A Sunday Morning Exclusive
By Joe Laing, El Monte RV Rentals
There are three main ingredients for a memorable RV vacation, and Utah’s Ogden Valley offers them all. There are outdoor recreation opportunities everywhere you turn, scenic campgrounds ready to welcome travelers and historic attractions waiting to fascinate. Keep reading to find out how you can plan an Ogden Valley RV Adventure you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Where to Camp in Utah’s Ogden Valley
Before jumping right into the abundance of Ogden Valley campgrounds, let’s discover exactly where this scenic valley lies. East of The Great Salt Lake and also east of Ogden, Utah, the Ogden Valley is nestled against the Wasatch Mountains and plays host to the Ogden River and Pineview Reservoir.
What that means for RV camping fans is that you’ll find campgrounds tucked into some of the prettiest scenery imaginable. National Forest Service campgrounds in the Ogden Valley are a good place to start your planning. Public lands surrounding Pineview Reservoir and the South Fork of the Ogden River, in particular, offer amazing campsites, if you’re willing to plan for boondocking or limited services.
What to Do Outdoors in Utah’s Ogden Valley
For a truly memorable RV trip to the Ogden Valley, choose hiking trails that fit your level of activity and then get out into the great outdoors. Whether you choose to hike or ride a mountain bike, explore trails like the Monte Cristo, above eight thousand feet in elevation, or the Northern Skyline Trail along the Wasatch front; the vistas are unforgettable.
Come in May to watch the wildlife come alive, in late summer for spectacular wildflower displays or in early autumn for brilliant fall foliage. The National Forest kindly provides a listing of popular Ogden area trails. By the way, this valley is also known for world-class ski resorts such as Powder Mountain and Snowbasin, and summer trails around the resorts make for some great hiking. Outfitters at the resorts also offer summer adventures such as 4x4 off-road tours and lift-served mountain biking.
Prefer to spend at least part of your vacation on the water? Pineview Reservoir is popular among water skiing enthusiasts, and the bright blue waters of this mountain lake yield trophy-size tiger muskie to challenge the anglers in your group. Plan to spend time enjoying the beaches and take advantage of the well-run marina.
What’s Historical about Utah’s Ogden Valley?
The three small communities you’ll find in Utah’s Ogden Valley – Huntsville, Eden and Liberty – have their roots in the 1860s. History buffs will find plenty of interesting attractions in the area. Huntsville, for example, is home to the first tavern in Utah, the Shooting Star, where you can absorb a little western tavern culture along with classic bar fare. Or visit historic Our Lady of the Holy Trinity Trappist Monastery in Huntsville, where guests will find a nicely-stocked religious book store and the abbey’s famous creamed honey for sale.
Learn more about early Utah history with a visit to the birthplace of David O. McKay, an early leader of the LDS church. Take time to tour Huntsville’s first permanent dwelling with a trip to the Aldous Cabin. Or just soak up the charm of a rustic mountain village with a stroll through The Village at Huntsville Square, a retail and entertainment area.
You’re going to love the time you spend RV camping in Utah’s Ogden Valley. Whether you’re itching to hit the trails or simply to spend time in a peaceful mountainside campsite, your Ogden Valley adventure will be one you’ll remember for a lifetime.
About the Author
Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. For other great RV camping vacation ideas see the Monty's Musings RV Camping Blog or the new Monty's RV Vacation Photo / Picture Gallery.