Published: October 2009Best Adventure Towns
Ogden Ms

Ogden, Utah

Plan a long weekend getaway with our Ogden adventure guide, featuring great outdoor escapes, where to stay, and where to eat. Then chime in with your picks.

Photograph by Stephen Paur, My Shot

Pop. 82,865
GPS: 41°18'N 111°57'W

If there’s a Disneyland for adrenalized adults, it’s Ogden: The mountain town has man-made thrills galore. Weber River white water park offers Class II and III rapids (slightly wilder than the Pirates of the Caribbean ride), and a 43-acre water-ski park just opened downtown. The real highlight, though, is the new 148,000-square-foot Salomon Center, housing a 55-foot climbing wall, a vertical skydiving wind tunnel, and a flowboarding area that lets you surf a foam wave glazed by a three-inch layer of fast-rushing water. Not that Ogden needs artificial excitement.

Your Turn: Tell us about your favorite Ogden adventures, restaurants, and hotels in the comments section below.

Within minutes of downtown, you can ascend Mount Ogden to 170,000 acres of parkland. And from 46th Street, the Beus Canyon trail leads to Snowbasin Ski Resort, site of the downhill, combined, and super-G events in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Maddox Ranch House in nearby Perry serves cornbread and raspberry butter alongside their lean bison tenderloins and original turkey steaks (

Wake up at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in the Atomic Chalet, a bed and breakfast in the Ogden Valley (doubles from $95;

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