We all know Ogden is a hub for hiking, biking, skiing, and snowboarding. But it doesn’t stop there. If you’re looking for summer activities beyond hiking, you’ve come to the right place. Ogden offers unique outdoor adventures you don’t want to miss out on, from whitewater rafting and tubing to zip-lining across a waterfall.
To start your summertime adventures, your first stop is the Utah Adventure Center. With locations across Utah, Wyoming, and Eastern Idaho, this outfitter guides dozens of unique outdoor adventures you won’t find elsewhere. The Ogden meetup spot is just off Buchanan Avenue, convenient for locals and visitors.
Take a thrilling ride through Ogden’s Waterfall Canyon with the Utah Adventure Center’s Waterfall Zipline Adventure! The trip starts with a two-mile ATV ride up the mountain and into a private guest ranch.
Once you’re there, you’ll zip over and back four times across the face of the waterfall. Zipline tours are available for individuals, private, open, and non-profit groups.
The term “Via Ferrata” is Italian for “iron way.” A Via Ferrata is a route on a mountain face equipped with steel cables, ladders, and other fixed anchors. Used initially out of necessity in World War I, they’re an excellent way for climbers of all skill levels to enjoy rugged mountains safely. Think of it like climbing a ladder on the side of a mountain– no ropes or complex knots needed.
The Via Ferrata Adventure at Waterfall Canyon offers an unforgettable climbing adventure for groups and individuals. Utah Adventure provides all the equipment, and you don’t need any climbing experience to participate.
For an off-road journey you’ll never forget, take a guided ATV safari! Guided daytime and sunset ATV tours are available for groups as large as five. The ATV safari is a fun option if heights aren’t your thing, but you still want a unique adventure. As you explore Utah’s backcountry in a six-passenger ATV, you’ll see abandoned mines, a remote waterfall, and unmatched views of Great Salt Lake.
Weber River Rafting
After all those dry land adventures, it’s time to cool off! And what better place to do so than the Mighty Weber River? With mild class one and two rapids, guided raft trips on the Weber River are ideal for families, groups of friends, youth activities, and more.
A raft trip is the perfect adrenaline-filled way to get in the water and spend time with loved ones. Once you try it, we’re confident you’ll want to make rafting a summer tradition.
To schedule your raft trip, check out the following outfitters to see which works best for you and your group. All local rafting outfitters employ licensed, experienced guides to ensure your safety and help your group have a fantastic time.
Weber River Tubing
You may have tubed on other lakes or rivers, but tubing the Weber River is not your typical lazy river float. With class two rapids, this tube ride is more extreme and recommended only for those with previous whitewater tubing experience. The float takes approximately two hours, and outfitters will equip you with heavy-duty tubes and personal flotation devices for safety.
Ready to get on the water? Plan your tubing adventure with one of the following outfitters. With the help of licensed guides, your group will take a trip through class two rapids. It’s a thrilling water adventure that’s sure to cool you down.
Weber River Kayaking and Paddleboarding
For more Weber River fun, Destination Sports also offers guided paddleboarding and kayaking trips. If you’re new to these sports, they also offer private lessons to help you learn the basic techniques and build confidence.
Standing paddleboards and kayaks are a unique, active way to experience the Weber River. Kayak trips are also available as part of rafting tours or separately through Pro Rafting Tours.
Responsible & Safe Recreation
If you want the best summer possible, safety is a priority. Whether you decide to raft, tube, off-road, or zipline, always hire a guide or book your summer adventure through one of the licensed outfitters mentioned above. Even if you have experience with any of these activities, we recommend going with a licensed guide or instructor. These professionals know how to keep you safe and have years of hands-on experience guiding, teaching, and doing the activities.
For more Ogden summer activity ideas, check out this list!