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Bridal Veil Falls, Provo Canyon, Utah is a 607-foot double cataract waterfall. An aerial tramway service to the top of the falls was built in 1961, and the small, six-passenger tramway functioned as a recreational attraction and as the only access to the mountaintop Eagle's Nest Lodge and restaurant, situated on a cliff at the top of the falls. I rode the falls myself one time. The building was used ocassionally for dances in the 1980s. In early 1996, an avalanche destroyed the building housing, the tramway machinery, and a gift shop, and they were never rebuilt. An arsonist would later destroy the remainder.
The tramway was in operation prior to the 1996 avalanche. It was heralded as the "world's steepest aerial tramway," although that claim is difficult to ascertain. It is the steepest tram I have personally ridden. Every year it seems there is a report of a hiking mishap. In fact, the day I was there this past week was one of those days. They are generally novice climbers with limited knowledge, gear and climbing abilities. Just a few minutes northeast of the falls is the entrance to Sundance Ski Resort and the home of Robert Redford. I've never personally searched for his home. It's there but it's just not my thing to stalk people. I'll save the Sundance post for another time
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