Ogden has many city parks, but none are quite as cool as the High Adventure Park located at 18th and Grant. From the river’s edge that’s easily accessible by most, to the top of the clever climbing structures, this park is a kid’s dream. From swings to slides, the structures are out of the ordinary, using ropes, rubber, cable and hardy metal, the creativity makes kids want to get out and play! The Ogden River winds past the park, with plenty of little pathways down to it’s edge. Depending on the season, wading is easy in the shallow south end.
Wildlife is plentiful as well – we were able to watch an otter creep along the bank and climb into an old tree stump! There are also beaver, ducks and birds galore. The Ogden River is a top-rated Blue-Ribbon Urban Trout stream, after being restored between 2006-2012. Restoration of a 1.1 mile section removed over 6,000 tons of recyclable debris, 9,000 tons of trash, 7 whole cars, 2,500 tires and 200 batteries. River Restoration took about 6 years, and what a huge difference it made in our city. The park is adjacent to the River Parkway trail system, which opens up your walking paths from the mouth of the Ogden Canyon through the confluence of the Ogden & Weber Rivers – and beyond!
Winter Solstice also plays a part here at the High Adventure Park. The statue, created by Andy Dufford of Chevo Studios, has a cluster of birds, mounted atop a gorgeous piece of red rock. In the summer months, there is a manual pump that allows water to run through the “rivers” in the red rock. In the winter – specifically the first day of Winter – the shadow of the statue is perfectly imprinted against one of the surrounding rocks. It’s pretty spectacular…
Lastly, the park has a pavilion for use at parties and gatherings. The pavilion can be reserved here: High Adventure Park Most of the year, there are not a bunch of crowds, but it’s definitely a great place to hang out with or without kids!
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