Welcome to Ogden, Utah!
Ogden was once a part of Ancient Lake Bonneville that existed more than 14,000 years ago and covered more than 22,000 square miles. All that remains of the ancient lake is the Great Salt Lake, one of the largest lakes west of the Mississippi and located just west of Ogden.
Originally named Fort Buenaventura, the city of Ogden was the first settlement in the region. The original site of Fort Buenaventura is a historic park and is located a short distance from downtown Ogden. Ogden was later renamed by the brigade leader of Hudson Bay Company, Peter Skene Ogden, a widely traveled trapper of the 19th century. Ogden has a rich railroad history and now is becoming a location for ski and aircraft industry companies.
Ogden City, a venue of the 2002 Winter Olympics, is nestled at the base of the Wasatch Front. The Ogden area remains rich in mountain-man-era treasures. You will find almost every kind of wildlife including deer, moose, elk, ducks, swans, mountain lions, rams and eagles. Within minutes, you can be fishing for trout, perch, crappie, bluegill, catfish and bass. If hunting or fishing doesn’t interest you, take a ride and experience the breathtaking views of Ogden Canyon, Weber Canyon or Trappers Loop, or go skiing, boating, hiking or camping.
Historic 25th Street
Historic 25th Street, in downtown Ogden, was once known as one of the most unruly and roughest streets in the West. Known as Two-Bit Street, it was home to opium dens, houses of ill repute, gambling and bootlegging as the railroads made their way to the Golden Spike nearby in 1869. The buildings on Historic 25th Street have been restored and now offer great restaurants, impressive art galleries, grand antique shops, chic hair salons, trendy shops, Ogden City Amphitheater, The Farmers Market, entertaining clubs and more.
Ben Lomond Peak
Ben Lomond Peak is probably the most famous of the northern Wasatch peaks. It stands north of Ogden in prominent fashion and is very popular with the community. A couple of well-maintained, long and a little tough trails lead to the top. On the way you will find an unsurpassed mountain of wildflowers and wildlife. Legend has it that the breathtaking peak inspired the Paramount Pictures logo.
Built in 1924, Union Station was the hub of transcontinental rail traffic for more than 50 years. Located at the west end of Historic 25th Street, Union Station was once a great source of economic prosperity. No longer a railroad station, the Union Station, now has four museums -- an Arms Museum, Automotive Museum, Natural History Museum, a Railroad Museum, a restaurant, meeting rooms and a model train shop.
Mount Ogden Peak, the back side of Snowbasin, is a popular hike that is located just to the east of the city. The lower part of the climb, across Malan’s Peak and into Waterfall Canyon, is a fairly easy and beautiful hike. Beyond that the route to the top of the mountain is extremely strenuous. There are gorgeous panoramic views from the peak, of the city of Ogden, Snowbasin Ski Resort and Pineview Reservoir.
-- Listed on the Ogden City Register of Historic Sites (1982)
-- One of possibly as few as 42 Egyptian-design theatres constructed in the
United States (Theatre Historical Society of America estimate)
-- One of an estimated dozen Egyptian-style theatres of movie palace status remaining in the United States (Theatre Historical Society of America estimate)