About the Area
Cache Valley is a vibrant, growing, community of 94,000. The city of Logan (population 43,000) is located 80 miles north of Salt Lake City and is the cultural hub of the Cache Valley. Logan offers:
- Over two dozen parks, riverside nature trails, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a skate park, two golf courses, a summer gardener's market, a small zoo, health and fitness clubs, free bus service, and a recently renovated central historic district.
- Eight local movie theaters--including the Logan Arthouse Cinema which shows independent films. And if independent films are your style, be sure to check out the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, an hour's drive from Logan.
- Shopping: along with several "big box" stores such as Borders, Best Buy, PetSmart, Staples, and two home improvement stores (Lowe's and Home Depot). Logan is also home to the Cache Valley Mall.
Restaurants in the valley include national chains (e.g. Olive Garden, Chilli's) as well as many local favorites. International cuisine is available. Some of the local favorites include the Indian Oven, Kamin (Thai Food), Happy Sushi, and Cafe Sabor. Logan is the long-time home to a coffee house committed to "unbeatable...quality and freshness, while supporting social and environmental responsibility" (Cafe Ibis). More recent additions include another independent coffee house (Citrus and Sage) and Starbucks. Local musicians and artists are frequently featured at the local coffee house establishments.
The Cache Valley offers four distinct seasons: summers are hot and dry, autumns are colorful, winters are snowy and spring brings the valley’s brief “rainy season” (the valley receives very little precipitation (18.3” per year) and actually averages 219 sunny days per year). The average high temperatures range from 89 degrees in July to 32 in January. The climate and geography grant locals and tourists a wide variety of outdoor activities to enjoy. Utah State Universities Outdoor Recreation Center offers students, staff and faculty opportunities to try out a variety of outdoor sporting activities and visit scenic locations during day trips and multi- day trips.
The Beaver Mountain Ski Resort is 27 miles northeast of Logan via the scenic Logan River Canyon. Ski Utah notes:
“Beaver Mountain is one of Utah's best kept secrets. Over 664 ski able acres, Beaver has well-maintained slopes, northeastern exposure for morning sun and avalanche-free conditions. Family- owned and operated since 1939, Beaver Mountain believes in giving each skier the personal touch. Beaver Mountain is an all-around ski resort that is big on giving you and your family the best skiing experience around.”
Many of the most popular ski hills in Utah (i.e., Alta, Snowbird, Snowbasin, etc) are located within one to one and a half hours from Logan. If downhill skiing is not your thing, the valley also offers access to back country and wilderness areas for cross-country skiing
USU regularly draws exciting lectures by a variety of individuals, from entertainers such as Spike Lee to well known scientists such as Steven Pinker.
USU’s own KUSU is an NPR station that has a little something for everybody:
- Morning Edition
- All Things Considered
- This American Life
- Wait Wait! Don't Tell Me
- Performance Today
- Car Talk
The cost of living in Logan is remarkably inexpensive compared to many other cities. Logan is also very safe. It has one of the lowest crime rates compared to other cities its size.