Bear River Heritage Area

The Bear River cuts through southern Idaho and northern Utah, through picturesque farmland framed by forested mountains. The river provides a natural travel corridor that has been used for thousands of years. As a result, many historical and heritage sites are found here.

The area also offers great opportunity for recreation, with lakes and streams, trails and campgrounds, mountains and marshlands, where you can retrace the footsteps of early fur traders, Mormon settlers, and generations of people belonging to the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation.

Here you can experience history, from the tiniest Daughters of Utah Pioneers Relic Halls to living history at the American West Heritage Center; Agriculture history; railroad history at the Golden Spike National Historic Site; space exploration history at Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory and the ATK rocket display; historic buildings and neighborhoods; Mormon History and Native American history.

Enjoy the culture by visiting local shops, art galleries and festivals. Find crafts like quilting, pottery making, saddle making, wood carving, and soap making; observe livestock auctions; attend performances of grand opera, plays, and musicals at the Utah Festival Opera, the Lyric Theatre, Heritage Theatre, and Pickleville Playhouse; and observe genuine ranching culture complete with cowboys, sheep, and cattle!

See the Bear River Heritage Area website for more information.

Additional Information

  • Cache Valley Visitors Bureau at 800-882-4433
  • Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-448-2327
  • Bear River Heritage Area at 1-877-772-7242
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