Provo Canyon, Utah — When I was doing some research on a story last year about how the area around Bridal Veil Falls would be closed through July 2023 due to recovery from an avalanche, I discovered something pretty interesting: the tallest waterfall in the state used to have a tram next to it.

Bridal Veil Falls is one of the top attractions in Utah. The 607-foot-tall double cataract waterfall is conveniently located just outside of Provo. Because of this, David Grow decided to build a tram next to it.

Constructed in 1961, The Sky Ride brought passengers to the Eagle’s Nest Lodge and Restaurant. The two six-passenger trams were built in Switzerland. According to Marc Jonathan Wein from Brigham Young University, the owner, David Grow, used the restaurant as a “special-event venue for weddings, receptions, and class reunions.” It became a popular tourist attraction, with more than 27,000 people riding it in 1993.

It allegedly held the title of the world’s steepest tram, with the steepest pitch reaching 62 degrees. Today, that title belongs to the Loen Skylift in Norway.

So what happened to it? Unsurprisingly, an avalanche led to its demise. In 1996, a major avalanche destroyed the tram and base terminal. This was the second time this had happened to the cable car, with a smaller one occurring back in 1986.

This 1996 footage from Berrett Family Videos showed the damage done to the base terminal.

David Grow wanted to rebuild the tram, but fate intervened. The top terminal and restaurant were destroyed by a fire in 2008, meaning that the tram was officially done for.

In 2015, the Prestana Family videotaped the remains of the tram. The former top terminal and restaurant were officially demolished in 2017.

In 2020, a developer tried to build a new tram to the top of the falls and a treatment center adjacent to the top terminal. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the Utah County Commission stopped these plans. Based on how the winter of 2022-23 affected Bridal Veil Falls, the Commission’s decision was probably for the best.

Some places are ultimately not meant for a cable car, and I believe Bridal Veil Falls is one of them.

Image/Video Credits: Dave T from Milagros (Featured Image), Berrett Family Videos, Prestana Family, Explore Utah Valley (Photo Above)

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