They say money can’t buy happiness, but changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and crisp evenings just might. According to People, a 2020 study reported that most Americans feel happier in the fall – and that sentiment might be even truer in Cache Valley, where autumn brings an assortment of autumnal activities that are sure to become seasonal favorites.
Check out one or six of the region’s most beloved events.
If you’re not sure where to find the country’s most scenic autumn drives, here’s a hint: you won’t even have to cross state lines. Hailed by Martha Stewart as one of the best places to see fall foliage in the United States Logan Valley is sure to deliver all the gold, crimson and burnt orange-colored leaves you take. Utah.com also lists the area as a top spot for scenic fall drives in the state.
Cruise the Logan Canyon Scenic Byway to see fall like you’ve never seen it before. From Logan, hop on Highway 89 and take it as far as you like—all the way to Bear Lake if you’re up for it.
Whether it’s caramel apples or butternut squash soup, there’s just something about all those fall fruits and vegetables. And there’s nowhere better to experience harvest season than Cache Valley Gardener’s Market in Logan.
Open Saturday mornings through October 16, there’s still plenty of time to experience the tastes of the season – and tickle a few other senses too. From homegrown produce to handmade arts and crafts to seasonal festivities, you’ll want to take advantage of Logan’s favorite outdoor market, all while supporting Cache Valley’s farmers and artisans.
Head to the Cache Historic Courthouse in Logan Saturday morning to join the party.
Fall Harvest Festival
What says fall better than horseback riding, cider pressing, corn mazing and some old-fashioned haunted fun? The Fall Harvest Festival at American West Heritage Center is a time-honored tradition in Cache Valley and one you won’t want to miss this year. Mark your calendar for October 15-16 for two days of fun for the whole family.
Kids can enjoy rides on ponies and the center’s quarter-scale train, or help the staff press apples into cider. The whole family can enjoy shelling corn – or getting lost in an entire maze of it.
To top it off, your Fall Festival ticket gets you a discount to the center’s Haunted Hollow, so there’s no reason not to make a whole night of it! For more information on tickets and activities, visit American West Heritage Center.
North Logan Pumpkin Walk
Fancy an autumn walk in a spooky wonderland? The North Logan Pumpkin Walk has you covered, with hundreds – literally – of intricately carved and painted gourds. A fall favorite that’s fun for the whole family (not to mention free for the whole family) this year’s Pumpkin Walk kicks runs Oct. 14-16 and 18-19.
Check out dozens of unique fall-inspired scenes and displays, expertly crafted by Cache Valley locals. The Pumpkin Walk is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Elk Ridge Park in North Logan. Shuttle service is available (masks required). For all the details, including parking and handicap access, check out the website.
Beaver Creek Lodge
If you’d rather experience fall foliage than glimpse it from a car window, head up to Beaver Creek Lodge in Logan Canyon and get an adrenaline charge in a scenic backdrop. Wind your way through lush autumnal valleys on horseback, or charge through the mountain vistas in a UTV.
After a day of autumn bliss, head back to the lodge for all the comforts of home. Head to Beaver Creek Lodge to book accommodations and activity packages so you can experience Cache Valley in all its fall glory.
Fall is all about comfort foods, and there’s no better way to experience those than through the Cache Valley Foodie Trek. This year’s menu includes selections from Aggie Ice Cream, Bluebird Candy, Alvey’s Chocolates, Gardeners’ Market, Pepperidge Farms and more.
And it’s not all about food. The event also features signature Cache Valley products distributed around the world, like All About Socks and the Spirit Goat. For information on vendors, locations and hours, visit Explore Logan.
With the days shortening and the air steadily cooling, you don’t want to miss a second of the season. Head to Utah’s northeast corner to experience the best Cache Valley has to offer and commemorate everyone’s favorite time of year.