If you enjoy vertical basalt cliffs and scenic river canyons, the Ogden Wayside is for you. The park is perched at the top of a striking canyon. Bring a camera!
Acquired between 1925 and 1930. The Oregon Trunk Railway gave the original tracts to the state of Oregon. Lands were later acquired from the U. S. Government and the State Land Board. At the suggestion of Robert W. Sawyer of Bend, a strong supporter of Oregon State Parks and former Highway commissioner, the wayside was named for Peter Skene Ogden (1794-1854) explorer, fur trapper, Hudson's Bay Company chief trader and factor. Ogden was the principal explorer of the Snake River country and was among the first to visit the great Salt Lake basin. The city of Ogden, Utah, is named for him.