Visit Canyon Rim Dental in Salt Lake City

If you are from Salt Lake City, or if you are visiting, there is a chance that you might need to see a dentist. If you find yourself in that situation, I highly recommend Canyon Rim Dental. You can find out more about them at


Highly Reviewed Dental Practice

Canyon Rim Dental is one of the most highly reviewed dental practices in Salt Lake City, and I believe that is for good reason. They go above and beyond to make sure that their patients are happy. They spent extra time with me, far above what I am accustomed to, in order to make sure that I understood what was going on. I really appreciated that.

Friendly Service

Everyone in this office is extremely friendly. From the moment you set foot in the dental practice, you know that people care about you and want the best outcome for you. This continues all the way through the appointment. Communication is second to none as far as anything that I have ever experienced.


Cosmetic Dentistry

One of the things that appealed to me about Canyon Rim Dental is the beautiful cosmetic dentistry that they do. I found pictures online on Facebook and on their website and was floored by the results that they achieved. Whether it was a simple teeth whitening procedure or a complete new smile, this office had great results.

Convenient Scheduling

Some dentists make you wait for a few weeks to be seen which can be an issue in an emergency. I did not find this to be the situation here. They got me in quickly and at a convenient time for my schedule.

I can not stress how nice this is to someone who has a young family. With a busy schedule full of sports, school activities and other extra curricular activities, it can be a serious task to find convenient times.

Updated Facility

The dental facility at Canyon Rim Dental is updated, but it is not over the top extravagant. The technology is updated to digital x-rays and charts, and I am told that they have some of the best technology for same day dentistry possible.

Same Day Dentistry

Same day dental crowns and bridges are a fairly recent advancement in this office, and I am told they are fairly new in dentistry as a whole as well. Canyon Rim Dental has a machine that makes crowns the same day of your appointment so you can get your crown done in one appointment.


In conclusion, I can not recommend this dental office enough. I have not found a single expectation that they have not met. I would not hesitate to recommend this dental practice to any of my friends or family members. If you want to learn more about Canyon Rim Dental, you can check them out on Google +. Here is the location in Salt Lake City:


Top Family Activities in Salt Lake City

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, Salt Lake City has something to keep you and the family busy, on those slow Saturday as well as busy weekday afternoons. After a day in Salt Lake City, you’ll learn that Utah is so much more than just canyons and Mormon churches, and your kids will be entertained every step of the way. Here are some of the top family-friendly, wholesome, and educational attractions throughout Salt Lake City – just to get you started.

Hot Air Balloons and Helicopter Tours

Air tours are quickly becoming the new hot tourist attraction at different locations across the globe. In Salt Lake, you’re sure to find a variety of different brands, companies, packages, and Groupon opportunities to take your loved ones on an unforgettable air tour experience. Whether it’s by helicopter or hot air balloon, these excursions are, unsurprisingly, more pricey than a typical museum pass or bus tour, but many believe they’re well worth it. If you’re looking for something different to allow you to take in the beautiful views of Salt Lake Valley, an air tour might be the perfect thing for you.

Natural History Museum of Utah

The state museum of natural history is a hugely popular attraction amongst tourists and locals alike. With interactive exhibits, an observatory deck, a three-story indoor model of the Canyon, thousands of artifacts, a cafe, and more, the Museum proudly displays prehistoric fossils, minerals and gems, and the history of the five Native American nations that lived in the Utah area before Mormon colonization. You’ll experience simulated earthquakes and get a first-hand look at how erosion and other natural events have changed the Earth’s surface – and, of course, the Great Salt Lake – over the years. Young kids will get to play in the exhibit called Our Backyard, a hands-on play area for pre-schoolers to examine the environment. Take a break to visit the gift shop for jewelry, books, apparel, toys, and more.


The Hogle Zoo

What’s more kid-friendly than a zoo? Not much – that is, if you’re looking for something that will keep the grown-ups and teenagers entertained and educated in addition to keeping the little ones distracted. With more than 800 animals available to see, visitors are able to get up close and personal with them. Being able to hand-feed the rhinos and birds might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for out-of-state guests. With admission between $9-15 depending on the age of the guest and time of year, not counting additional fees for certain add-on activities, this zoo is a perfect daytime activity.

