Weber County Area Information
The area in northern Utah that makes up Weber County is also known as the "Golden Spike Empire," named for the final golden spike that completed the transcontinental railroad in America's colorful Western history. This panoramic land filled with natural beauty and open space is ideally located between the scenic Wasatch Mountains to the east and the Great Salt Lake to the west.
Like many corners of Utah where mining and railroading dominated the early economy, Weber County is a land marked by a richness of ethnic and cultural diversity. The result of this heritage is a county where the population centers enjoy a cosmopolitan atmosphere that is usually associated with larger cities or metropolitan areas. Today, newcomers to Weber County can benefit from the "melting pot" of the past through a variety of colorful and exciting festivals and special events, from the Native American dancers at the Rendezvous at Fort Buenaventura to the “very German” Ogden-Hof Winter Carnival.
Along with the railroading activity that played a vital role in the county's early evolution, Weber County is home to many communities that grew up around agriculture, food products, and related trade. Even today, the county relies on farming and agricultural activity for substantial revenue. Serving as the economic powerhouse for the county, the City of Ogden is also the hub of social, cultural, educational, and political activity for Weber County. Business, commerce, and industry have all enjoyed growth and success in this well-balanced community with a growing population and exceptionally energetic workforce.
Ogden is home to a regional center for the Internal Revenue Service, and Weber County lists the government and its military operations as two of its major employers. Other major contributors to the region's economic health are wholesale and retail trade, service, and manufacturing. Diversifying the county's economy even further are the products derived from natural resources in forests and mineral deposits. The dynamic industries of recreation and tourism are beginning to play a more dominant role in the county's economy. Ogden boasts three premier ski resorts and was chosen to host several of the games for the Winter Olympic competition in 2002. Other attractions in Weber County include fascinating museums and world-class sports venues like The Ice Sheet.
Students of all ages receive a quality education in public and private schools in Weber County, where dedicated staff members are able to utilize modern classrooms that include high technology. Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College offers a wealth of specialized programs close to home at an affordable cost. Weber County also claims one of the finest undergraduate universities in the West, Weber State University in Ogden. The university is particularly renowned for its programs in the health professions, education, technology, and business. In fact, Weber State University was the first institution of higher education to build a satellite that was actually launched into space.
Ogden is also the healthcare capital of Weber County, offering two major healthcare institutions: McKay-Dee Hospital and the Ogden Regional Medical Center. A strong network of skilled professionals, emergency care centers, and family clinics are available to meet the need for routine healthcare as well as wellness care. As part of the Intermountain Health Care system, McKay-Dee Hospital focuses on providing leading-edge specialties with nationally recognized programs and services in heart, rehabilitation, and newborn intensive care. Ogden Regional Medical Center offers 239 licensed beds and a medical staff that exceeds 300 to ensure quality, compassionate care. The Medical Center is associated with numerous clinics that offer excellent care to residents in Morgan and Weber counties.
Like many regions in scenic Utah, Weber County is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Four-season splendor invites recreation and sports activity of every type. Rushing streams and rivers invite power boating, water-skiing, parasailing, swimming, sailing, white-water rafting, and jet skiing. High country or red-rock formations encourage the thrill of rock-climbing, primitive camping, logging, or backpacking.
Bikers, hikers, and equestrians can choose from miles of panoramic trails, while avid golfers and tennis players seek out the finest of facilities against the backdrop of natural beauty. Whether you are a hunter and angler or a photographer and observer of wildlife, the bounty in Weber County is virtually unlimited. Even those with less energy and ambition can view nature’s art gallery along scenic byways like Ogden Canyon, Trappers Loop, and Weber Canyon.
Balancing the emphasis on outdoor activity, Weber County is rich in cultural attractions. The Hill Aerospace Museum offers an intriguing review of the nation's air power, a venue ranked among Utah's major attractions. Union Station with its Mediterranean architectural embellishments is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes the Utah State Railroad Museum. A landmark in the "Golden Spike Empire,' the museum showcases its collection of Browning firearms and a model train exhibit.
Visual and performing arts are available in a number of elegant venues, including Union Station, M.S. Browning Theatre, Ogden Egyptian Center, Myra Powell Gallery, the Bertha Eccles Community Art Center, and Weber State University. The university also boasts an outstanding natural history museum and a planetarium. Special events and celebrations dot the annual calendar, particularly at the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden. This exceptional facility hosts everything from the Weber County Fair to regional conventions, concerts, political conventions, sports events, trade shows, company parties, and the circus. Each July, record crowds gather for the nationally famous Pioneer Days Rodeo—one of the circuit's most popular and highest paying competitions.
