Many have asked my brother and I through text, email, Facebook private messages and over the phone, “Why travel to Ogden, Utah?”. Admittedly, Ogden wasn’t our first choice. We were originally looking at the Loveland/Ft.Collins, Colorado area but due to recent forest fires in that area, we changed our plans. Hopefully I can answer most of our friends and families questions below. To learn more about why I’m traveling, you can check out My Story for more on that.
Why Our Travel to Ogden, Utah was such an Appealing Destination
Being from Houston, we are used to having 9-10 summer months which is great if you enjoy wearing gloves when you drive, due to a melting steering wheel. My brother is the one who scouted Ogden online and put it on our short list of possible places to plan an extended visit. First and foremost, we were looking for a place that was different than Houston and all the negatives that surround Houston like heat, traffic, construction, noise and a ton more negatives.
Although Ogden isn’t perfect, we really liked the possibilities of all the year round outdoor activities whether it’s hot or cold. I personally enjoy getting out and exploring and Ogden offers plenty of places to go and do just that. Below are some of the summer outdoor activities I plan to take part in over the next month or two:
Ogden Outdoor Summer Activities:
- Mountain Biking
- Nature Trail Walks
- Mountain Camping
- Rock Climbing
- Skydiving? Scary
Some of this stuff I could have just done in Houston, like Hiking up the Williams tower stairs, Kayaking down Buffalo Bayou, Paragliding out of a downtown office building window, but outdoor city activities are way different than outdoor nature activities. Fresh air is one big difference. It’s nice to breathe cleaner air as I’m out adventuring.
Outdoor Winter Activities in Ogden, Utah
At this point, Trey and I are visiting Ogden for the summer but we could very well stay here for the winter months as well. Luckily, we are able to choose where we want to live and we may hop over to Colorado for the winter. The cool thing about living in Ogden during the summer is that you can learn how to get around the city whether by car, bus or train before the first snow hits in October or November. I for one have never been a big fan of cold weather but I figure I should at least try it once.
Ogden Winter Outdoor Activities:
- Winter Hiking
- 3 Ski Resorts to visit
- Hot Springs
- Snow Tubing
- Ice Skating
- Freeze My Rear Off Mountain Camping
- Snowman Building 🙂
The Awesome thing about these winter activities is that I have never tried any of them, well except for ice skating in the Galleria. Adventure awaits!
Other Reasons for Traveling to Utah
Ogden happens to be a good central location for visiting other parts of the state as well as the neighboring states.
Places I hope to check out while in the Ogden area:
- Yellowstone National Park (6 hrs)
- The Grand Canyon (about 10 hours)
- Las Vegas (about 7 hours)
- The 4 Corners (Utah, Colorado, New Mexico & Arizona borders)
- Hill Air Force Base, near Ogden
- A Utah Ghost town
- Ogden Raptors Baseball game – voted best outfield view in baseball
- Utah Olympic Park, bobsledding, downhill ski jumps, zip lines…more.
For me the trip is an outdoor adventure. Life should be an adventure, not a work in the same cubicle day to day drag.
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