The Family History Library

Admittedly, this one might not be as exciting if you don’t have familial roots in Utah or at least a passion for genealogy. If so, a trip to this library will make for a fulfilling day trip. The Family History Library was founded in the late 1800s for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to keep track of their family history. Today, it has millions of genealogical records for more than two billion deceased individuals, earning it the title of the most extensive family history library/genealogical museum in the entire world. With free admission, all the library staff ask of you (aside from respecting the records) is that you organize your personal information beforehand so your research consultant will be able to assist you as quickly and smoothly as possible.

The Tracy Aviary

If the kids have had enough of genealogical records and want to do something more exciting and interactive, take them to Tracy Aviary, the oldest aviary in America. Tracy Aviary is home to exhibits, tours, educational programs, and research collections of more than 130 different bird species. Tours come included with the entrance price, or you could walk through it at your own pace. It’s about a two hour walkthrough with plenty to do. Bird shows will get the kids involved. The displays are more than just fossils or birds in cages: ducks and peacocks have free reign over the aviary, an owl exhibit modeled after a treehouse will keep everyone entertained, and indoor exhibits allow birds to fly freely about on their own, with the different display areas made to simulate the birds’ natural habitats.

Tracy Aviary

Liberty Park

If Tracy Aviary sounds good, you’ll be happy to know its home – Liberty Park – sprawls across 80 acres, each with plenty more to offer you and your family. Aside from the aviary, there is a popular public greenhouse. There are kid-friendly playgrounds and activities, concession stands and picnic areas, bicycle paths, a pond, and sporting facilities such as tennis courts and volleyball courts. If you want to enjoy the grass and sunshine without hiking through the canyon, Liberty Park in central Salt Lake City is the perfect choice for you. Best of all, there’s no admission fee, except for some of the athletic facilities.

Mystery Escape Room in the Gateway Mall

Escape-the-room games are becoming a popular trend across the country, all with a similar theme. A group of guests is “locked” in a seemingly innocuous room and have to work together, solving clues to find the key to their way out. Salt Lake City is proud to be home to the state’s first original live escape room. You’ll work through different themes – a pirate room, a spy-themed room, and more – and try and puzzle your way out in less than an hour. These immersive games are the perfect way to spend an afternoon. If you have a large group, split into teams and go through separate rooms – and the loser buys lunch!

Needless to say, the above are only a few of the fun activities available for you to in Salt Lake City, and we encourage you to do some more research to find out which would be best for you and your family. Once the kids are asleep, you could check out the nightlife, too. With all of its history, wildlife, arts, architecture, and more, Salt Lake City will not disappoint!

Spend a Day at Temple Square in Salt Lake

After exploring the botanical gardens at Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, hiking in the Wasatch mountains, swimming in the Great Salt Lake, or spending some time on a mountain bike path, you might want to return to the more urban section of the city. Temple Square is just the place for you. This 10-acre complex, which is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, may sound like a religious education facility, but in fact it is the most popular tourist attraction not just Salt Lake City but in the whole state of Utah, bringing in 3-5 million visitors a year. Home to the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Salt Lake Temple, the Seagull Monument, two visitors’ centers, and the Salt Lake Assembly Hall, Temple Square has plenty to keep you busy.

The History of Temple Square

The history of Temple Square is fairly straightforward. In 1847, the Mormon pioneers first arrived in Salt Lake Valley, following the leader of the church, Brigham Young. At one point, he selected an area of the desert landscape and simply declared, “Here we will build a temple to our God!” And so they did. As Salt Lake City was slowly developed, the block enclosing this original block became known as Temple Square, surrounding the temple itself that was built shortly after. The original 15-foot wall that enclosed the area still stands today.

This square quickly became the headquarters of the Mormon Church. The Salt Lake Tabernacle, featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was built twenty years after the founding of Salt Lake City in order to house the church’s general conferences. The Salt Lake Assembly Hall is another church building that sprung up to seat 2,000 people. The church’s headquarters continued to expand as the town developed, with an administration building on the east block of the square, the LDS church office building, which at 28 stories was for a long time the tallest building in Utah. Temple Square also houses the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, which used to be the Hotel Utah before the church remodeled it into a series of banquet halls, film theatres, and restaurants. The Square expanded still more in 2000, where the LDS Church bought a section of Main Street and built a plaza there to connect to Temple Square on the north side.


