Fall Outdoors Activities To Do Near Ogden
This post was most recently updated on October 31st, 2016
Right now the mountains are gorgeous. It’s cooler outside and Ogden has many options for all levels. Explore these ways to get outdoors and really enjoy Fall before snow falls.
Fall is an ideal time to get outdoors. It’s not blistering hot. There aren’t as many people and the trails are clear. While it’s getting cold for all but the most die-hard water rafters, Fall is the time to go hiking, fishing, mountain biking or climbing.
“The season for biking and climbing is even better now that it’s cooled off a bit,” Andrew Arredondo said. Andrew is the Technical Coordinator at 2nd Track Sports on Canyon Road in Ogden. He says ski passes to Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, and Nordic Valley are selling fast. At Nordic Valley, there are special prices for teachers, police officers, fire departments, EMTs/Paramedics, college students and those in the military.
“Right now a lot of people are getting a jump on discounted season ski rentals. All three of our shops have loads of them going out every day,” he said.
Hikes Near Ogden: Birdsong Trail
Ogden has the Bonneville Shoreline and others like the Birdsong Trail, which is near the Rainbow Gardens restaurant. To get there, take the 12th Street exit in Ogden and take it into Ogden Canyon. Just before the canyon, turn right on Valley Drive. Rainbow Gardens is on your left, and you’ll park right there. Look for the sign that says Rainbow Trail. At just over 1.5 miles, the hike is short enough for little kids. For more advanced hikers who have more time, the Skyline Trail is eight miles each way and starts at North Ogden Pass.
Fishing Spot: Causey
There are many spots to go fishing. One is Causey Reservoir, located 15 miles northeast of Ogden, just off Utah State Route 39. Causey Reservoir is one of the only places in Utah where you can fish for Kokanee Salmon. There is also trout. Fishing from motorized boats is prohibited, so bring a boat or a spear.
Mountain Biking – Including Guided Tours
There are several bike shops in Ogden that rent mountain bikes. Butch Wright, bike mechanic, and wrench monkey at Skyline Cycle on Washington Boulevard said mountain biking is in high gear. “Now’s probably the best season in Utah because it’s not so hot,” he said. The shop has been doing group rides since the 70s (check their Facebook page for details). “Ride the trails, look at the leaves,” Butch recommends. Popular rides for their customers include Monte Crisco and Logan Canyon.
ATV riding is big in Utah, especially in October (hunting season). Noel Cherrington at Triple S in West Haven said, “We’re getting into hunting season. People are getting them [ATVs] reserved. They rent pretty fast, so as soon as you know your plans, call to make reservations.” He noted that customers liked going places such as Tony’s Grove by Logan, Monte Cristo, and the West Desert. For guided ATV tours, check out Club Rec in Eden, Utah. While you’re in Eden, consider stopping by to relax and eat at Carlo’s & Harleys.
For those who want to pick up some equipment that’s not too pricey. Watch for the Weber State Outdoor Gear Sale And Swap in October. Another resource is the Ogden Outdoors Facebook Group, where outdoor enthusiasts will offer suggestions to just about any outdoor activity in the state, any time of the year. For rock climbers, check out Weber State’s Outdoor Program, which offers guided tours.