Fall is the perfect season to enjoy water sports as the water is warm and the crowds slim. Pineview Reservoir is like glass most mornings, and even on weekends the crowds are thin. Causey Reservoir will feel like your own private lake for kayaking and paddle sports, and the water is it’s warmest for a quick dip or for more serious swims for triathletes in training. The South Fork of the Ogden River still runs pretty nicely, but you won’t be angling with much competition. Cycling opportunities abound, whether your preference is Peloton style around Pineview Reservoir, or climbing up amidst the rich palette of colors on mountain bike. There are miles and miles of trails throughout the Ogden Valley (click for Pathways map) so it’s the perfect time of year to get in that final 6 hour hike. Try the waterfall hike up to the peak of Ben Lomond for bragging rights. Just remember to dress in layers as a 20 degree variance in temperatures is quite common this time of year.
Several local outfitters offer guided horseback rides, a fun way to immerse yourself directly in the brilliant colors of fall. Super triathletes from around the country descend on the Ogden Valley September 25 – 26 for the Xterra National Championship, with its swim in Pineview, gnarly bike segment up Wheeler Canyon and a mountain trail run up the slopes of Snowbasin. The celebration party is in downtown Ogden on the 26th in conjunction with the Mountain to Metro celebration, so 25th Street is alive and kicking with its usual funky vibe and tons of fun stuff to do all day long.
Indian Summers are quite common in the Ogden Valley, and all these outdoor recreation opportunities are perfect training for the onset of ski season, which can begin as early as Halloween if we’re lucky! The best time to enjoy colors at their peak is early September to mid-October. As the nights turn much cooler and the golf course greens awaken with frost, the focus and anticipation shifts to the upcoming ski season.