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.
Stereotypically, laser-tag games are designed for weekend warriors and adrenaline junkies craving a nonlethal form of combat warfare. All too often, these scenarios fuel aggression and salty sailor talk in both adults and teens. But Command Deck, the latest laser-tag hotspot, has a different target in mind: moms.
Command Deck allows matriarchs to breathe a much-needed sigh of relief by setting aside most of its business hours to Tiny Tag—laser tag designed specifically for the 12-and-under crowd. They even impose age and height restrictions so that every match is a fair fight. Thoroughly vetted and charismatic referees watch over each campaign, and a live video feed enables parents to watch their little infrared warriors from afar. For those who want to take the action outside, Command Deck also offers mobile laser-tag services that add excitement to any backyard barbecue or job interview.
The guides at Simply Fly Fishing Utah are not only expert fishermen, but they're adept at finding interesting, off-the-beaten-path locations for wading in and fishing. Their half- and full-day fly-fishing trips explore the scenic shores of the Provo and Weber rivers, but some of their trips dip into more secluded and rugged locales, such as Old Man Patterson's swimming pool. Each outing can be tailored to any experience level?the guides pride themselves on making fly-fishing non-intimidating to beginners, covering basic topics such as baiting the hook and casting the heavy line into a current. And because they know that preparation is always key, the guides provide regular updates on river conditions and hatching seasons.
Discount Guns and Ammo stocks gear for hobbyists and professionals, including police officers and SWAT team members. Knowledgeable staffers help these customers select firearms from the likes of Glock and Smith & Wesson, among others. An onsite gunsmith draws on more than 20 years of experience when mounting scopes or customizing AR-15s. The team also includes firearms instructors who teach both private and group lessons.
For runners at the starting line of Run13, LLC's signature half-marathons, 10Ks, and 5Ks, it's all downhill from there. The organization plots many of its events on a breezy downhill route, giving beginning runners a leg up on their first race and experienced runners a better shot at a personal record. But runners aren't the only ones that benefit. The Racing Cane 10K, 5K, and 1K benefits children in the Dominican Republic's impoverished cane-shack communities, using shoe collections and race registrations to help them break out of the cycle of poverty. And for every race, the organization designates a charity to donate its proceeds to, often taking suggestions from its fans or the magic 8 ball that presides over all affairs.
Named after Brigham Young University’s furry feline mascot, Cosmo’s Kids Club invites youths to experience the university’s athletic programs both on and off the field. A dozen game vouchers grant access to four football games and eight men’s basketball games, and a Cosmo T-shirt acts as a ticket to all other BYU sporting events. After games, members can hop onto the field of play to practice kicking penalty shots, shooting free throws, or measuring grass to be sure it’s regulation height. Kids up the ante at show-and-tell with stories from facility tours and meet and greets with BYU athletes. The club ensures at-home allegiance with posters, access to Cosmo’s website, and a monthly mailer from the mascot himself.