I usually start most of my mornings by doing work on my websites, catching up on emails, checking up on social media and planning the next days work. After I get this “work” done, I like to try and get out for a few hours for some exercise, exploring and of course fun. On this particular day, I decided to hop on my bike and travel along the Centennial Trail in Ogden but I wanted to go from the beginning to the end which is about 27 miles. Ah, no biggie.
Centennial Trail in Ogden – What an Adventure
First, I had to get to the start of the of the Centennial Trail which is named the Ogden River Parkway. The ride to get here was about 4 miles, but I was just doing a leisurely ride today as I knew it would be a long day. I have already shown parts of the Ogden River Parkway in my after mountain trail walk post, so let me start out by showing you the view from this nice clearing along the trail.
According to the map, there are 10 key places along the trail to check out and I hoped to make it to all of them.
Points of Interest Along Centennial Trail:
- Ogden Waterfall Canyon (I showed you this in the following post
- Dinosaur Park – This is an outdoor park with giant replicas of Dinosaurs in a forest environment
- MTC Learning Park – A beautifully landscaped park with a walking path and plenty of plants and wild flowers
- Ogden Pioneer Stadium – This is where they hold rodeo events and they actually had the Pioneer Days Events going on while I was passing by but I forgot to take pictures 🙁
- 21 Street Pond – The trail raps around this pond, does a loop or you can continue north
- Ogden Kayak Park – I was very interested in seeing some kayaking
- Fort Buenaventura – A neat fort between the rivers and by the lake.
- Kingfisher Wetlands – This area is a preserved piece of land that the Centennial Trail travels through where you are sure to see and hear plenty of birds
- Riverdale Kayak Park – More Kayaking! Sweet!
- Riverdale Disc Golf
As I mentioned in the list above, I have already included the Ogden Canyon Waterfall in a previous post so the next point of interest to see on the trail was Dinosaur Park. Well, the park was blocked by the bushes and trees along the trail, so I didn’t go around to check it out but maybe later.
Next up was the MTC Learning park. It was closed but I was able to ride my bike along the park paths and I actually stopped to take a picture:
This ride along Centennial Trail actually took place on the last day of the Pioneer Days Rodeo event which I was planning on attending that evening, so I didn’t get any pictures thinking I would get them later. Bummer. I was really looking forward to seeing a rodeo in such a small venue. I’m used to rodeo events in the Astrodome and Reliant Center in Houston so I felt like this would be up close and personal. Well, below is an over head from Google Maps of what is looks like, although they need to do an update in the area.
The next point of interest on my long bike ride was the 21st Street Pond which the track loops around and there is a fishing area available but I was mainly interested in getting past this obstacle as kayaking areas were coming up.
To my disappointment, there wasn’t much going on at Ogden Kayak Park so I continued on looking for Fort Buenaventura. The trail in this area became a little confusing as it was partially under construction or repair but I did find my way to Fort Buenaventura, and also noticed a lake and campsite along side the Fort. The city that grew from the Fort Buenaventura settlement was later named Ogden in honor of Peter Skene Ogden, who trapped fur in the area. See my video below, I had to cut it short as there was a group of people entering what I thought was my private videoing time. LOL!!
After checking out the fort, I had my eyes set on the next kayaking area, oh, and a fast trip through Kingfisher Wetlands. Doing double-time through the wetlands allowed me to get plenty of views of the birds and of course I heard plenty of chirping as well, even though I was on a fast pace.
Finally, I made it to a cool area that looked like a lot of fun. Riverdale Kayak Park has a nice group of rapids that you can either ride in a kayak or you can go for it by tube or without. Check out the next two videos of the area.
Now part II –
By this time, I was starving and planning on getting lunch somewhere. The next point of interest on the map was the Riverdale Disc Golf, so I figured I would save that for another day.
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