Bear Lake is often referred to as the Caribbean of the Rockies, and once you see its vivid turquoise waters, you'll understand why. Covering almost 110 sq miles on the border between Idaho and Utah, the lake itself and the surrounding areas constitute a veritable recreational paradise. From outdoor activities on the water and in the hills and mountains, to joyous festivals and cultural events, there's something to see and do throughout the year. All around Bear Lake, you’ll easily find huge, well-equipped vacation rentals that'll keep the whole family—including the dogs—comfy and entertained during your stay.
Bear Lake cabin rentals in Garden City
Occupying just 4.5 sq miles on the shores of Bear Lake, the Utah town of Garden City might be small, but it's big on attractions. Choose the perfect sunbathing spot on the beaches lining the 20-mile shore of the lake, fish for Bonneville cisco at Bear Lake State Park, or take to the crystal-clear azure waters for aquatic pursuits such as jet-skiing and wakeboarding. At Garden City Park, you can stroll along the boardwalk that crosses through wetlands, or explore scenic hiking and biking trails whose entry points are mere minutes from the town center. Are you thinking of bringing the whole family? You can choose from large Bear Lake cabin rentals here, a few of which can sleep upwards of 20 guests.
Family getaway cabins in Fish Haven
Located roughly 2.5 miles north of the Utah border, the small community of Fish Haven in Idaho is ideal for those looking for some peace and quiet. But that doesn't mean there's hardly anything to do here. If you want to get your tee on, the Bear Lake West golf course is just a few minutes' drive away, or if you want more rugged adventures, the Fish Haven Canyon Trail Head is a popular spot for mountain biking and ATV riding. Finding accommodations where large parties can stay comfortable is no problem here. You'll discover cabins so large, they're practically mansions for rent. And with features like swimming pools, hot tubs, or game rooms with pool tables, large-screen TVs, and video game consoles, the fun never stops on your vacation.
Large luxury cabins in Paris, Idaho
Just a 15-minute drive north from Fish Haven lies the small city of Paris. While it isn't quite as famous as its namesake in France, it holds its own when it comes to interesting things to see and do. It's home to beautiful examples of architecture such as the Mormon Bear Lake State Tabernacle, a Romanesque red-sandstone building dating from the 1880s. Summers are extra festive here, with a 4th of July celebration that includes a chuck wagon breakfast and a youth rodeo. In November, the town holds its annual craft fair, where you can buy beautifully made products by local artisans. To experience genuine country living, you can book a restored 19th-century cabin and gather round the fire pit in the backyard to keep warm on chilly nights. Don't forget to bring marshmallows for roasting!
Bear Lake cabin rentals in St. Charles
Situated close to Bear Lake's northwestern shore in Idaho, the small city of St. Charles is a superb spot for a fun-filled family vacation. Hike or bike your way to the top of the St. Charles Canyon Trail and you'll reach Minnetonka Cave, a natural wonder filled with stalagmites and stalactites. Book a vacation home for July and you'll be right on time for the annual Bear Lake County Salmon BBQ, where you can feast on fresh Alaskan salmon roasted over applewood, as well as sample the region's famed raspberry shakes. You can live it up in a luxury Bear Lake cabin rental, which comes with access to sports courts and a private beach. A furnished patio overlooking the lake is great for savoring an al fresco breakfast or sitting with a good book.