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Where in the West is this Roller Coaster?

Follow our clues to this AAA TourBook attraction. 

Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah
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Still delivering adrenaline rushes daily at up to 45 mph.

History has its ups and downs, but rarely is riding them so much fun. Climb aboard a nearly 100-year-old roller coaster and brace yourself for 60 teeth-rattling seconds of swerves, crests, and plunges along 2,500 feet of track, set against a backdrop of rugged mountains and wide, flat basin. American Coaster Enthusiasts designates the looped course as a classic, and it bears the hallmarks of one: the anticipation-inducing clank of metal chain propelling cars skyward, the squeal of steel wheels against track, the twisting trajectory that seems to defy physics. 

Debuted in 1921, the diversion—designed by John Miller of Coney Island fame—is the world’s seventh oldest wooden coaster still in operation. But as the laughter and shrieks of passengers suggest, the grande dame of thrill rides doesn’t show her age. Sections are rebuilt regularly to ensure the structure’s ongoing safety. Some 900,000 people a year ascend the coaster, which remains a crowd-pleaser at the largest tourist attraction of its kind in the Beehive State. 

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It's the Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah!

 

Photo: Courtesy Lagoon Amusement Park

This article was first published in Spring 2017. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information