Out of the way? Let’s define our terms. The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge fits that description in some ways, being located about an hour from Salt Lake City and a longer distance from anywhere south of the capital city. What’s more, many Utahns simply picture the refuge as more remote than it really is. Maybe if the name included “Brigham City” instead of “Bear River,” it would seem closer. The visitors center is only a quarter-mile off Interstate 15 at Exit 363, near Brigham City. Even so, at the western edge of the auto loop, the remote feeling is striking.
Conditions are variable as the seasons change in Northern Utah, but the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Those opening and closing phases tend to provide the best opportunities for bird watching. The refuge is operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and is a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. In addition to the auto tour, an accessible, 1.5-mile walking trail is provided near the James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center near the entrance. For current information about visiting the refuge, see the UFWS website.
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