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The Best of Both Worlds in Ogden, Utah

Featuring: Colt Jarvis

Director of Marketing & Communications , Visit Ogden

Ogden, Utah has it all - the river, the mountains, and an award-winning restaurant scene. Build your Ogden itinerary with the help of a destination expert.

Rediscover America spoke with Colt Jarvis, Director of Marketing and Communications at Visit Ogden to learn about the authentic side of this mountain town. We learned that you're never far away from a hiking, biking or river excursion in Ogden and we even found out about some hidden beaches! Come along for the adventure.

#1 Chase Waterfalls

What are you most excited to do this summer?

Outdoor Recreation & A Local Brew

I am excited to go grab a beer at UTOG, one of our local breweries, and within five minutes, be kayaking on the Ogden River. Or, go hiking and within ten minutes afterwards, be enjoying a slice of pizza at Lucky Slice.

We have a lot of outdoor activities for all skill levels here. The Ogden River has many access points and varying areas of difficulty. I recommend checking out Ogden Canyon Waterfall on your kayak journey, and once you pass through the canyon, you enter our downtown area.

For hikers, Waterfall Canyon is moderately challenging, but it's always beautiful. North Fork Park is my personal favorite spot, since it's a great place to camp. It's a designated dark sky area, so the stars are fantastic.

"One of the best parts about Ogden is how close the downtown area is to our outdoor recreation." Colt Jarvis, Visit Ogden

#2 Explore the Creative District

What is your favorite place to take visitors?

9 Rails Creative District

I love taking people to the 9 Rails Creative District. It has a lot of local art and it's the home of The Monarch Building, where you can find many artists, murals, paintings, and other traditional art, plus there are podcasters, bands, and writers. It's a really cool creative center.

In the summer, the district does a First Friday Art Stroll, where you can walk through The Monarch and the downtown area and see all of the awesome murals and other public art.

My personal favorite local artist is Joanne Hall, and I also love The Ogden Adventure Show podcast, which records in The Monarch.

#3 Drink Local Libations

What is the best place to get a drink in town that just feels like Ogden?

Harp and Hound

My favorite drink is called the Ogden Train Wreck, which you can get at Harp and Hound, right across from City Hall. We are a railroad town originally, which is where it got its name. The drink is essentially a melon-flavored AMF, but it's made with local spirits. Some of my favorite spirits are from Ogden's Own Distillery and New World Distillery, two fantastic Ogden-area distilleries. I also enjoy beer from our local breweries such as Roosters Brewing Co. and UTOG.

Ogden’s Own has an amazing gin called Madam Pattirini, which was named after one of Brigham Young’s sons who was a drag queen. Also one of my favorite go to drinks is a simple Vodka Tonic made with New World Distillery’s Ogden Valley Vodka. You can never go wrong with either of these drinks.

"Ogden's Own and New World Distilleries offer award winning locally based spirits that will improve any drink or cocktail and give you a literal taste of Ogden." Colt Jarvis, Visit Ogden

#4 Follow Hidden Paths

Where would you take a know-it-all local to show them a new side of Ogden?

Pineview Reservoir Beaches

Most locals don't know about the vast amount of beach space at Pineview Reservoir. Most all are accessible from public parking areas, but a good walk will get you a little more privacy.

My favorite beach has a rope swing and an old tree stump locals have carved their names into. Although we no longer carve in order to preserve our wildlife areas, it is fun to see the past initials and years gone by. There are pathways around much of the lake, you can simply pull up our map online and see where you may want to go and find the nearest parking, trail or path.

#5 Go All the Way Up

What is one of Ogden's hidden gems?

Scenic Views at Powder Mountain

If you drive up to the top of Powder Mountain on Powder Mountain Road, you can see both valleys at one of the highest accessible points in the area. It's breathtaking. You can see down into Ogden and gain some perspective of our amazing location. During wildflower season or during leaf peeping season, it's even more of an amazing view.

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#6 Grab a Bite

Where are some of your favorite restaurants in Ogden?

Union Grill or Tona Sushi

In addition to Lucky Slice and UTOG, I highly recommend Union Grill for some of the best French onion soup you will ever taste. Tona is one of the premier sushi bars that serves Utah’s surprisingly avid sushi community, but they have other Japanese items on the menu as well.

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About the Contributor

Colt Jarvis

Director of Marketing & Communications

About The Contributor

As Director of Marketing & Communications at Visit Ogden, Colt loves connecting visitors and locals to the many adventures in Ogden, Utah.