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Northern Utah Hangout

September 17 - September 24

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Century RV Park • Ogden, UT • September 17-24, 2020

Outdoor adventure and Old West history in the Salt Lake Valley

Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and overlooking Great Salt Lake, the largest inland lake in the western United States, the Ogden and Salt Lake City area of Utah is home to a pioneering past and an exciting future. During the Northern Utah Hangout, you’ll get to experience some of the region’s most adventurous activities while learning of its rich history. 

Hangout activities

Are you ready for some thrills? Then you’ll enjoy this optional two-hour guided ATV safari up Ogden’s Waterfall Canyon! Explore Utah’s breathtaking off-road backcountry aboard a six-passenger all-terrain vehicle. You’ll discover an abandoned silver mine, a remote 300’ waterfall, and seldom-seen, awe-inspiring overlooks of the Great Salt Lake. (Watch the video below for a preview.) Alternatively, you can hike the challenging trail up to the waterfall on your own at no charge.

Or if you are really seeking an adrenaline rush, combine the ATV Safari with the Waterfall Canyon Via Ferrata Adventure. Via ferrata (Italian for “iron road”) is a mountain-climbing method that lets average outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the views and thrills usually reserved for elite climbers. After riding an ATV to the base of the cliff, you’ll climb the wall of Waterfall Canyon using iron steps–picture rebar in the form of a wide U–embedded in the rock.  You don’t need an extreme level of fitness; if you can climb a ladder and handle a 2-mile hike, you can climb the Via Ferrata. You’re always attached to a steel safety cable, no ropes or knots are required, and you remain within talking distance of your fellow climbers. See the video below for a taste of the experience.

We will spend a day exploring beautiful Antelope Island State Park, located on the largest of ten islands located within the Great Salt Lake, on a professionally guided electric bike tour. The 42 square miles of Antelope Island are home to free-ranging bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, antelope and many other desert animals. You’ll enjoy amazing views and great photo opportunities all around you. Riding an electric bike gives you the freedom to ride further, explore more, and cover more ground in a shorter period of time, while having a blast!

This optional tour lasts 1 1/2 to 2 hours, and includes a helmet, orange vest, an e-bike  and your professional guides. If you have your own e-bike, you are welcome to bring it instead and participate in the tour at a discounted rate. Due to the challenging terrain and longer distances involved, non-powered bikes are not permitted on the tour. After the tour and lunch, we’ll spend the afternoon exploring the historic Farr Ranch and the rest of Antelope Island by car.

Lace up your walking shoes for a 2 1/2-mile scavenger hunt adventure through the heart of Salt Lake City. You and your team will follow clues to solve 19 challenges together as you explore the rich history of the city at sites like the Union Pacific Depot, Temple Square and the State Capitol Building. Afterwards, you’ll meet up with your fellow contestants at a downtown Salt Lake City restaurant for dinner, beverages and bragging rights.

In 1869, workers for the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads put nearby Ogden on the map when they drove the ceremonial “golden spike” that completed the first transcontinental rail line–one of the greatest technological achievements of the 19th century. During our visit to Golden Spike National Historical Park, we’ll see the Last Spike Site, get an up close view of two working Victorian-era replica locomotives, and hike or drive on portions of the original railroad grade.

On Sunday morning, we will have the opportunity to attend a 30-minute live broadcast of Music & the Spoken Word, featuring the famed Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Since 1929, nearly the lifetime of radio, the Choir has been a phenomenon of broadcasting, and has been inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame. After the broadcast, we’ll take a guided tour of Temple Square.

We’ll play disc golf on Ogden’s new Fort Buenaventura course, the site of the 2020 Professional Disc Golf Association’s World Championship tournament the following month. The director of the tournament and other members of Team Utah Open, the local PDGA club, will give us “beginner’s-level” instruction to help us learn this fun and fast-growing sport.

On a Highlights of Ogden guided tour through the Railroad, Firearms and Classic Car Museums in the town’s historic Union Station, we’ll discover how the transcontinental railroad transformed northern Utah, how prominent pioneers used their ingenuity to create Browning Gun designs and other inventions, and how transportation changes over time affected the infrastructure of Ogden and the surrounding area.

Of course, as at all Escapees Hangouts, there will also be plenty of time at the campground for socializing and making new friends, including open house-style rig tours, an interactive game night, campfires, dinners at area restaurants, and more!

