Experience the stunning Wasatch Mountain Range and indulge in a world-class drink downtown all in the same breath.
Ogden, Northern Utah's hidden gem offers rugged peaks lined with Ponderosa pines, trembling aspens, and Rocky Mountain Douglas-firs, cool alpine lakes, and a healthy population of elk, moose, and other wildlife create a remarkable landscape. Punctuate a day exploring the mountains with a stroll down Historic 25th Street in Downtown Ogden and catch a comedy show at Wise Guys, lounge in a lawn chair at the Ogden Amphitheater during a concert, or make a stop at rooftop bar Alleged for an evening nightcap.
Here's some food and trail combinations you can use to enjoy a day exploring and grubbing down in Ogden:
Experience the dramatic views of Malans Peak
Hike: For hikers looking for a modest challenge with a payoff, check out Malans Peak. With a 2,140-foot gain in under three miles, the summit of this out-and-back trail rewards those who complete it with panoramic views of Ogden, the Great Salt Lake and surrounding mountains. Leading into Taylor Canyon, the first half of this five-mile route is shaded, easy-going and includes a waterfall. The second half is where the heavy breathing starts: steep switchbacks lined with pines that lead up the mountain. Pro-tip: There are several places to stop for views. Don’t stop at the first overlook. Continue on to the summit for the best views!
Eat: After conquering Malans, take a 10-minute drive and treat yourself to one of Odgen’s best Japanese eateries: Tona Sushi Bar and Grill. Tona uses locally sourced ingredients and fresh seafood from around the globe to create innovative dishes like the Smokin Hot-Machi roll--made with light rosemary smoked hamachi, avocado, fennel, thai chili, thin sliced oranges and citrus soy. Tona’s also offers other Japanese staples, such as Tempura Udon, Nigiri, Chicken Teriyaki, Bento Boxes and more. Dine in modern, elevated seating or choose a more intimate experience and sip on hot sake in traditional, low-rise tables.
Frozen wonders at Waterfall Canyon Trail
Hike: Waterfall Canyon Trail is one of Ogden’s most popular in-and-out hikes. The end of this short but strenuous 2.4-mile scramble features a 200-foot waterfall set against a backdrop of the valley, and offers two distinct experiences depending on the season. Complete this trail during the busy, warmer months and cool off with your fellow mountaineers at the waterfall. Or visit during the quiet winter, when the waterfall transforms into a snow-capped, frozen cascade. The terrain is rocky, so spikes and poles, while not necessary, are recommended if snowy.
Eat: Craft cocktails and margaritas? Award-winning tacos? Say less. Head on over to The Junction to stop at Sonora Grill. Sonora Grill is unique—an independent restaurant that serves creative Mexican cuisine in a refined atmosphere with unparalleled customer service. Did you know that most of their produce is actually grown here in Ogden...The tacos, the salads, and the chips and salsa are unmatched.
Ogden River Parkway: A confluence of nature and urban
Hike: The Wasatch Mountain Range isn’t the only locale available to visitors wanting to enjoy the outdoors. Ogden River Parkway offers an easy and convenient nature excursion in the heart of downtown Ogden. Part of the larger Centennial Trail, the path winds 4.7 miles along the Ogden River and connects to several popular parks, including the Ogden Botanical Gardens, Big D, Dinosaur and Lorin Farr parks. The paved trail is perfect for cyclists, joggers, families with little ones in tow, or anyone looking to enjoy a leisurely stroll.
Eat: Hop off the Ogden River Parkway mid-steam and right into Ogden’s premiere restaurant hot spot. From the local tacos at Wimpy and Fritz and good vibes to the beer on tap at Ogden Beer Company, theres no better spot to be. If you’re still thirsty afterward, head down the Parkway another 2.5 miles and make a stop at Roosters B Street Brewery and Taproom.