Escape to Beaver Mountain this Summer
By Harriet Wallis, the geezer gal
There's a lot to love at Beaver Mountain. Take a hike or bike the mountain, and there's down and dirty ATV off-roading and stream fishing nearby. Beaver has everything except the crowds.
Pack your gear and stay overnight. It's right at the base of the mountain. There are a handful of RV sites with partial hook-ups, plain vanilla RV sites, tent sites, and a great big yurt. Or you can rent the entire base lodge – the whole thing -- for your group and live it up like big shots.
Ed and Debi Rogers are Beaver Mountain devotees, and they're the summer hosts who lead the way to fun. Their enthusiasm shows. They're naturalists, tour guides, story tellers and off-grid techies. Hummingbirds dive bomb the feeders. They'll tell you about the animals you'll probably see and they'll tell stories about the mountain. Ask how Dead Horse trail got its name. And they cook in a solar oven pointed at the sun.
I put a frozen chicken in the oven, Debi said. Ed adjusts the angle as the sun moves and the chicken turns out absolutely delicious. Want to do something low key and different? Talk with Ed about his solar, off-grid cooking.
Of course there are barbeques, campfires and s'mores. And since it's far away from city lights, you can watch the stars come out at night.
Beaver Mountain is located in Logan Canyon at a cool 8,853 feet.
Reservations are recommended and are available from May through October by phone only: 435-563-5677.
Rates are subject to change, but current daily rates are $15 for a tent site, $30 on weekends for an RV site with partial hook-ups, $250 for the 30-pseron yurt, and $650 for the entire base lodge.
Harriet Wallis has been a ski writer, editor and photographer forever. She learned to ski on a dare when she was in her mid 30s and has been blabbing about it ever since. Read more from Harriet at Senior Skiing