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Discover Ogden’s Attractions and Activities
From the fun to the downright funky, Ogden, Utah is anything but your typical mountain town. Discover three world-class ski resorts located just 20 minutes from downtown, and enjoy 450 inches of powdery snow each season. Anglers, canoers and kayakers have their choice of the Ogden and Weber Rivers, along with over 13,000 acres of freshwater lakes teeming with largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, perch, bluegill, tiger muskie and walleye. If outdoor adventure is your priority, explore the Wasatch Mountain Range or set off for any of the eleven national parks within a day’s drive of downtown Ogden. And don’t forget Historic 25th Street, featuring eclectic shopping and our vibrant nightlife district.
You are welcome to your usual vacation routine during your stay in Ogden, Utah. However, if you prefer to limit your vacation choices, so you can say you tried it all, the Ogden region, may not be for you. We simply offer too much variety. However, if you have a thirst for adventure, like a little something new each day, and don’t mind a unique brand of fun loving rowdiness, read on to see what made National Geographic Adventurer declare Ogden “The Next Best Place .”
You can fit it all in the wild, the wonderful, and the authentically unique – in ideally situated Ogden, Utah where everything is in easy reach. From downtown shopping, dining, and nightlife to the rugged recreation and beautiful natural attractions in the unbelievably accessible foothills and mountains, unforgettable experiences await.
Ogden is kicked back along the foot of the Wasatch Mountains, a range with peaks that rise to 9,000 feet and whose face is carved by spectacularly deep mountain canyons. Inherent public access to those peaks and canyons is enhanced by a spaghetti bowl of trails known as the Ogden Trail Network, which offers boundless options for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding.
The world caught a glimpse of Ogden’s winter playground during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, when Snowbasin hosted the downhill, combined and super-G events. A number of ski magazines continue to expose Ogden’s powder shots and upper bowls in all their pristine beauty. As a result, we’ve noticed the new downhillers, snowboarding airdogs, and cross country gliders in our midst. Welcome. Just try to contain your giddiness, it’s a dead giveaway.
Feed your inner art lover with the diverse, exceptional arts and entertainment choices Ogden has to offer. Browse original works of art at one of fifteen independent galleries. Enjoy native artists’ work at local eateries
From about 400 - 1350 A.D., the area now known as Ogden Utah was home to the Great Salt Lake Fremont Indians. Following the Fremont, the Northern Shoshone and Goshute tribes inhabited the area. The first permanent settlement by people of European descent in the region that is now Utah was here and originally named Fort Buenaventura. Mormon settlers bought the fort for $1,950 in 1847.