Temple Square Activities

And that takes us to the present. So, what exactly can you do there? Don’t worry – there’s plenty of options. If you’re a history buff, even if you’re not a practicing LDS Church member yourself, you’re sure to find something that interests you. A way to start your day is by visiting one of the two visitors’ centers in the Square, with one at the north end and one at the south end. The North Visitors’ Center was the first of the two, and its main attraction is the replica of the Christus statue, located in a beautiful domed room painted with planets, stars, clouds, and other celestial artwork. Both of the visitors’ centers grounds are run by full-time sister missionaries from all over the world, who speak enough different languages to properly welcome the vast majority of visitors.

The Salt Lake Temple is the best known and the largest of all 150 known operating LDS temples. It is the sixth temple that was built by the church, and the fourth one that was built after Brigham Young began to lead his Mormon followers out of Illinois. This Temple is 210 feet tall, overlooking the square. The six-spire structure is beautiful both for its history and its gorgeous, eye-catching architecture. The inside of the church itself is not open to the public, except for members of the church attending services and religious events such as baptisms and marriages, but it is stationed on beautiful outdoor grounds, which visitors may peruse free of charge.  You can also get a look at the Tabernacle, which is close by, also known for its stunning architectural design.

After the visitors’ centers and the church conference buildings and temples, you can spend some of your time at any one of the numerous museums and libraries located right in the square. The Family History Library is the largest public genealogical library in the world, with the staff well-equipped to access your family’s records. On the west block of the Square, this library is open to the public with no admission fees, holding records of over 100 countries, territories, and colonies. Even if you’re not a Utah resident, you might be surprised to learn something new about your ancestry, since this library has over 2 million rolls of microfilm and hundreds of thousands of books, all carefully-preserved over the years.

Visit the Church History Library

If you’ve had enough of family history records, fear not: the Church History Library is another major attraction of Temple Square. Located in the northeast block of the square, the historical records of the LDS Church are stored here. This library is also free to patrons, welcome to peruse the wide collection of manuscripts, photographs, books, and more. Senior missionaries provide tours of the library grounds and assistance with research.

The Church History Museum, in the block west of the Temple and adjacent to the Family History Library, this museum is features art and artifacts of the early LDS Church, with mostly permanent exhibits as well as some temporary, traveling exhibits. Paintings, sculptures, and themed historical displays abound in the Church History Museum.

Check Out Other Salt Lake City Attractions

Aside from the heart of the Square itself, Temple Square is located in the hub of Salt Lake City, with many more choices of museums, guided tours, libraries, gardens, and kid-friendly attractions everywhere you look. Truly, there are too many activities to pick a favorite, and the best suggestion is to just dive right in. Be aware of the most popular attractions, read all the online reviews carefully; and you never know, you might find a little hole-in-wall, family-owned café that really takes the cake. At the end of the day, the memories you make with your loved ones are the most valuable thing of all, no matter what activities you do together.

Things to Do in Salt Lake City

In truth, non-residents underestimate Utah. No, we’re not biased – okay, maybe a little. But honestly, there are so many attractions in Utah that branch out from the traditional Mormon church history, which is all that anyone outside of Utah seems to know about it. If you’re looking to learn more about the Beehive State, look no further. We hope you’ll find something to enjoy, and maybe even learn something new.

Trolley Tours

Not sure where to go? No problem. Hop on a trolley and get an overview of all of the major attractions and destinations. Salt Lake Trolley Tours gives visitors the chance to experience a bit of everything on a fun, bright-red trolley car. You’ll get all the visuals along with a guided education for each location. You’ll view Temple Square, the Capitol Building, the historic district, and even the more natural attractions of the beautiful state, including the mountain range and valley.

Spot the Chow Truck

Who doesn’t love a good food truck? The Chow Truck is a privately-owned, local food truck that travels around the Salt Lake City area, making and serving haute Asian cuisine during the lunch and dinner hours. Consult their website to check their location and schedule, and once you find them, you’re free to enjoy your meal in any nearby bench or park. The Chow Truck menu varies greatly, combining classic Asian cuisine with California fusion. With bold tastes and textures, you’ll be eating an Asian taco one day and fried calamari the next.

Wheeler Historic Farm

Salt Lake City is proud of its hustle and bustle, but we haven’t forgotten our roots. Check out Wheeler Historic Farm, a working historic farm with trains running on the half hour and regular milking of cows. Walk around and enjoy the quiet simplicity in this oasis from the overwhelming technology of city life. It’s somewhat of a park, with plenty of space for dog-walking. Check out the small farmer’s market. Soak in the rural energy from the pioneer days, and when you’re all done, head back into the city for a nice dinner.

