Weber River Adventures

 


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Weber River Adventures

Tubing the Weber River presents one of the best ways to beat the heat in Northern Utah. The most popular route among tubers is the Henefer to Taggart route. Tubing the river can be relatively inexpensive if you already have your tube and life jacket, but you can always rent anything you need as well. Ready to cool off and have a splashing good time? Here is a description of the route and a complete list of everything you will need.

You Will Need:

  • Proper swimwear and shoes.
  • Inner tubes.
  • Cars located at both the drop-off and the pick-up locations.
  • Life jackets are required by Utah law to be worn at all times while on the river.
  • Snacks and drinks are optional but highly recommended.
  • And of course, a cooler and/or bag to hold your treats and drinks.

The Route:

The entire Henefer to Taggart route takes a little more than two hours to complete. Make sure to check the weather before you go. You do not want a storm sneaking up on you while you are on the water. Note that some rocky and rapid portions may be daunting for young children. Teens and older are a-okay for this trip.

Drop-off

Just 30 miles east of Ogden, you put your tubes in the water off of exit 112 or the Henefer exit on Interstate 84. After you exit, go to the north side of the highway and follow the road as it curves to the east. Although there is a small put-in spot just off the road, a larger area is located less than a half mile down the road.

Pick-up

Exit 108 to Taggart off of interstate 84 is the standard pick-up spot. Park your vehicle in any spot you can find and look for the rapids upstream to see what you’ve signed up for. This spot is also a great area for a photo opportunity with the clan. 

 

Looking for rentals?

There are two river tubing services for all of your gear needs. They also provide guided tours and tubing adventures down the river.

Based out of Morgan, Weber Tubing offers all-inclusive packages for every tubing adventure. Their packages include a tube rental, life jacket rental and shuttle for the day. Saturdays are open to all, but weekdays are reservation only. They also give group discounts for parties of eight and more.

Family owned and operated, Barefoot Tubing puts their heart and soul into summer tubing and rafting adventures. They charge $25 per person for a guided tubing trip. That price includes tube and jacket rentals along with a guide and complimentary shuttle to and from the river.

Weber State University’s Outdoor Equipment Rental Center also provides inner tube, life jacket and other gear rentals for students, faculty/staff and the public. They are open Monday through Saturday. Call 801-626-6373 or go online to reserve your equipment today!

Tips and tricks for keeping mosquitoes away

We all love the summer. Hanging outside—hiking, camping, fishing, and just spending time outdoors.

However, witcanstockphoto26101491h the hot months, this is  also a time when the mosquitoes come out. This summer, combat mosquitoes and protect yourself from the West Nile Virus with these simple, natural  tips.

  1. Incorporate mosquito repellent plants. There are a bunch of plants out there that repel mosquitoes. Some of the best ones to include in your backyard are: Lemongrass, Marigolds, Rosemary, and Catnip.
  1. Bug zappers or mosquito repellent lamps. OFF! and other brands provide mosquito repellent lamps and candles to help keep these pesky insects away.  Take some time to do your research and decide which option and product works best for you.
  1. Add a bat house your backyard. Bats can eat up to about 1,000 insects an hour. Install a bat house to your backyard to attract bats your home and say goodbye to your mosquito problem.  

You can also help keep mosquitoes from reproducing by taking these precautions:

  1. Throw out old tires, buckets, or unused plastic swimming pools (any containers that hold water) which can be a nesting ground for mosquitoes. Look around your home and eliminate any standing water that might be around your property, this can also include water troughs, ditches, and any seepage from cesspools and septic tanks.
  1. Change out stagnant water from birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week. For the first 10 days, mosquitoes spend their time in water. Mosquitoes eggs require water to hatch and, once they hatch, feed off the organic matter in the water.
  1. Irrigate lawns and gardens to ensure there is no standing water. Verify ditches flow smoothly and don’t contain stagnant water which can produce a huge number of mosquitoes. If you notice ditches don’t flow, report this to a Mosquito Control or Public Health Office. You won’t want to try to fix this yourself as some ditches and such may be protected by wetland regulations.

Have something to add to the list? Tell us about your best tips and tricks for keeping mosquitoes away.

Trail runs in Weber and Davis Counties.

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Trail running, often called off-pavement running, differs from road and track running in that participants usually run and hike over trails. Utah’s mountainous terrain provides a variety of great trail runs along the Wasatch Front. Following is a list of the best trail runs in Weber and Davis Counties.

Weber County:

  • Although much of the Weber River Parkway is paved, the trail offers 12 miles of non-motorized running and walking next to the scenic convergence of the Weber and Ogden Rivers.
  • Centennial Trail which encompasses the Weber River Parkway is a 27-mile loop throughout Ogden that offers many scenic points-of-interest along the way.
  1. The Ogden Waterfall Canyon (which we will discuss more below).
  2. George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park features five acres of more than 100 dinosaur replicas along with a museum offering hands-on activities.
  3. The MTC Learning Park is a beautiful botanical garden that offers classes, information and instruction in plant care, gardening and pest identification.
  4. Ogden’s Kayak Park, the first professionally designed play-park in Utah, draws attention to the area and provides participants a water course, picnic shelter and restrooms.
  5. Fort Buenaventura is a Utah state park that offers many outdoor recreation opportunities rich with cultural and historical significance. This park also hosts the annual Ogden Music Festival, also known as OFOAM, the first week of June. If you missed the fun this year, don’t worry because there is always next year!
  6. Kingfisher Wetlands provides a 1.6-mile trail loop that is filled with water fowl and is great for bird watching.
  • Ogden Waterfall Canyon Trail a short 2.5-mile hike that features a waterfall. Don’t let this short hike fool you, maneuvering the rugged, rocky terrain can prove quite strenuous!

Davis County:

  • Adams Canyon in Layton features a 3.8-mile hike culminating with a 40-foot waterfall. Overall, this trail is a great family hike but there a few steep areas. This pet-friendly trail is accessible from April to December.
  • Bonneville Shoreline Trail is a series of trails along the Wasatch Front currently offering a 100-mile route with a proposed 280-mile route stretching from the Idaho border all the way to Nephi.
  • Antelope Island State Park is an incredible place that offers many different scenic trail opportunities for everyone. Avoid the flies and experience all of these trails in cooler months.
  1. Since Frary Peak is the highest point on the island, it provides majestic views of the Greater Salt Lake Area. Trail runners and others can enjoy vast landscapes and wildlife including waterfowl, bison, antelope and more.
  2. Buffalo Scaffold Tail is a non-motorized trail through the park in the heart of a canyon featuring herds of buffalo.
  3. Dooley Knob provides 2.8-miles of trail featuring a lake and scenic views of the Wasatch Front. This trail is accessible year-round and carries a moderate rating.
  • Patsy’s Mine is a great little hike with a cave at the end. This 1.4-mile hike is located in Farmington and features hundreds of feet of workings. Bring a flashlight to explore and escape from the heat this summer with this trail.