The Bear Lake Scenic Byway takes you along the scenic southwest shore of the turquoise waters of Utah’s Bear Lake. The lake’s unique color ... viewed from above as you drive down towards it ... will amaze you.
The lake is actually part of Bear Lake State Park which is a year-round destination for recreation. You’ll find each season offers its own unique blend of activities and adventure.
The byway itself is not a lengthy drive. It is only 15 miles long and the travel time is less than ½ hour. Plan on stops at each end. Especially for a raspberry shake during the hot summer.
It follows State Route 30 between the towns of Garden City and Laketown. These two towns are historically small agricultural towns. They have grown and evolved to welcome the many people who flock to Bear Lake to play and relax. Especially in the summer.
From the east, take SR-30 at the Sage Creek Junction ... the junction of SR-30 and SR-16 ... and head west into the valley.
This area has grown and changed a lot over the years. The local Chamber of Commerce and the state of Utah have discussed placing some kind of controls on the development … or over-development … of the area.
The lake’s unique color comes from the reflection off limestone deposits suspended in the lake. If you want to read more about the Bear Lake area, visit my Bear Lake State Park page.
You can get to Bear Lake by driving up Logan Canyon along US-89 to Garden City. Take a right and follow the road along the south edge of the lake. This road … the Bear Lake Scenic Byway … ends at Laketown.
Bear Lake itself is a crown jewel in Utah's treasure chest. Its vibrant turquoise blue waters against the
backdrop of rolling mountains and clear blue skies provide an unparalleled
souls can engage in a multitude of activities around Bear Lake. Explore the extensive network of hiking
trails, get your adrenaline pumping with off-road ATV adventures or golf at one
of the stunning courses nearby.
Fishing enthusiasts can net a catch from the diverse aquatic life in Bear Lake. Renowned as a "fishing hotspot," you might reel in any one of the several species found in Bear Lake.
Bear Lake's local cuisine is yet another draw. It is famous for its signature raspberry shakes, renowned locally and afar. Every summer, during the "Strawberry Days" festival in Garden City, these shakes become a must-buy for the gathering masses.
The byway isn’t just for daytime adventuring. It is also a stargazing hotspot. Far from city lights, the skies above Bear Lake offer an otherworldly array of sparkling stars, planets, and meteor showers. An astronomer's paradise.
The Bear Lake Scenic Byway's unique appeal lies in its stunning, changing landscapes. Its accessibility and wide range of nearby recreational activities make it a sought-after destination for families and vacationers of all ages.
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