When the Transcontinental Railroad was completed 150 years ago, Ogden became the “Junction City” between the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads. It was said, “You can’t go anywhere without coming to Ogden.” As a result, this historic city at the base of the stunning Wasatch Mountains has long been the Beehive State’s most diverse and welcoming city.

The gambling halls, opium dens, and brothels that existed during the rough-and-tumble days of prohibition have transformed into eclectic eateries, art galleries, and brewpubs. The national- and world-championship events it regularly hosts embrace people of all races, cultures, sexualities and backgrounds.

Ogden is a city of celebration, from annual cultural festivals like Juneteenth, Ogden Pride, and the Ogden Hispanic Festival to the Harvest Moon Festival and Witchstock, the city is best summed up in two words: Inclusive and Independent. It is often called “The Other Utah.”

Visitors experience warm hospitality as they explore Ogden’s historic and creative districts, play in its entertainment district or on its abundant rivers, lakes, trails and mountains. Public art seems to be everywhere, from colorful murals and sculptures to painted street pianos, live music, theater, dance and performance art.

Simply put, no other city in the United States offers Ogden’s unique mixture of mountain and metro culture. And no other city could more proudly proclaim the description, “Notoriously Independent.”

By Anissa Brown, SDL