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Dinosaur National Monument and Ammon Cunnngham

A prolific blogger and frequent traveler, Ammon Cunningham would like everyone to know that Utah, the state where he was born and raised, is a lot more than a great place to live. The state also features a great many travel destinations that everyone should see. Among the most beautiful is Dinosaur National Monument.

Dinosaur National Monument doesn’t actually have the ancient reptiles running around. There are, however a great many signs that they used to, with an amazing number of fossils in places like Carnegie Quarry, which features Quarry Hall, where visitors can see the mother lode of fossils. However, it’s not just dinosaurs and that draw tourists to the area, anyway. The park includes some of the most incredible vistas anywhere in the world, including some of the most breathtaking rock formations and beautiful mountain and river views in the American West. And you don’t have to just look at everything and go; Dinosaur National Monument also features activities like river rafting and camping, so that anyone can stay and enjoy themselves as long as they want.

Lagoon Amusement Park

Blogger and avid traveler Ammon Cunningham visits a variety of locations throughout Utah and beyond, writing about destinations for others to enjoy. That includes Farmington’s Lagoon Amusement Park, just north of Salt Lake City. Privately owned and in operation since 1886, the park boasts ten rollercoasters including five entirely unique ones as well as an additional 43 rides for visitors to enjoy. Lagoon is split into five main areas, each distinct with attractions for individuals and families to enjoy.

At The Midway, Ammon Cunningham notes that guests can find most of the park’s rides plus various food vendors and carnival games. Venture over to Pioneer Village, however, for more historical play including artifacts and pioneer-esque buildings. For the young ones, children’s rides can be found at Kiddie Land. Lagoon’s water park is Lagoon-A-Beach. Extreme rides for the adventurous visitors are located at X-Venture Zone. And if planning a weekend trip — or longer — a full-service site for camping with an RV park, campground, walking trail and more is available year-round.

Although once built to accommodate bowling, dancing, music and restaurants for the area resort, Lagoon has blossomed into a full amusement park for Utah locals and travelers. Its oldest coaster, built in 1921 — called Roller Coaster — has been designated an American Coaster Enthusiasts Coaster Landmark, creating increased visitors among rollercoaster lovers. From Utah residents to those far and wide, this park is contains a little bit for everyone in the Salt Lake City region.

Ammon Cunningham recommends Canyonlands National Park

Blogger and avid traveler Ammon Cunningham frequently shares details about various travel destinations, particularly his state of Utah. Canyonlands National Park, located in the state’s southeast, has offered visitors bright, beautiful, colorful landscapes and picturesque canyons, mesas and more since it was designated a park in September 1964.

Nestled just outside the town of Moab, Canyonlands National Park is a popular recreational destination in Utah. In 2015, the park hit a record number of visitors with more than 634,000 in that single year alone. Boasting the Green River and Colorado River, the park is ideal for kayakers, rafters and swimmers — including those who simply need a break on a warm day. However, the rugged terrain of canyon and primitive desert is also ideal for mountain biker, backpackers, hikers, four-wheelers and more.

The park is separated into four districts — the rivers (Green and Colorado), the Island in the Sky, the Needles and the Maze. Each has its own character and Cunningham recommends checking them out separately on different adventures to take the best advantage of what Canyonlands National Park has to offer. From the mesas of Islands in the Sky to the naturally formed rock pinnacles of the Needles, no visitor should leave disappointed.