Why You Need to Visit Box Elder County in 2017

There are a few places I revisit every year which is close to the heart. Box Elder County is one of them. Where the sky meets the water, this county brings you one step closer to nature. Whether it’s from the wonderful birding activities or the lush scenery this landscape holds. This year Box Elder County should definitely be on your bucket list. Here are the top 5 activities you cannot miss in Box Elder County:

1) Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge 

Your first stop should be the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. It is one of the best birding paradises in the entire world. As a premier birding destination in the western United States it’s no wonder why it’s a great place to get in touch with nature. Located only a few miles from Brigham City, it is the perfect way to spend the day. The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge contains around 80,000 acres of land, being home to over 250 species of birds. You may spot some of your favourite birds here. 

Here you can find the largest breeding colony of White-faced Ibis and one of 3 largest colonies of American White Pelicans in North America. I love spending the day bird watching and listening to the sweet calls of wildlife. For more fun, try visiting the Wildlife Education Center to learn more about the animals, or explore the wetlands and waterfowl habitat, even maybe fish by the Bear River. 

2) Crystal Hot Springs

Within the county lies Crystal Hot Springs. The natural springs contain the highest mineral content found in any hot spring in the World making it a sight not to miss. Relax and de-stress by bathing in the therapeutic mineral waters which have many health benefits. From iron to magnesium, here at Crystal Hot Springs, there is no shortage of wellness. It’s the perfect afternoon treat for visitors of all ages.

This resort has had a long history of rehabilitation attracting groups to flock here to enjoy its natural benefits. It was once home to 450 generations of Native American families and eventually came to be used by wounded soldiers during World War II. 

3) Spiral Jetty and Sun Tunnels

The Spiral Jetty and Sun Tunnels were created by husband and wife artists, Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt. Artists exploring the human perception of time and space, earth and sky, built the Sun Tunnels in 1976. With their unique design and massive structures, they are the perfect place to get away from it all. Explore the 18 feet long tunnels of concrete tubes which pattern the star constellations of Draco, Perseus, Columbia, and Capricorn. Either spend the day spend or the night here camping- it’s up to you! If you get a chance definitely visit during a solstice where you will most likely find several groups below the sun.

4) Utah’s Official Fruitway

Have you ever visited a Fruitway before? Probably not!? If you haven’t then you need to head over to Utah’s Official Fruitway. The communities of Willard and Perry along Highway 89 were declared Utah’s Official Fruitway by the Utah State Legislature. How cool is that! Here you can find the very best in local homegrown fruits, veggies and other products in Northern Utah. Stop for a fruity roadside snack among the stalls and enjoy the sunshine!

5) Golden Spike National Historic Site

Golden Spike National Historic Site commemorates the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad where the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad met in back in 1869. It was built across the United States in an effort to connect the sparsely populated western half of the nation with more established parts of the East. History buffs alike can enjoy wandering the tracks and viewing the relics on display for a closer look into the past. Visitors are able to stand at the actual spot the Golden Spikes were driven and take part in a reenactment of the ceremony for a full hands-on experience.

6) Maddox Ranch House

Maddox Ranch House is the ultimate dining choice in Utah. To get a sense of the local culture, head over to the Ranch House which has a special place close to the heart of many Utahans. Foodies, you have to check out their Shrimp Steaks made handcrafted with wild Mexican white shrimp and the World Famous Rolls made from local Brigham City flour. After a meal here you won’t only be leaving full but you’ll want to come back again and again!

Brought to you by Elder Box Tourism


  • andrea September 11, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I have been wanting to go to Utah for YEARS. I am finally going next May. Great photos:)

  • Kohei Furumai September 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you for your great blog.

  • kenny September 10, 2017 at 11:46 am

    wow!! I have never heard of this place before, but I think I will definitely have to make the this a destination to visit in the future. It looks beautiful 😀 Thanks for sharing!!

  • Ryan September 9, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I would love to get the chance to visit!

  • Abby September 9, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Hadn’t heard of Elder Box County before. The Springs look welcoming. Love the pic of the mountain and the sunset. Looks like a great place to visit.

  • Emma @ theweekendabroad.com August 21, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I’ve never heard of this area before! Absolutely beautiful. Adding it to my list! I think this would be a perfect place to go on a road trip to (I live in California).

  • Adventographer Travel Blog August 21, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I’m a sucker for hot springs! looks like a stunning place to visit!

  • Trudi August 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

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  • Julie Torres July 25, 2017 at 1:59 am

    It looks so pretty there! Looks like a great place to visit. Thanks!

    • My One Big Planet August 21, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Such a gorgeous location! I hope you get to visit one day!

  • Suanlian Tangpua July 16, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Nice place!! I would love to bath in that Crystal Hot Springs. The area seems a very cool place.

  • Rachel July 12, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    What a pretty area! I’ve only done Park City and SLC so I’d love to check this out!


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