360◦ of Autumn Splendor
Fall foliage is best enjoyed between mid-September and mid-October, when the blazing orange and brilliant yellow leaves of the maples, oaks and aspens are juxtaposed against the steep quartzite and sandstone cliffs that line
Begin the journey at the mouth of
SHORT TOUR – approximately 25 miles
Those pressed for time can turn south on Route 167 about 4 miles past the Pineview Reservoir spillway, following the signs over Trappers Loop towards Snowbasin Resort. The gently rolling hillsides flanking this wide open road almost appear to be hand groomed, offering views many liken to Julie Andrews’ favorite hillside in the movie The Sound of Music. Take a side jaunt to Snowbasin Resort and stop into Earl’s Lodge at Snowbasin Resort for a sumptuous lunch or take a scenic gondola ride to the summit for hikes of any duration. Getting back onto Rte.167, continue southbound where the windshield will be filled with the glory of the Wilderness Range (as it is known locally) whose scraggy north facing slopes offer a stunning contrast of evergreens surrounded by oaks and maples. At the base of Rte. 167, turn west (right) on the frontage route to I-84 and continue through Weber Canyon, which offers the contrast of the river way notched through wide open canyon walls. Interstate routes are easily market and the canyon’s mouth.
LEISURELY TOUR – About 4 hours
From the top of
Off-road vehicles sales have exploded over the past few years. With improvements in the safety of the vehicles, many have found it to be an easy and fuel friendly way to wander into the forests for an up close view of nature. There is plenty of terrain to explore but there are other options if you don’t currently own an off road vehicle.
It sounds almost too good to be true, but this venture over the
- MONTE CRISTO
From the eastern shore of Pineview Reservoir take Highway 39 to Monte Cristo, a wide open mountain bluff at 9,000 feet in elevation. From here, vistas broaden and it’s possible to see 80 miles into
FROM THE AIR
There are a number of ways to get a bird’s eye view of the autumn display.
- Hot Air Ballooning - www.wolfcreekresort.com/adventures/hot-air.html
- Scenic Chairlift Rides – Both
and Snowbasin allow guests to ride the lifts outside of ski season. The mountain peaks offer the best vantage point and the lifts certainly are the easiest way to the top. If want to work off some energy, plan your return to the bottom either with an invigorating hike or an exciting ride on a mountain bike. www.snowbasin.com or www.wolfmountaineden.com Wolf Creek
AUTUMN EVENTS ON THE
Snowbasin hosts a Seafood Buffet every Friday evening through October from 5 - 9 p.m. for $45 per person. Reservations required. Call (801) 620-1000 or www.snowbasin.com.
Saturday, September 13 –
September 20: A Celebration of Pathways: Ogden Valley Pathway’s fun filled annual fundraiser is hosted by Snowbasin Resort. Enjoy the trails, autumn colors, mountain and friends. Organized activities for hikers, mountain bikers, walkers, bird watchers, naturalists, road bikers, equestrians and anyone who enjoys the outdoors! For tickets call at (801) 920-3426.
September 20: Snowbasin’s Around the World Chef Series: An evening of international cuisine. This week's theme is "A Night in
September 20: Group hike with Weber Pathways at Green Pond. Meet at the Green Pond Trailhead for a hike to Green Pond, Snowbasin, and Maples, about 10 miles round trip. Difficulty level is difficult. www.weberpathways.org.
Sunday, September 21: Snowbasin’s Sunday Concert Series featuring The Kap Brothers Band. Music from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., BBQ from 11 am – 5:00 pm. Concert is free. (801) 620-1000 or www.snowbasin.com.
September 27 – Harvest Moon and Mountain to Metro: This event starts off in the Ogden Valley with multiple races, raging kayaking on the Ogden River with high flow, and an all day party in downtown Ogden. www.goalfoundation.com
September 27: Snowbasin’s Around the World Chef Series: An evening of international cuisine. This week's theme is "A Night in
Sunday, September 28: Snowbasin’s Sunday Concert Series. Featuring with the German Polka music of Dick Skillicorn's German Polka Band. Music from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., BBQ from 11 am – 5:00 pm. Concert is free. (801) 620-1000 or www.snowbasin.com.
Sunday, September 28 Mountain Outdoor Program - Circle of Cirques Class. Snowbasin Resort. Learn Orienteering/Geocaching, Disc Golf, Mountain Biking, Cross Country, Freeriding, Mountaineering, Hiking, Glacier/Snow Travel, Rock Climbing Techniques, Peak Bagging and Rappelling. Our programs are designed to help people develop and practice the skills they need to live, travel and play in the outdoors. Adventure services include Guided Bike Tours, Naturalist Guides, Beyond Trails Guides, Bike Rentals, Shuttle Service, Overnight Outdoor Adventure and Overnight Camps. Box lunches are also available by ordering the night before. Group and corporate rates available. Starting at 1 p.m. (801) 620-1000 or www.snowbasin.com.
October 4: Snowbasin’s Around the World Chef Series: An evening of international cuisine. This week's theme is "A Night in
Sunday, October 5: Snowbasin’s Sunday Concert Series featuring The Kap Brothers Band. Music from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., BBQ from 11 am – 5:00 pm. Concert is free. (801) 620-1000 or www.snowbasin.com.
Carvers Cove Art Fair October 17 – 19: Now in its 20th year, this wonderful local fair includes over 50 crafts people from throughout the area offering baked goods, crafts and a bit of history. Carvers Cove is located at 2329 N 5025 E
October 25: Howlfest & Chili Cook-off at
Mid-November: Ski resorts open, weather permitting, usually before Thanksgiving.
Snowbasin Resort www.snowbasin.com or (801) 620-1000;
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