If you hear someone mention Ogden, Utah, outdoor fun and history might be the first two things that come to mind. In fact, the first thing that pops into your head is probably a question: Where the heck is Ogden? Referred to as “…a Disneyland for adrenaline junkies” in 2008 by Sunset Magazine, Ogden is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and offers plenty of recreation opportunities including hiking, biking, rock climbing, skiing, snowmobiling, kayaking, golf, and skydiving. Ranked #3 on Outside Magazine’s list of “20 Best Towns in America,” Ogden also a rich arts, culture, and history scene. From the Sundance Film Festival to galleries and museums, Ogden also has plenty to offer after you’ve got your workout in.
Below, we’ve shared a few spots to check out around town:
Union Station: A monument to the cities railroading history, Union Station now houses the John M. Browning Firearms Museum and the Utah State Railroad Museum/Eccles Rail Center which houses two of the largest locomotives every manufactured.
Hill Aerospace Museum: Located on 30 acres of the Northwest corner of the Hill Air Force Base, this museum was founded in 1981 as part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program and opened in 1986. Come check out over 90 military aircraft, missiles, and aerospace vehicles on the grounds as well as a collection of military vehicles, uniforms, and thousands of artifacts.
Fort Buenaventura: Settled by Miles Goodyear, this fort has “authentic artifacts on display and hosts mountain man rendezvous re-enactments over Easter weekend.” Located on the Weber River, just west of Ogden, the fort includes camping grounds, a canoeing pond, a replicate fort, and plenty of outdoor fun!
Rent a Watercraft Near Ogden, Utah
If you’re heading to Ogden for a weekend getaway, you need to make a pit stop at the Pineview Reservoir and visit the good folks at Ogden Valley Sports. Located just 10 miles east of Ogden, Ogden Valley Sports has been renting watercrafts since 1993. One of the oldest rental watercraft companies in Utah, Ogden Valley Sports carries an outstanding selection of jet skis, canoe rentals, Waverunners, and pontoon boats. With daily rental rates (9a-7p) starting at just $149 per machine, Ogden Valley Sports allows customers to spend more time on the water and less time worrying about money. For more information, visit the company’s website or check out their corporate page at Rent It Today.