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Beaver Creek Canyon

Cache County Utah

Beaver Creek Canyon is an enjoyable little trail that begins near Beaver Mountain ski resort. It is fairly easy when dry and most vehicles wont have any problem traversing the trail. Fact is, I have seen 2 motor homes come down it before. Thought they were stupid as hell, but that is a personal opinion. When it is wet and muddy, it can become interesting and fun. It was up this canyon that I got Old Yellow stuck in a deep snow drift. Thank heavens we were wheeling with other people and we got right out. The trail is very photogenic with a ton of beaver dams and wild life to be seen. The trail leads up to the top of the mountain and from there you can go down to Franklin Basin or even down to Bear Lake. The trail begins in Utah and goes north into Idaho, so be sure your vehicle is registered because Idaho requires a valid license plate for cars and trucks and an Idaho sticker for off highway ATV's.  

Image Gallery Beaver Creek Canyon

The canyon has a bit of tragic history that you can visit. In January of 1953, a C-46 transport plane carrying soldiers returning from the Korean war crashed in the valley at the top of the canyon. The plane was slightly over weight, but without today's modern black box, the cause is still unknown, though they blame was placed on turbulent conditions and iced over wings. All 49 persons aboard were killed, including 37 servicemen. The wreckage was found 5 days later and witnesses described it as horrific. Due to conditions on the mountain, the recovery took till June. An armed guard was kept at the crash site until all remains were recovered. 

Pat Hollow crash site fotos

Beaver Creek Canyon was  part of the mountain man historical period of the west. Today, you can see how many beaver dams there are in the area. This has not changed much since the 1820's when the beaver felt hat sent men into the mountains in search of the beaver. The Cache County area of Utah played an important role in the mountain man era. The trappers would cache, french for store or hide, their pelts until they all met up at the rendezvous once

a year, where they sold them. Almost trapped to extinction, the beaver have made a

comeback which can be seen by the amount of dams in the area. Though there are literally hundreds of dams, the odds of viewing a beaver is slim. They tend to be very camera shy.