Mountains echo with the clicking of hooves on rocks as mountain vegetation waves in the breeze and the sun glistens on snow-dappled trails. Schools of fish scatter as a pair of slick rubber boots parts the waters—a fisher wading through thick river sediment before casting a line into the current. Rocky Mountain Outfitters' experienced outdoorsmen usher customers through all manner of seasonal wilderness adventures, including fly-fishing on the Provo River, snowmobile tours, and horseback riding along mountain trails. Many tours run through Soldier Hollow Valley, which played host to the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Visitors may encounter roving wildlife such as snow rabbits, moose, and fawns frolicking through varied landscapes for memorable photo ops or police sketch-artist renderings. Adventure packages combine more than one outdoor activity and include the Reins and Train adventure, a role-playing tour that merges a train trip with a horseback trail ride. Depending on the season, guests can board traditional wagons or horse-drawn sleighs towed by teams of clydesdales, belgians, and spotted draft, or they can lasso free-range dinner rolls during Old West–style outdoor meals.
While spas often list eyelash extensions as part of their service menu, Extensions by Lindy focuses solely on lash enhancements to deliver comfortable, natural-looking results. During eyelash-extension sessions, a beauty professional adheres synthetic lashes individually to the original set using glue from Blink Lash Care that lasts up to six weeks, as long as clients will last in staring contests with their bolstered eye confidence. If properly cared for, the low-maintenance lashes eliminate the need for mascara.
In addition to applying eyelash extensions, the skilled staff uses its experience to train students during an in-depth certification course. Over the span of eight hours, professionals share tips on how to quickly apply synthetic lashes with precision. Fully immersed in the world of lashes, Extensions by Lindy even sells some lash implements on its website, including crystal-coat sealant and mascara wands that empower wizards to make anything beautiful but still itself.
Adventure Haus uncovers the excitement hidden in Utah's landscape year-round with wilderness excursions that make use of the land, water, and air. During the warmer months, guides take guests horseback riding around the verdant Wasatch Mountains, whitewater rafting down the foamy currents of the Weber River, or on a hot-air balloon flight to visit Utah's only cloud museum. When winter's wind puts a sting in the air, the activities shift to cover everything from a tranquil snowshoeing hike to a 60-second adrenaline-pumping bobsled ride down Salt Lake City's Olympic course, where an experienced driver accelerates passengers up to 80 miles per hour. In addition to leading outings, Adventure Haus also helps people set off on their own by renting out equipment ranging from mountain bikes and boats to skis and snowboards.
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.
At Jim McLean Golf School, all students have an impressive audience: an experienced teacher, and the mountains on the horizon. The school offers group and private lessons on its driving range, chipping green, putting green, and nine-hole course. As clients work on perfecting their swing, JC golf-swing analysis software helps chart weak points and suggest solutions, and the staff doles out personalized pointers on everything from form to what putter would best fit your body. Some packages even bundle classes with lunch and time on the nearby 18-hole Red Ledges course. During the winter, lessons can relocate to an indoor facility in Heber City, where a simulator recreates the course experience on an enormous screen.
As if it were the turn of the 20th century, when short-line railroads chugged their way through rural America, the Heber Valley Railroad whisks passengers through scenic landscapes in vintage and restored coaches. The routes trace the original Denver & Rio Grande Western railroad, trundling across the floor of the eponymous valley. Their scenic tours unveil breathtaking views of Deer Creek Reservoir, Provo Canyon, and Provo River, crossing the same scenery that travelers would have spotted a century ago. With heated coaches in the winter, guests enjoy an old-timey experience without sacrificing modern comfort.