. John manages the course as the head golf professional.