This second largest of Utah?s lakes is not your ordinary lake. For one its waters are a curious turquoise blue, a colour normally associated with oceans and seas. Secondly, its unique characteristics make it the ideal habitat for a host of unique creatures. One of these, according to local folklore, is a vicious lake monster. Whether or not they get to see this mysterious creature, few visitors regret having travelled to this resort. A trip here yields not only striking scenery, but a plethora of outdoor activities for both summer and winter. The attractive accommodation options consisting of beautiful holiday homes big enough to hold 24 and equally spacious log cabins are yet another reason many make Bear Lake their default holiday destination.
This locale is the ultimate getaway for those craving adventure. There are so many things to do here that can get the heart racing, it?s difficult to know where to start. But perhaps we can start by mentioning the ATV trails that run through Bear Lake?s environs. Few visitors who come to this resort during fall can resist hiring an ATV and attacking the mountainous terrain. While they ride the miles and miles of trails they can savour the beauty of the landscape with its browning leaves. Those who prefer to go slower in order to have more time to ingest the sumptuous views can hike instead or ride a bike. With the mild temperature of the region, these adventurers will hardly feel the strain as they explore the countryside. They could also alternatively make the tour on horseback. There being a lake, fishing comes almost naturally and those who are skilled or just plain lucky can come away with a humongous trout at the end of their hook. Jet skiing on the lake is also a great idea for adrenaline junkies.
Come winter, the snow-covered countryside reveals plenty of possibilities in terms of winter sports with snow mobile riding being a particular favourite.
Making a trip to Minnetonka Cave is a fascinating experience not just for geology students but for any tourist captivated by the marvels of Mother Nature. There are humongous stalactites and stalagmites in the 9 segments of the cave some as big as 10 feet. A guided tour to this feature usually takes about 90 minutes. Also in this vicinity is the Paris Ice Cave. For a taste of how life was for previous inhabitants of this area, visitors can visit the National Oregon/California Trail Centre or the Paris Historical Museum which contain many interesting artefacts.
The area has rather cool weather with winters seeing temperatures well below freezing. January sees lows below -8°C. But temperatures rise to about 16°C in spring and peak at around 25°C in summer.
To access this enticing resort travellers will land at the Salt Lake City International Airport which doesn?t handle direct flights from places outside North America. It only serves regional carriers such as American Airlines and Delta. Ground transportation from here is available in the form of taxis, rented vehicles from Avis, Hertz, National and other firms as well as shuttles and limousines.