Mirroring the county's colorful and culturally diverse history, the housing selection offers a wide range of period styles, price ranges, and settings. Newcomers will discover well-kept, modest older homes along tree-shaded streets or luxurious custom homes surrounded by spacious lots. With its attraction selection of affordable housing, the favorable tax climate. and comparatively low cost of living, Weber County is destined to continue the trend of growth and expansion. Few locales in the nation can rival this scenic region for its blending of collegiate atmosphere, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, and unparalleled opportunities for leisure activities.
Eden, Ogden Valley (small towns near the 3 ski resorts)
Nestled in the Ogden Valley, the small, unincorporated community of Eden was named for its scenic beauty and serenity. Eden is growing in popularity as a bedroom community for commuters to Salt Lake City and Ogden. The exceptional quality of life available in the valley combines the cosmopolitan advantages of major metropolitan areas with unparalleled recreational amenities. Newcomers can choose from housing that ranges from the most contemporary of architectural styling to rustic log-home ranches. Distinguished as the focal point of recreational opportunities in Weber County, the valley is accessible to three ski resorts, two golf courses, numerous trout streams, and Pineview Reservoir. Activities available close to home include hunting and fishing, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, tennis, swimming, boating, water-skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, and powder skiing on Olympic-quality trails.
Offering its residents the panoramic beauty of a Wasatch Mountain backdrop, the City of Ogden is known for its combination of urban amenities and recreational delights. Ogden is not only the seat of government for Weber County, it serves as a bustling center for business, commerce, education, healthcare, entertainment, and cultural attractions. In fact, Ogden is second only to Salt Lake City as Utah's most prominent metropolitan center. The federal government selected Ogden as the location for one of its regional offices for the Internal Revenue Service, a decision influenced by the centralized location to other western states. Ogden is also home to the lovely campus for Weber State University. Situated in close proximity to some of Utah's most celebrated recreational areas, Ogden offers residents and visitors alike a four-season paradise of outdoor adventure. From world-class skiing to boating and water sports, this scenic area invites every imaginable activity and sport. Large and beautiful shopping malls, fine restaurants, historic attractions, a rich cultural community, and a full calendar of special events and festivities make Ogden an exciting place to live, play, and work.
North Ogden, Pleasant View (Bench Locations Above Ogden)
Attracting newcomers to a pristine rural atmosphere just minutes from metropolitan amenities, North Ogden is a peaceful community that provides breathtaking mountain vistas for residential development and recreation. The housing selection includes modest homes along tree-shaded streets in friendly neighborhoods as well as luxurious new construction surrounded by spacious lots with sweeping lawns and meticulous landscaping. Recreational opportunities are among Utah's finest, from world-class ski resorts to the ideal setting for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, biking, boating, and water sports. Pleasant View City is situated on the north bench of the Ogden area, nestled at the base of rugged Ben Lomond Peak. The community is a gateway to Weber County for southbound travelers on Interstate 15. Large homes and sprawling lots characterize Pleasant View, a city that blends farmland with residential neighborhoods and limited commercial development near Highway 89. Although Pleasant View is shifting from a farming center to a balanced community, land is plentiful and the feeling is still rural.
One of the more highly developed of the small communities outside of Ogden, Roy City is situated just northwest of Hill Air Force Base. In spite of considerable growth and expansion, Roy City welcomes newcomers to a small-town, friendly atmosphere. The housing selection includes well-kept older homes as well as reasonably priced newer construction in a variety of architectural styles. Utah is a natural playground and Roy is located in the heart of a recreational paradise. Skiing, hunting, fishing, camping, backpacking, hiking, biking, boating, and horseback riding opportunities are exceptional. Equally abundant are cultural activities and attractions, from symphony and ballet to art galleries and fine museums. Residents of Roy City are especially proud of their million-dollar recreation complex with its state-of-the-art facilities.
South Ogden City
Another attractive residential haven near the metropolitan amenities of Ogden is South Ogden City. Welcoming neighborhoods provide an ideal atmosphere for family living, enhanced by the lush open space of numerous city parks. Residents of South Ogden enjoy the convenience of a highly centralized location near the recreational delights of the Wasatch Mountain range. At the same time, the cosmopolitan advantages of Ogden are minutes from home. First-rate shopping facilities, cultural venues, performing arts, wonderful restaurants, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, and a state-supported university are easily accessible from South Ogden. The attractive housing selection is set against the backdrop of alpine splendor, so many of the homes in South Ogden offer breathtaking vistas.