Getting to know Ogden

Sometimes referred to as Salt Lake’s “devious little sister,” Ogden enjoys one of Utah’s most convenient settings, in fact, mountainside Ogden is nestled near the intersection of I-15 and I-84, providing effortless access to north, south and east locations across the state. In addition, the city is just a smidge more than a half-hour (maybe 45 minutes depending on who’s at the wheel …) from Salt Lake City International Airport, so whether you’re driving or flying, getting pretty much anywhere you want to go is easy-peasy.

Backdropped by awe-inspiring mountains, this rustic urban enclave boasts a wealth of outdoor recreational assets thanks to its majestic locale. If your home-search parameters include being close to hiking/biking trails, rivers brimming with native fish, magnificent powder-rich ski-runs and snow-sport mountains, Ogden should be at the top of your list. A variety of non-cookie-cutter home options can be found in Ogden, a sampling of which ranges from new and newer townhomes to sprawling red-brick ranch-style residences with basketball hoops out front to comfy-cozy bungalows to spacious tri-levels with above-garage apartments — and tons of options in-between. The cost of living in Ogden is considered by many to be more affordable than some of her sister-cities.

The Feel

Home to Weber State University, Ogden exudes an eclectic vibe: a unique blend of mountain and snow-sport adrenaline junkies combined with the atmosphere of a college town accented by warm and friendly residential neighborhoods topped-off with a fun and funky mix of shops, saloons and eateries. Indeed, Ogden is a great place to call home especially if you enjoy being not far from a trio of world-class ski resorts and in-city riverside hiking/biking trails, but also if you want to live in a groovy city that appreciates a vibrant arts and culture scene that includes plenty of museums, galleries and festivals.

Residents and visitors alike delight in Ogden’s beautiful parks and starry night-skies as well as the city’s plethora of restaurants, breweries and distilleries, while shoppers and most everyone else loves a fun-filled night on the town on Historic 25th Street. 25th Street has a shady not-to-be-spoken-of-in-polite-company past and was once home to notorious brothels and other “unsavory” institutions, but today it is an energetic magnet for art-lovers, food-aficionados and browsers and buyers of all stripes.

A bit of history: For many years in the 1800s, trappers in the area were feverishly in pursuit of high-demand beaver pelts. Enter a fur trapper named Peter Skene Ogden. Ogden worked for several fur trading companies including the Hudson’s Bay Company, an institution with a rich Canadian history. The company still exists and is said to be the oldest incorporated joint-stock merchandising company in the English-speaking world. So with a nod to the late great broadcaster Paul Harvey, now you know the rest of the (Ogden) story.

  • Outdoorsy
  • Vivacious
  • Mountainside
  • College town
  • Affordable

An Incredible Location

Things To Do

Impish and outdoorsy, Ogden is sometimes referred to as Salt Lake City’s “devious little sister” thanks to the city’s eclectic lifestyle that includes a fun and funky mix of shops, saloons and eateries blended with a vibrant arts and culture scene. Backdropped by awe-inspiring mountains, Ogden is a mix of snow-sport adrenaline junkies (it’s super-close to world-class ski resorts), young college-town hipsters (it’s home to Weber State University), outdoorsy families with young children and pretty much anyone and everyone in between.

Ski and summer resorts
Snowbasin Resort and Powder Mountain (aka Pow Mow to the locals…) boast an amazing combination of approximately 11,500 skiable acres and miles (and more miles!) of hiking and mountain-biking trails.

Snowbasin Resort
Located just 20 minutes from Ogden, Snowbasin Resort is one of the oldest continually operated ski resorts in North America. Snowbasin is composed of three unique areas and an advanced lift-system: the Needles Gondola, the Strawberry Gondola and the John Paul Express that takes you up to the Grizzly and Wildflower downhill courses made famous in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games.
  • 3,000 acres
  • 3,000 vertical feet

Powder Mountain
From humble beginnings, Powder Mountain has grown to become a powerhouse ski resort encompassing more than 8,464 acres, the most of any ski resort in the United States.
  • 9 lifts ranging in length from 695 feet to 5,629 feet with a vertical range of 80 feet to 1,605 feet
  • 154 named runs including beginner, intermediate and advanced
  • Annual snowfall: 500+ inches

Historic 25th Street
Brimming with brew-pubs, bars, bistros, cafés and art galleries, Historic 25th Street was once home to notorious brothels and bootleggers, but today it is a magnet for art-lovers, foodies and shoppers of all persuasions.
  • Also known as ‘Two-Bit Street’ and ‘H Two-Five Street’
  • Some buildings date back to the late 1800s
  • Home of Ogden’s Farmers’ Market in the summer
  • Primary boulevard for the area’s First Friday Art Stroll
  • Setting for numerous city festivals throughout the year

Union Station
Although it is no longer a train depot, Ogden's Union Station is a symbol of the completion of the transcontinental railroad.
  • Home to several museums including the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, the Utah State Railroad Museum/Eccles Rail Center, the Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum and the Utah State Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
  • Also features two free galleries showcasing local artists

John M. Browning Firearms Museum (in Union Station)
Located in Union Station, the John M. Browning Firearms Museum is an homage to John M. Browning, who invented a copious amount of sporting and military firearms.
  • On display are original models for Browning-designed firearms including rifles, shotguns, pistols, machine guns and more

Utah State Railroad Museum/Eccles Rail Center (in Union Station)
Located in Union Station, the Utah State Railroad Museum/Eccles Rail Center features a display of two of the largest locomotives ever manufactured.
  • Also features the Wattis-Dumke Model Train Exhibit

Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum (in Union Station)
In 1971, Matt and Barbara Browning started their collection with a 1930 Packard Model 733 Standard Eight Dual Cowl Phaeton. Exhibits include additional cars from the Browning’s personal collection as well as a 1937 Packard 115c business coupe and a 1929 Durant two-door sedan. The museum is located in Union Station.
  • In addition to cars, the Museum shines a spotlight on numerous automotive-related items of historical interest

Ogden Nature Center
The 152-acre Ogden Nature Center is a place where you can experience hands-on nature-related educational programs and meet birds of prey, snakes, salamanders and more.
  • Picnic areas
  • Bird-blinds
  • 1.5 miles of walking trails
  • Seasonal community events

Peery’s Egyptian Theater
Opened in 1924 as a ‘movie palace’, Peery’s Egyptian Theater is an 800-seat community performing arts center.
  • Live musical and theatrical events

Eccles Community Art Center
This non-profit arts organization’s mission is to stimulate interest, foster awareness and provide education in visual and performing arts.
  • Monthly changing exhibits
  • Variety of outreach programs
  • Arts-related events and competitions

George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park
The George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park is a collection of more than 100 life-sized dinosaur sculptures based on actual fossil skeletons.
  • A high-tech blend of robotics, artistic details and a state-of-the-art sound system provide awe-inspiring experiences for kids of all ages

Treehouse Children's Museum
The Treehouse Children’s Museum is a hands-on museum focused on children's literature and the arts.
  • The Museum offers daily programs as well as dozens of educational exhibits

Coffee shops, comfort food and fine dining
From quaint coffee shops to comfort food to fine dining, out-to-eat options in Ogden include palette-pleasing spots for hearty steak and potatoes, tacos and enchiladas, pizza and pasta, burgers and brewskis and even Mormon muffins. A very (very!) small menu of restaurants in Ogden includes:
  • Bangkok Garden (Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese food)
  • El Matador (Ogden’s oldest Mexican restaurant)
  • Union Grill (Cajun and Creole influences on American classics)