For more than 60 years, the staff at YMCA Camp Roger has been developing programs that get kids and teens off the couch and in the great outdoors. In doing so, its aim is to help the kids develop social skills that can foster confidence, independence, and leadership. In addition to traditional sleepover camps—where 6–10 kids stay in cabins at night and practice mountain biking, archery, hiking, and arts and crafts during the day—the camp offers focused programs such as creative arts or horseback riding. And if the clan needs a break from the housecat’s despotic demands, it can attend a family camp over Labor Day weekend.
The fitness specialists at Studio HV whip their clients into shape using simple exercises that align with natural, functional movements. Classes are designed for all levels of fitness, from beginners to the most active of athletes. Using their full body, members practice natural movement to complete and efficient and effective workouts. A steady change-up of class offerings? from Mat Pilates to Insane Legs?keeps muscles guessing.
In the shadow of snow-capped mountains, a bicycle winds through dirt trails and beneath the lush foliage of forest canopies. Wasatch Bike Tours' owner, Chris Schmidt, calls these steep peaks and the troll-run hotels of the Rocky Mountains his home, and his business aims to help others discover the region's varied landscapes. An active member of several mountain-biking organizations, Schmidt brings more than 16 years of competitive experience to his tours. On half- and full-day adventures, riders wind through preapproved trails and uncharted off-road terrain. In addition to burning calories, the journeys pass through parklands and canyons.
Helping visitors make the most of the picturesque surroundings, Park City Adventure Company guides groups on tubing, hiking, fishing, and biking adventures. Customers can climb into one of the company's Unimogs?giant off-roading jeeps?for a seated adventure, or hop on a mountain bike to explore beginner- to advanced-level trails. Meanwhile, tubing trips beckon groups to push out onto the water for a leisurely float through a Class II river.
Though it began as a snowmobiling tour group in the early 1980s, the family owners of High Country Rafting quickly expanded their territory to the water, the trails, and the forest canopy. Conducting most of their trips on a 6-mile stretch of the lower Provo River and a 12-mile canyon-clad expanse of the Weber River, High Country's guides encourage locals and visitors alike to explore the area's rugged terrain and take in the natural treasures made possible by its ecosystem. The company frequently puts this love of the environment into practice, urging catch-and-release during fishing excursions and often lending their gear to others for trips down the river to collect drifting garbage.
The group's more than 20 guides lead rafting trips down the Provo River's class I and II rapids or the Weber River's class II and III rapids, pointing out local flora and fauna as well as unique rock formations along the way. Combination trips set out on a mountain train ride before rafting commences or add ziplining to a day of rafting, sending guests out of water and sweeping through overhead tree canopies over the Provo River. Prospective guides with High Country Rafting commit to internalizing the local rivers and terrain on their own before they're trusted with leading groups, ensuring each one knows how to handle excursion variables and what the river gods' favorite appeasing snack is on Tuesdays.
When Utah High Adventure's staff members head into work, they don't sip coffee during meetings or ride the elevator up to an office on the ninth floor. Instead, they crash through raging whitewater rapids and rappel down the sides of canyons against a backdrop of sun-soaked red rocks. Years of training and education have earned them the certification and expertise to lead other thrill-seekers on rock climbs, which is more satisfying than scaling the granite backsplash of a neighbor's fancy kitchen. They also guide mountain-bike rides across Utah's rippling alpine trails. During the spring, summer, and fall months, the company hosts weeklong tours into the wild, which include lodging and equipment.