Rocky Mountain Lodge near Bear Lake and National Forest
At an elevation of 5,925 feet, northern Utah’s Bear Lake comes alive in the summer, when visitors start heading toward its Caribbean-like turquoise waters instead of the nearby Beaver Mountain ski resort. Sailboats launch from its marina for fishing trips, as its high-altitude water creates a unique habitat that fosters species of whitefish, cisco, and sculpin that can't be found anywhere else in the world. The area also has a beach shaded by cottonwood trees and primitive campgrounds for visitors eager to rough it in the wild. Located between Beaver Mountain and Bear Lake, The Inn at Snow Meadows makes a cozy home base for exploring nearby open pursuits.
Each of The Inn at Snow Meadow’s nine suites has been decorated with its own theme. The Asian suite evokes the aesthetic of the Far East through bright-red walls, a tiny bonsai tree on its drawer, and large folding fans with asian imagery. Cheetah-print blankets and pillows with images of African wildlife highlight the Safari suite. Each included suite has a fireplace, but check out the Wildlife suite for a slightly different layout with slanting ceilings and a loveseat.
The hiking and jogging trails just outside The Inn at Snow Meadows allow visitors to stay active and exploring the area. Afterward, the inn’s lounge allows you to unwind with a game of pool and a couple of drinks. For dining, the onsite restaurant whips up breakfast Friday–Sunday, and lunch is available seasonally.
Bear Lake, Utah: Year-Round Activities on “The Caribbean of the Rockies”
One of the western United States’ largest natural lakes, Bear Lake spans across the Utah-Idaho border with clear, turquoise-colored water that has earned it the nickname “The Caribbean of the Rockies.” It's even possible to go scuba diving in the lake, since it has 200-foot depths, plenty of unique fish, and some underwater caverns. The Bear Lake area offers outdoor activities throughout the year, ranging from golfing to ice fishing. For those especially looking to hike and bike in the area, the Bear Lake Valley Visitors Bureau recommends visiting in September and October, when many trees in the forest surrounding the lake start to change color.
For an introduction into this part of Utah, drive down US Route 89, which has been designated the Logan Canyon Scenic Byway, which runs from Bear Lake to the town of Logan. In between, you’ll drive through Logan Canyon’s limestone cliffs and explore the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
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