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A quick Utah geography primer for those not familiar...

A quick Utah geography primer for those not familiar...

If you’re in Salt Lake City, you’re also in the Salt Lake Valley. However, if you’re in Ogden City, you’re not in Ogden Valley.

You have to go up from Ogden City to get to Ogden Valley. And if that seems counterintuitive, the song “Down in the Valley” has never made sense to Ogden-area locals, either. If someone from Ogden had written that song, it would be called “Up in the Valley.”

“Up in the valley, the valley so high, Pull your car over, watch the athletes fly by.”

Ogden Valley has firmly put a pin in the map as one of the top sporting and adventure playgrounds in the mountain west. World-class events such as the Ogden MarathonRAGNAR, the Tour of Utah, the XTERRA USA National Championships, the Huntsville Marathon, the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships and others have had athletes compete in Ogden Valley before handing out championship titles.

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Olympians and Winter Dew Tour athletes have had medals hung around their necks in the mountains that surround the valley at nearby Snowbasin Resort. Motorsports and fat bike national champions have stood on podiums at Powder Mountain. Championship wakeboard events regularly bring crowds to the shores of Pineview Reservoir.

However, you don’t need to be an über athlete to enjoy Ogden Valley’s immense recreational opportunities. Hundreds of miles of interconnected trails host mountain bikers and hikers of all levels. Wakeless areas of Pineview welcome stand-up paddleboarders and kayakers. A paved walkway extends its reach every year and will eventually circumnavigate the entire lake.

Wolf Creek Golf Club offers a semi-private championship course billed as “More Park, Less City.” The tagline alone is a good indication of the laid back approach to things in this outdoor mecca. Wolf Creek Resort is also home to ClubRec where you can get outfitted with rentals for virtually any Ogden Valley activity...summer or winter.

If recreation isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty to do. If stargazing is more your speed, North Fork Park recently gained “Dark Sky” status with the towering Wasatch Range providing protection from light pollution, and local astronomy buffs regularly host stargazing parties. North Fork is also home to the Blues & Roots Music Festival every August, where a local organization brings in some of the biggest names in the respective genres.

Looking for a more traditional sort of “nightlife?” Don’t miss the Shooting Star...the oldest continuously operating saloon in the state of Utah. Be sure to order a pint of their own “Shooting Star amber” and ask for a few quarters in change to coax the jukebox into playing Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Dolly Parton tunes while you gaze at the stuffed Saint Bernard and try to guess how many $1 bills are plastered to the ceiling.

Accommodations in and around Ogden Valley range from campgrounds to some of the most luxurious condominiums and rental homes anywhere in the state of Utah. When it comes to dining options, Ogden Valley offers everything from your typical lakeside fare of burgers and pizza to some of the best dining in Northern Utah. Two not-to-miss Ogden Valley restaurants are Carlos & Harley’s and North Fork Table & Tavern.

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