Let’s face it, we don’t all have paid ( or even unpaid) vacation days to spend weeks exploring so the weekend is all we have to get our adventuring in. Thankfully we live in a pretty rad place where adventure is just a day-trip away. I say we reclaim the name ‘Weekend Warrior’ and start making the best of those precious 48 hours, so pack your overnight bag and head out to one of these places on a daytrippin’ adventure!
1- Spiral Jetty– Spiral Jetty is an art installation by New York artist Robert Smithson. This spiral is around 1500 feet long and is made from over six thousand tons of black basalt rocks and earth from the site. To some, walking Spiral Jetty is a spiritual experience and to others it’s just amazing to see this 40+-year-old art in nature.
Drive time from Ogden– 1 hr 50 mins
Camping & recreation- Spiral Jetty is pretty far from civilization, the nearest camping and recreation is an hour drive to Golden Spike National Historic site but don’t let that deter you, the campsite is just as lovely!
2- Lava Hot Springs– Lava Hot Springs is a water park on a natural mineral spring with water slides ( with speeds up to 38 mph!!), an Olympic sized pool, diving platforms, an entire kids pool and even swim lessons. If you are looking to get away from all the excitement of the water slides and diving boards you can walk over to the sunken gardens where you can enjoy a nice walk in nature.
Drive time from Ogden- 1 hr 37 mins
Camping & recreation- There are many camping and lodging facilities within walking distance of the springs (here’s a list), as well as a ton of fun recreation and dining (HERE).
3- Bonneville Salt Flats– The Bonneville Salt Flats is a unique place that you must visit if you live in Utah. Miles of white, flat salty ground that kind of looks some sort of strange alien planet. You can drive, bike or walk on the salt flats and they often have racing events there to attend.
Drive time from Ogden- 1 hr 59 mins
Camping & recreation– Camping is prohibited here, but there are several places nearby. There are lots of art installations and Wendover is a short drive, gambling!
4- Alpine Scenic Loop Backway– This 20-mile scenic route is full of adventures such as hiking, biking, rock climbing and even a beautiful cave to explore.
Drive time from Ogden– 1 hr 30 mins
Camping & recreation– There are lots of campsites along the way as well as a ton of recreation for the whole family.
5- Antelope Island– This little island is a fun spot for summer time with spots for hiking, swimming, camping, close encounters with buffalo and yes, even real buffalo burgers.
Drive time from Ogden- 1 hr 5 mins
Camping & recreation– Antelope Island has all the amenities you need for a fun adventure including sports rentals, food, and campsites.
6- Capitol Reef National Park– Fruita is described as ‘an oasis in the desert’ with it’s lush green campsites, orchards, and river. Campers are allowed to pick from open orchards and consume the cherries, apples, peaches, pears and apricots to their heart’s content but any large amounts taken must be paid for. There are many different types of recreation available for the whole family.
Drive time from Ogden– 3 hrs 59 mins
Camping & recreation– There are lots of hikes, a scenic drive, Anasazi ruins, entertainment and of course orchard picking in the Capitol Reef National Park. There are several different campsites to choose from as well.
7- U-Dig Fossil Quarry– Dig for you own 550 million-year-old trilobite at this historic quarry. According to the site, the average visitor finds up to 30 trilobites each and you can borrow all the equipment you need there. This would be an incredible experience for kids and adults alike.
Drive time from Ogden– 3 hrs 59 mins
Camping & recreation– You’ll have to drive back to Delta for any camping, but there is a museum and bird refuge nearby.
8- Goblin Valley– This place looks a little like what I imagine Mars looks like. Strange rock formations that cover the land that was once a sea 170 million years ago. There is a lot to explore in this unique park so take advantage of all the great hiking.
Drive time from Ogden– 4 hrs 18 mins
Camping & recreation– There are a lot of campsites and places to explore nearby, be sure to check in with fire restrictions during summer months.
9-Dinosaur Land– There is so much to do at Dinosaur Land that you might want to make this an entire weekend trip or more. This vast area has so much rich history and beautiful places to explore with Native American landmarks, dinosaur bones, scenic hikes and wildlife galore. They provide a nifty travel guide to help you plan your trip.
Drive time from Ogden- 5 hrs 59 mins
Camping & recreation- There are plenty of places to camp, explore, restaurants and sports rentals to make your visit memorable.
10-Logan Canyon– This beautiful area contains so much to explore and it’s so close to Ogden! Lush forest, camping, hiking, scenic drives, wind caves and more!
Drive time from Ogden– 0 hrs 53 mins
Camping & recreation-There are 31 sites to visit in Logan Canyon that include swimming, hiking, biking, landmarks and camping. You can find all the spots in their guide HERE.
These are only a few suggestions out of hundreds of amazing things to see and do just a short drive away. Dig out your map and throw a dart and start planning your next adventure!