The Bear Lake area is contained within two counties.
Bear Lake County
in Idaho and Rich County
on the Utah side. There are two large National Forests in the area as
well. There is the
National Forest and the
Forest. Of note is the Pruess Mountain Range. The elevation
varies in the forest areas from a low of around 5900 feet to a high of 9500 feet
at Sherman Peak in the
Wasatch-Cache National Forest. A lot more information is available at
Lake Regional Commission's web site.
You can see here, that the North Pole Loop
is tucked right up against 1.3 million acres of the
Forest. By snowmobile, it will take about 45 seconds to get from the
North Pole Loop to the
Forest. On the other side of US 30, just past
Montpelier you see the 3+ million acre
National Forest. By snowmobile, it would probably take you 20-30
minutes to get to that forest.