In the last 20 years the city has advanced a reputation as an outdoor recreation mecca. Companies like Amer Sports' Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc’teryx have established operations in the city and lured employees with the city’s enticing mountain biking, skiing and hiking trails only minutes from downtown — also essential for outdoor industry product testing. Ogden has also worked to restore its historic art deco architecture and buildings and blend in new development toward a charming and vibrant downtown. Stroll Historic 25th Street, do a Hike + Dine and take in all things Ogden.
Gentrified, it is not. This is not Oglandia. It is O-Town, according to the t-shirts. People are Ogdenites — like rocks, an aggregate of unique minerals bound together … and a little gritty. To me, this place is a gem. — Paula Colman
Ogden's Notable Past
In 1869, workers for the Central Pacific and Union Pacific drove the ceremonial “golden spike” into the ground connecting the First Transcontinental Railroad. Nearby Ogden experienced the economic prosperity, fame and a colorful reputation so often found in Western cities following an influx of money. At the height of the boom, Ogden was home to more millionaires per capita than any other place in the country. During prohibition, hidden tunnels allowed booze to flow in the speakeasies and brothels along 25th Street. So prevalent was vice and avarice in these days that even the notorious gangster Al Capone allegedly found Ogden to be too rough and lawless for his taste. Things are different today, but many of the businesses today pay tribute to Ogden’s notorious past. Alleged, a nightclub on 25th Street, names each of their signature cocktails after the notable characters who used to frequent the area, including the local legend, jazz saxophonist Joe McQueen.
Historic 25th Street occupies three blocks and features restored Victorian buildings and whispers of art deco. Photo: Barry Gutierrez
"Still Untamed” is Ogden's motto reinforcing the independence and diversity established by railroad lines intersecting downtown during the 19th century. Photo: Barry Gutierrez
A mural promoting Ogden's annual Pioneer Days rodeo, celebrating Utah's statehood. Photo: Jeremiah Watt
Waffles on 25th Streeet
Food truck turned restaurant sharing the love of the Belgian Liege Waffle. Photo: Jeremiah Watt
In addition to great fishing and kayaking, Ogden's River and Parkway allows you to bike, walk or run miles of paved trails. Photo: Barry Gutierrez
Historic Union Station
In addition to the appropriately located Utah State Railroad Museum, you can explore the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, Browning Kimball Classic Car Museum, and Utah State Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Photo: Barry Gutierrez
New World Distillery
This destination distillery serves up Utah’s first agave (tequila) and an award-winning super-premium Oomaw Gin. Photo: Jeremiah Watt
Grounds for Coffee has an extensive list of caffeinated concoctions matched by variations on lemonade. It also rents bicycles to tour the city’s miles and miles of paved trails from its 25th Street location. Photo: Jeremiah Watt
Shooting Star Saloon
Located in scenic Ogden Valley, Shooting Star Saloon is the oldest continuously operating saloon in Utah. Photo: Jeremiah Watt
A Snowbasin gondola ride warms kids up in between runs. Photo: Jeremiah Watt
Nordic Valley Ski Resort
Enjoy Nordic Valley's annual average of 300 inches, a full mountain of night skiing and inexpensive lift passes. Photo: Jeremiah Watt
Beloved Powder Mountain limits its daily ticket cap to 1,500, and with 7,900 acres of skiable terrain between traditional lift-served runs and cat-accessible powder country, that means there’s about three acres per skier. Photo: Jeremiah Watt
With American eats and unique sodas on tap, Union Grill is a family favorite. Photo: Jeremiah Watt
Bites & Beats
Tasty pizza served up at Slackwater Pizzeria & Pub, such as "The Hulk," which features a green cilantro-lime cream base, avocado, tomatoes, fresh jalapeños and a blend of cheeses. Photo: Jeremiah Watt
Things to Do in Ogden
From the parkways right in town or the nearby mountain trails, Ogden has a robust trail network, for hikers, equestrian riders and mountain bikers. Learn more about hiking in Ogden or see how to hike and dine in the same day
Mount Ogden Via Ferrata
Via Ferrata (Italian for "iron road") is a protected mountain climb that lets less-experienced climbers enjoy views and experience adrenaline rushes from rugged Mount Ogden that are usually only available to elite climbers. If you can climb a ladder, you can climb the Via Ferrata. You're always attached to the safety cable. No ropes or knots required. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and you’ll enjoy the guided adventure. Reserve an individual, private or group climb.
Historic Union Station
In addition to the appropriately located Utah State Railroad Museum, you can explore the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, Browning Kimball Classic Car Museum, and Utah State Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. There are also two galleries and regular events in the classic train station, whose iconic neon sign keeps watch over historic 25th Street.
iFly Utah Indoor Skydiving
Maybe you've come to Ogden for its proximity to three incredible ski resorts. Maybe you're enjoying a great meal downtown during a stopover en route to Bear Lake or Yellowstone. Whatever your itinerary, you must plan a stop at iFly Utah Indoor Skydiving. Great instructors get you oriented to the unique sensation of indoor skydiving, then set you and your family free to feel the rush in a controlled environment.
Hill Aerospace Museum
Airplane buffs will love the Hill Aerospace Museum near Hill Air Force Base. Part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program, the museum features more than 90 military aircraft, missiles and aerospace vehicles from around the world. Knowledgeable volunteers support well-maintained exhibits tracing the history of flight starting from the beginning and moving through World War II, Dawn of the Jet Age, The Cold War, and Keeping the Peace.
Spiral Jetty (Nearby)
The massive earthwork sculpture Spiral Jetty by famed artist Robert Smithson is in a remote but accessible area of the Great Salt Lake. The earth art is popular with photographers and travelers who enjoy exploring off the beaten path and is an internationally known earth art piece.
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