Cache Valley is full of gorgeous spots for pictures! 10 is honestly just the surface for photography locations near Logan, Utah. In this post I’ll go over a few of my favorite spots for bridals, engagements, families, portraits, and honestly whatever! These spots are easy to access and are all in or fairly close to Logan. As a photographer based in Cache Valley, I’ve never ran out of photography locations to shoot at for my clients.
If you love pine tree wilderness, wildflowers, and mountains, this is your spot. This article is a great reference to note for wildflower season at Tony’s Grove! You can count on June and July being your best bet for wildflowers. However, fall time is gorgeous too! Just note that early spring and winter the roads are closed and inaccessible unless you have snowmobiles. For photography locations near Logan, Utah, this one is one of the more popular choices. There is a small parking fee there, (10 last time I was up there), but from here you have the opportunity to hike around the lake for pictures, or choose to go on one of the trails that branch off from this spot. White Pine Lake and Naomi Peak are GORGEOUS, and I’m willing to walk the 7+ miles to get there. But for those who don’t want to hike that much, Tony’s Grove lake is easy access.
Rattlesnake Trail is one of the trailheads for the Wellsville Ridge Trail. If you’re coming from Logan and start driving through Sardine Canyon, there is a gravel parking lot with a gate that goes to the trail. Walk in for a few minutes and you’re in a beautiful valley of mountains. The coordinates are 41.60496986520613, -111.97605407137229 or you can just search for Rattlesnake Canyon.
I suggest going to the Hyrum Dam Beach Area (Day Use). Because it’s a state park, you’ll be charged to go in unless you have a pass. This is the best spot for pictures around the dam! Other areas are rocky, but this beach area has sand, a dock, a great view of the sunset, and some great greenery. Weekends can be busy, but I’ve found on weekdays or in off season, you tend to get almost the whole beach to yourself.
3rd Dam is up Logan Canyon. You’ll find a bridge on the south side of the road that will go to some parking, but there is some overflow on the north side across the street. From the parking lot, there is camping spots, a river, a bridge, and a few trailheads for you to explore! Crimson trail also starts in this area, which is incredible for photos if you’re willing to put a couple hours of hiking in.
One of my favorites. I’m a little biased though, since I did my bridals here! This is a popular ski lodge, but in the summer it’s got lots of pine trees and mountains. It’s a great alternative to Tony’s Grove if you don’t want to pay the parking fee. You’ll get a similar experience, but a little more private!
Out of all the photography locations near Logan Utah, this spot and Main Street are as near as you get. They are the most centralized locations. I feel like USU campus is underrated for its photography potential. You’ll generally see a lot of graduation pictures being taken here, but this place is perfect for families or couples. Old Main Hill has tons of trees and overlooks the valley. And take note for spring shoots, because there is some gorgeous pink trees here! You can easily get a shoot in without getting any USU buildings in the shots. (But don’t shy away from the buildings because they’ve got potential too).
Another photography location near Logan, Utah that I love is Blacksmith Fork Canyon is in Hyrum Utah. Located on the south end of the valley, it’s about a 15 minute drive south of Logan. If you drive to the opening of the canyon, there is a large parking lot on the north side of the road. From there, just explore the area! The opening of the canyon will have lots of shrubbery and trees, but if you go just a little farther down the canyon, you’ll find some field areas which I love for fall time. I recommend exploring Left Hand Fork as well.
Main Street Logan has lots of different colors of brick and stone walls that can make for a great city feel! I recommend even going into some of the boutique restaurants or performance halls and taking pictures.
This parking garage is located east of the Riverwoods Conference Center. If you’re looking for a city feel, this is another option! Generally after 5, the top lot is empty so just park up there and have some fun!
Mendon Peak Trail and Wayne’s Loop are one of the most magical places I’ve shot at. In late July/ August, you’ll find vines creeping up all of the trees. It feels like you’re in Jurassic Park. I still haven’t shot bridals in this location (which would be SO gorgeous) so contact me if you’re the bride that wants to come here with me:) I love love this location. You don’t have to hike very far in, but just watch out for stinging nettle! This plants grows freely in this area, and will just make your skin itch temporarily if you brush against it. It can be easily avoided if you know what it looks like!