Ogden Valley Summertime Fun, Pineview Reservoir
Pineview Reservoir – This 200-acre lake in Eden and Huntsville is a popular location for anglers, boaters, and beach-goers. As an Ogden Valley resident, I usually took my young kids to Middle Inlet where, in spite of the $12.00 parking fee, the facilities made for an easy day at the beach. The Middle Inlet beach offers shoreline sand, grassy areas, barbecues and picnic tables, restrooms and trash receptacles. Boats cannot launch from this area, but can launch from other marinas and pull into shore. There are shaded areas and swim areas where boats are restricted. Bring a picnic lunch and your pop-up umbrella and let the kids wade, swim, and play. Due to the popularity of Middle Inlet, it’s strongly recommended to avoid weekends in the summer, if possible. www.fs.usda.gov
Hiking – There are all levels of hiking trails available throughout the valley. The North Arm Trail is a gentle path that traverses riparian-watershed areas and in and out of shade, over small hills and valleys. It is home to songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors. In the spring mountain trout are abundant in the tributaries. The trail starts in the parking lot (with restrooms) 3.9 miles from the dam on the north side of the reservoir. The Valley Pathway connects to the parking lot. www.trails.com
The Wheeler Creek Trail is a shady and wide trail that the entire family can enjoy – including dogs on leashes. The 3.7-mile out and back trail is popular with bikers, hikers, and horseback riders and connects to the trails of Snowbasin. There are several small offshoots to explore that take you over bridges and up through trees on the side of the mountain. You can park in the small parking lot adjacent to Pineview dam near the top of Ogden Canyon. www.alltrails.com
The North Fork Park Trail is a 2.5-mile out and back trail that has other trails of varying degrees of difficulty, connected to it. This trail is basically a road that meanders through the North Fork Camping and Picnic areas that welcomes hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. North Fork Park is our favorite place to search for moose in the dawn and dusk hours. Waterfall Trail is a cool, easy-moderate hike with plenty of shade and some steep areas. The waterfall is a wonderful reward at the turn around point. Dogs are allowed to join you, if on a leash. www.visitogden.com
Golf at Wolf Creek Resort – Kids love to try their hand at golf. At Wolf Creek Resort Golf Club, they can put around the putting green, shoot at the driving range, or play the course with an adult. Wolf Creek offers a discounted rate of $22 for 9-holes or $44 for 18-holes (riding) for players 17 and under. Call the pro shop for tee times or lesson information. 801-745-3365 www.wolfcreekresort.com
Nordic Valley ski resort is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm all summer long. They open their ski hill to hikers and bikers and they offer lawn games for the family. For $10 you can ride the Apollo Lift up to the top and hike, mountain bike, or play disc golf all the way down the mountain. This summer they have added a new 420-ft inflated waterslide. Tickets to slide are $10 for an all-day pass. Sliders must be 42” tall and under 250 lbs. www.nordicvalley.com
Snowbasin Ski Resort has much to offer to get away from the summer heat. The Gondola and Needles lodge is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 6pm. You can buy day tickets to ride the Gondola and hike, bike, dine, and sightsee. See prices online.
Sunday is the best day to seek out Snowbasin, as they not only host a Blues Brews and BBQ each Sunday with a free concert on the lawn by the lodge, but they also offer a Kids Adventure Tour from 2:30-5:30 pm every Sunday through August 21st. While you enjoy the concert, the cubs can explore the mountain in a sort of day-camp. $30 includes a snack, guided adventure and a ticket on the Gondola.
There is a free playground at Snowbasin and a Spider Jump Trampoline for $7/5-minute session, a Climbing Wall for $7/session, or a $10/combo session. These activities and the Gondola are open Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 6 pm.
