Visitors to Blue Moon Yoga might imagine that they've stumbled into a piece of history. With a location at the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design Rotunda Building, a historic rotunda building, Carrie Sonneborn uses the cozy environs reflect her overall mission to foster a peaceful, welcoming escape from the stresses of everyday life—which is also championed in her yoga classes. She specializes in Iyengar-inspired yoga, a gentle practice that consists of standing postures and emphasizes a custom proper alignment pose for each student, as well as pranayama, or deep breathing, and relaxation. An avid yoga practitioner for more than two decades, she touts her own health as proof of yoga's benefits. "Yoga and massage are like my fountain of youth,” she says. “I'm more flexible and, in some ways, better shape than I was in my 20s—I'm obviously a convert."
To make yoga accessible to students of all experience levels, Carrie recruits props such as blankets, straps, blocks, and bolsters. She limits her classes to 12 students so that she can personally attend to each one, carefully monitoring their form and offering physical adjustments when needed. The poses in her classes are adapted for each student, so beginners practice the basic form of the pose alongside more experienced pupils, then move into a more advanced version of the same pose.
JumpStreet is an indoor trampoline park where taut floors and angled walls made of springy trampoline surfaces beckon children and adults to bounce back and forth or try aerodynamic flips and gravity-defying leaps. The arena is structured like a skateboard park, though bouncers don’t need any equipment to hop across the wall-to-wall planes or climb up, slide down, or spring off the tilted trampoline walls. Guests can hop on over to the springy dodgeball courts, where safe, competitive play is enhanced with ample bouncing, and arcades and batting cages offer engaging activities for those who need to rest their feet. Scattered across JumpStreet’s various locations are an assortment of other safe, kinetic activities, including a bull ride, a multicolored maze, and a foam pit.
A well-respected name in the world of hair care, Paul Mitchell the School trains its scissor-clad army of stylists to bestow precision cuts and transformative styles. Grown on Paul Mitchell’s sustainable, solar-powered farm in Hawaii, native awapuhi ginger lends its soothing nature to the repair mantra chanted by Mitchell’s KeraTriplex treatment. Designed to help slow the process of color fade, the triple blend of exclusive keratin proteins also helps rebuild peptide bonds to strengthen fragile curls and cowlicks, infusing each strand with moisture to improve softness, shine, and cactus appeal. Expert tuft wranglers dry and sculpt post-treatment tresses into less frothy renditions of the great waves off the Maui coastline. Those seeking new or newly refined head shapes first submit to a thorough sudsing and 5-minute scalp massage in the school’s Wash House. Brandishing sharpened arbiters of style, hair techs prune head fronds to eliminate errant patches of sawgrass and unsprouted chia seeds. A deep-conditioning treatment follows the shear session, prompting split ends to reconcile their differences for a fresh start.
At Buckaroos, families romp and caper about a whimsical take on the Old West, chock-full of indoor merriment. A magnetic climbing wall draws double takes as guests use magnets to stick effortlessly to the surface as they scramble up it. On the Water Walkerz pool, watertight orbs with grinning youngsters inside roll across the water and happy shouts drift out.
Knuckles grow pale as patrons grip the saddle horn on the mechanical bull before tumbling onto the padded ground. Prospective prospectors can sidle up to the man-made stream to pan for glittering minerals and gems. To burn off excess energy, kids bound through the barn-shaped jump house or scurry about on the intricate ropes course, where they can conquer their fear of heights or sailor knots.
At Sky Yoga, students are encouraged to focus on the journey to health and wellness, rather than an ultimate destination. The supportive instructors meld myriad backgrounds, including theatrical performance and yoga training abroad, and they value the cultivation of a nonjudgmental atmosphere. This diverse team emphasizes their approach to wellness as a journey by helping each yogi practice at their own level, whether they are brand new to the discipline or ready to be challenged with more advanced modifications and reciting the Sanskrit alphabet backwards. Class styles range from slow and restorative stretch sessions to strength building, Vinyasa, and power yoga posture sequences.
Aviation Xtreme's simulators let land-locked folk fly aboard jetfighters and WWI- or WWII-era aircraft in aerial missions or close-range combat. Aspiring aces strap into the cockpit of their simulator and choose from aircraft such as an F-15A Eagle, F-4 Phantom, or P-51 Mustang. After a short instructional video, they take off into the realistic blue yonder on a chosen mission, which can include an anti-ship mission or ground-attack mission. Each simulator is part of a larger computerized network, allowing friends to go head-to-head in a dogfight or team up to carve clouds into self-portraits.