Hangout location

Century RV Park, Ogden, UT

Our base camp for the Northern Utah Hangout will be the Century RV Park in Ogden, a big rig-friendly campground with 30/50 amp full hookups, gravel or concrete pads, large shade trees, an off-leash dog park, laundry facilities, sport courts, and a meeting pavilion for our on-site gatherings.

Please note: the park does not permit certain aggressive dog breeds, including Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Boxers, Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Doberman Pinschers, Chows, Presa Canarios & Dalmations.

Schedule

Thursday

Arrival and check-in

Welcome gathering

Friday

Hangout Brunch (BYO)

Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Salt Lake City

Dinner* and awards at a Salt Lake City restaurant

Saturday

Golden Spike National Historic Park

Grill-out dinner at campground

Sunday

Music and the Spoken Word featuring The Tabernacle Choir, followed by guided tour of Temple Square

Disc golf lessons and game at Fort Buenaventura Park

“Open house” rig tours

Monday

Hill Aerospace Museum or Ogden Botanical Gardens

Highlights of Ogden guided tour in Union Station museums

Interactive game night and campfire with s’mores

Tuesday

Waterfall Canyon ATV Safari* OR Via Ferrata Adventure* OR hike

Dinner out in Ogden*

Wednesday

Antelope Island Guided E-Bike Tour*

Farr Ranch visit & exploring island on your own

Farewell Hangout Dinner (BYO)

Thursday

GTHO breakfast

Check-out & departure

* Optional activities at extra cost, not included in your Hangout registration fee.

Schedule is subject to change. Some activities may be unavailable due to COVID-19 measures.

Registration includes:

  • 7 nights in a 30/50 amp full hookup RV site 
  • Salt Lake City Scavenger Hunt Adventure
  • Disc golf lesson and equipment 
  • Admission to Ogden Union Station museums
  • Admission to Antelope Island State Park
  • GTHO breakfast
  • Social activities
  • Hangout hosts

Optional activity costs (not included in Hangout registration fee):

  • Waterfall Canyon ATV Safari ($65) OR Via Ferrata Adventure ($118) – prices include tax but do not include gratuity
  • Antelope Island E-Bike Tour ($48 if you bring your own e-bike or $95 including bike & equipment rental) – prices include tax and gratuity
  • Meals out at restaurant

Hangout price

Advance reservations and payment are required for the Waterfall Canyon ATV Safari or Via Ferrata Adventure and for the Antelope Island E-Bike Tour. Be sure to purchase these activities during the registration process to assure your space.

You must be an Escapees RV Club member to attend this event. If you are not currently a member, you will be able to add a new membership during the registration process.

By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following: As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV and attendance at the Hangout, whether occurring prior to, during or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees or agents. Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. However, it is the driver of the vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations, and is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others. As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped, or photographed, and granting to Escapees RV Club the full use of any such recordings or images without compensation. By registering, you will also receive occasional email notifications of future Hangouts from the Escapees RV Club; however, you can opt-out of these notifications at any time.

How to register

Before registering, please be sure you have read and understand the cancellation policy.

There are two ways to register and pay: online (recommended) or by phone.

  • To register online, click the button below and follow the instructions on your screen.
  • To register by phone, call Escapees Member Services at (936) 327-8873‬ and ask for “Hangouts Registration”.

Subscribe to Hangouts Announcements to be notified before registration opens for this event!

After you register

Watch for an email from registration@escapees.com with a confirmation of your registration. If you don’t receive it, call (936) 327-8873‬ and ask for Hangouts Registration to be sure that your registration was processed correctly. 

Important: as soon as you register, please join the Escapees Northern Utah Hangout group on Facebook. We will use this group to communicate with Hangout attendees before and during the event. You may also receive one or more emails before the Hangout with more information as needed.

Cancellations

If you cancel on or before 4:00 pm Central time 30 days before the start of the Hangout, you will receive a refund of your Hangout registration fee minus a $50 cancellation fee. There will be no refunds or credits for cancellations received after that date. Hangout registrations are non-transferable.

Details

Start:
September 17
End:
September 24
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Website:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NUThangout/

Organizer

Escapees Hangouts (Hosts: Cheryl & David Goldstein)
Email:
hangouts@escapees.com

Venue

Century RV Park
1483 W 2100 S
Ogden, UT 84401 United States
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Phone:
801-731-3800
Website:
https://www.centuryparkrv.com/

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