Hiking at Snowbasin is available on more than 26 miles of trails. Pass the main parking lot and park below the Olympics marquee and tubing hill. There are many trailheads branching from this lot that offer all-levels of challenge. I generally hike a half-hour out and turn around. I’ve hiked these trails with children of all ages. www.snowbasin.com
Dinosaur Park – At the bottom of Ogden Canyon lays a treasure for any dinosaur aficionado… or his/her parents. Every kid I have taken to Dinosaur Park throughout the years has found something to love. There is a museum with dinosaur skeletons and fossils found in Utah. There are interactive displays where kids can excavate and discover fossils or do a fossil rubbing. There is an outdoor playground nestled among trails with life-like dinosaur models that sometimes roar and sometimes move. It’s a great 2-3 hour getaway that the kids adore. www.dinosaurpark.org
Treehouse Children’s Museum is a Literary Based Children’s Museum in downtown Ogden. This is a must-see attraction for families who need an indoor day exploring the creative interactive exhibits. Perfect for kids 2-10, this museum has an indoor tree to climb and explore, an Art Garden offering guided crafts throughout the day, a theater where kids can hear stories and act them out in “participlays.”. My kids’ favorite exhibits include a prairie schoolhouse, a baby hospital with lifelike dolls and medical equipment, a cow to milk, a teepee to play in, a musical exploration section and an oval office to take photos in. My older kids also kept busy building amazing creations with the extensive block collection, or playing chess on the large board. Quiz yourselves on Utah Geography and US History on the giant interactive quiz maps. I say allot at least 3 hours and eat before arrival. Open 10-5 M-Sat open until 8 on Friday eves. $7/child up to age 12 $5 /13 and above. www.treehouse.org
Located next to the Treehouse Museum is The Junction of Ogden. Fat Cats is another indoor family attraction with a complete arcade, laser tag, bowling alley, billiards, pizza, mini-golf, and bumper cars. My kids loved playing the games and “shopping” with the tickets that they won. www.ogden.fatcatsfun.com
iFly is a unique opportunity for kids and adults to try indoor skydiving. From age 3 and up, people can fly. The entire group is taken into the tunnel and given the chance to fly on a column of air. Located in the Junction of Ogden. iFly is open 11-9 M-Sat . www.iflyutah.com
iRock is located close to FatCats in the Ogden Junction and is an indoor bouldering and rock-climbing gym. Kids under 12 are $7.50 and Adults are $10. Climbing Shoes are $4 and chalk bags are $1. www.irockutah.com
Flowrider – located next to iRock and iFly, kids and adults can try their skills at indoor surfing or boogie-boarding at Ogden’s Flowrider. Open 12-9 M-Sat . Anyone 42” or taller can ride. Reservations are required. www.flowriderutah.com
Larry Miller Cineplex – Located at the Junction of Ogden, this Cineplex offers all of the latest movies plus D-Box and 3D options. Check out website for movie times and prices. www.megaplextheatres.com
Kangaroo Zoo is a new attraction in Ogden where kids can jump to their hearts content on jumpy houses and slides. For $9 – $10/kid (no cost for watchers). (801) 622-1000 or www.kangaroozoo.net
North Shore Aquatic Club – In North Ogden, there is a fun pool complex with a Lazy River, Wade-in, Wade Out Pool with Slides and a Splash Pad, a lap pool with diving boards and picnic and lounging areas. $6/person Open 12 – 8 Mon and Wed, 12-6:30 T Th, 11-5:30 Friday and Saturday. Closed Sundays www.northogdencity.com
Cherry Hill Campground and Water Park – Just a 45 min drive away, in Kaysville, there is a charming campground with a family-fun waterpark attached. With dueling waterslides, a large lazy river, pirates’ cove wading pool and splash area, swimming pool, and play and picnic areas, Cherry Hill is a fantastic summer day getaway. Closed on Sundays, but open M-Sa 10:30-8:30. Prices vary, but basically $20/person all-day. www.cherry-hill.com
Lagoon, the first Amusement Park to open West of the Mississippi is located 45 minutes away from our Valley in Farmington. This park boasts 10 roller coasters and over 50 rides, including an extensive kiddieland and a large waterpark that is included in a day pass. With a midway, Pioneer Village, X-Venture Zone, live entertainment and picnic pavilions throughout the park, everyone can find something they love. Generally Open 11 am – 11 pm throughout the summer and costing an average of $50/person, this is an All-American family amusement park. www.lagoonpark.com
High Altitude Kids – Our local preschool and childcare is more than just a babysitter. The school has an amazing indoor gym with a tramp ramp, padded floor and indoor track. They offer drop off care for kids up to the age of 12. They are open from 6:45 am – 6:00pm. Call for details (801) 745-2653 www.hakutah.com
Weber County Library in Huntsville is a great place to escape the heat and get some peace and quiet. Our branch has a wonderful children’s room with toys and books to motivate your kids to put down their screens and play hands on. Monday mornings at 10:30 there is a Discovery Time for tots and their favorite adults. Cinema Saturdays are offered throughout the summer at 2pm in our Ogden Valley Branch. Open from 10-9 M-Th and 10-6 F& Sat. Open Sundays Sept – May. www.weberpl.lib.ut.us