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WELCOME TO OGDEN VALLEY, UTAH
Article adapted from “A Valley for all Season” by Drienie Hattingh, Valley View Magazine, 2003
The Upper Ogden Valley Utah sits at an elevation ensuring plentiful winter snow and comfortable summer temperatures. Located 10 miles from Ogden City and 50 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, this Valley is easy to find. It is a place of wide-open spaces, mountains, wetlands, rivers, gurgling mountain streams and recreational Pineview Reservoir. Leave the stress of daily life and go walking, cycling or horseback riding through green fields, sage and woodlands with endless mountain views. At night, Mother Nature provides the only light with the Milky Way clearly visible in the dark velvet skies.
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It is glorious when the Valley and mountains are covered in florescent green grass, dotted with alpine flowers. The clean mountain air is filled with sounds of running water and chirping birds back from their travels. Mountain snow melts into the brooks and streams and rushes down the mountains and through the canyons into the Valley. Kayakers awake from their winter slumber to enjoy exhilarating rides through the narrows of the rushing Ogden River or peaceful paddles on Pineview Reservoir.
Fishermen revel at this time of year when record-sized tiger muskies are ravenous in Pineview Reservoir. Fly-fishermen cannot wait to stand in the streams and the Ogden River, fly rods in hand, casting flies above the rushing clean water filled with brown, cut-throat and rainbow trout.
The Valley is a summer playground as the sun shines down on one perfect day after another. Visitors and locals bring their motorboats, water skis, fishing rods, climbing gear, golf clubs, hiking boots and bicycles to make use of the lake, rivers, mountains, fairways and trails. Pineview Reservoir sparkles like a precious blue sapphire in the Valley and its lovely beaches lure people to cool off on hot summer days. Sailing and windsurfing is a dream on this pristine lake, with Eden and Huntsville nesting on its shores, surrounded by awesome mountain views. With all that it offers it is no wonder that Pineview Reservoir is the most popular summer water sports area in Utah. The US Forest Service splendidly maintains charming campgrounds in the Valley and mountains. One of them, the Anderson Cove Campground is rated as one of the ten best in Utah.
Red Cliff Ranch Outfitters and Café offers horseback rides, Western Camps, and overnight trips through the foothills of Monte Cristo, covered with pine and aspen trees where the Beaver Creek and the South Fork of the Ogden River join. Hunting and fishing guides are also available at Red Cliff Ranch.
Driving through the mountains and the Valley in autumn is glorious. The willows on the Valley floor are the first to change into brilliant yellows. On the slopes, groves of aspen, maple and oak trees change (continued on at different times adorning the Valley in glowing colors throughout this wonderful season. In late September patches of yellow aspen gleam in the mountains as they seem to catch and store the sun’s rays. By mid-October orange prevails when the oaks and maples change, enveloping the Valley in an amber glow as the sun sets behind the peaks.
A scenic Northern Utah drive is a wonderfully relaxing way to spend an autumn day. A gorgeous drive is Route 39 around Pineview Reservoir – one of only 26 Scenic Byways in Utah. Beginning at the mouth of Ogden Canyon, the byway circles around Pineview Reservoir and up to Monte Cristo.
Rated as one of the ten best scenic drives in America, this trip is not to be missed. Translucent yellow, blazing orange and vibrant reds contrast sharply against the gray, skyscraping cliffs and the cool tumbling waters of the Ogden River.
Ogden Canyon is also popular with rock climbers from all over the country. On any given day during late summer and fall, the canyon cliffs are dotted with rock climbers. The easily accessible vertical climbing is one of the reasons that the cliffs in the canyon are so popular.
Driving into the Valley over Trappers Loop (Rte 167) in winter is perhaps the most awe-inspiring. Sweeping views of mountains and foothills perpetuate as far as one can see. Eventually the Valley appears below – silent and serene with Pineview Reservoir frozen in winter’s glacial embrace.
Three ski resorts stand guard over the Valley. Powder Mountain, the locals’ ski resort, is the largest in Utah with 7,000 acres and 500 inches of snow on average per year. Seven lifts serve more than 2,800 acres of skiing and snowboarding on 144 runs for the entire family. The Powder Country Shuttle serves another 1,200 acres, while the Lightning Ridge Snowcat serves 700 acres of fresh powder for days after a storm. Backcountry tour areas include the Snowcat Powder Safari (3,000 acres) and the DMI/Wolf Canyon Tours (1,000 acres). Two terrain parks will challenge the most energetic of athletes. The resort also offers heli-skiing and night skiing. Talk about getting your fill of the deep, fluffy stuff!
Snowbasin Resort sits at a breathtaking location just below the summit ridge of Mount Ogden. The magnificent, luxurious pine lodges with gourmet fare, colossal ruby and emerald chandeliers, massive stone fireplaces and striking wildlife sculptures enhance the lofty views of the Valley below. This premier resort boasts the world’s largest automated snowmaking system allowing for early season openings and late closings, in addition to the 400 inches of natural powder. Snowbasin is known for its challenging slopes as well as for gentle beginner terrain on 3,330 acres. The site of the Downhills, Super-Gs and Combined alpine events of the 2002 Olympic Games, this is a world class ski experience without the crowds. The Nordic Center provides groomed trails.
Nordic Valley, is a family fun headquarters. The Learning Center and Kids Zone offers quality children’s ski or snowboard lessons and programs in a safe environment. The resort offers a great value, with specials every weeknight and programs for the entire family. With three chair lifts, they offer Utah’s largest night skiing with 100% of the mountain under lights.
Snowmobiling enthusiasts enjoy some of best terrain in the West on almost 200 miles of groomed trails in the Monte Cristo area. Reserve a machine with Club Rec and it will be ready for you at the trail head.
Cross-country skiers and snowshoers enjoy miles and miles of groomed and off piste trails at North Fork Park. And don’t let anyone tell you that Eden does not have night life… right through the cold winter months hundreds of fishermen, women and children ice fish on the frozen Pineview Reservoir for record-sized perch.
Now you have no excuse not to enjoy Ogden Valley Utah year-round!
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