The Great Salt Lake

What’s a visit to Salt Lake City without actually taking a look at its namesake? It’s not a visit at all, as far we’re concerned! It’s known for its salt levels, which are rumored to be so high that a brick could float on top of the water (try it for yourself and see), as a result of the evaporation process leaving behind deposits of highly saline organic minerals. Additionally, the Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River, at about 1,700 square miles, a fact not many people are actually aware of. You can hike along the trails, picnic on the shore, swim in the water, attempt to catch some fish, and even spot some bison on your way to the park. The Great Salt Lake also welcomes you with a visitor’s center if you have any questions or concerns.


 Salt Lake City Public Library

Who visits a library for fun, am I right? Wrong! Open every day of the week with no admission fee, this public library offers breathtaking, modern architecture, an on-site café, an accessible garden, friendly staff, and more. Take a break from the busy downtown to snuggle up with one of 500,000 books. And even if you’re not necessarily a bookworm, if you’re into architecture and interior design, many visitors consider this library well worth the visit.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Right near the center of the University of Utah, whose campus is located in the northeast section of Salt Lake City, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts proudly displays, in addition to an on-site café location, an impressive inventory of nearly 20,000 paintings, artifacts, sculptures, and other art pieces. The collection at the Museum includes everything from ancient Egyptian art, Greco-Roman art, classic Italian Renaissance pieces, early photography, and more. In addition to these permanent displays, Utah Museum of Fine Arts features a fascinating rotation of temporary or traveling exhibits. The Museum has hosted everything from contemporary art shows to early scientific discoveries. Open nearly every day of a week with a general admission of only $7, not counting additional fees for the temporary exhibitions, visitors agree that there is no place to feel cultured like the Utah Museum of Fine Art.

Capitol Theatre

While we’re on the subject of the fine arts, you might be happy to know that Utah, while you might think it’s stationed in the middle of nowhere, is home to the gorgeous Capitol Theatre, featuring exemplary performances from the Utah Opera, the Ballet West, and the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Built in 1913, this theatre truly only got grander in its old age. With a dazzling chandelier, a snack bar, and trained ushers, a trip to the opera or ballet in this beautiful, classical venue might be just what you need after some action-packed days in the modern city.

Joseph Smith Memorial Building

This restored hotel is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints and now features a variety of high-class restaurants, movie theatres, and gorgeous banquet halls available for you to rent and host your own special events. With over 10 stories of observation decks, you’ll be graced with beautiful panoramic views of the city landscape. The indoor fountains and stained glass windows of the historic venue are sure to add a graceful touch to your day. This elegant memorial also offers guided tours to get you the full experience.

Clark Planetarium

This fun planetarium offers a wide variety of educational experiences so fun and interactive you might not even realize it’s supposed to be scientific. If you’re interested in learning even a little about space exploration, our planet, and the solar system, Clark is the place to go. One of Clark’s main attractions is a 360-degree, wholly immersive movie screen. These films touch on everything from space travel to black holes, and are shown on rotation the whole day long.


Visit Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City is fortunate to offer its residents and guests the bustling of a city metropolis as well as some pockets of lush, natural beauty. Red Butte Garden is not only a thriving botanical garden, but it is also a nonprofit organization located on the campus of the University of Utah in northeast Salt Lake City. The Red Butte Garden has declared that its “mission” is to help people feel connected to the Earth’s ecosystems and biospheres, all of the organisms that live in them, and the natural beauty of those living landscapes, while its “vision” is to become a community where people are inspired to educate themselves about the value of our ecosystems, and a community that protects, values and understands the world that is enriched by plants. With such community-based and education-focused programs, the Garden is truly a gem of Salt Lake City, with locals taking great pride in its maintenance and appearance.

Red Butte Garden

How Big is Red Butte Garden?

Red Butte Garden sprawls over 100 acres of land divided into different areas that each focus on a particular ecosystem. More than just a pretty greenhouse, the Red Butte Garden is truly a living museum, with different plant collections such as one pertaining to the plants native to Utah, plants not native to Utah but that are able to thrive in the Utah climate, and another of plants with a longer history of domestication and use by humans.

There is native vegetation in addition to carefully crafted display gardens. There are display gardens, natural gardens, walking paths, and hiking trails, making Red Butte the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West. Each carefully landscaped plot has something else to offer. With sparkling fountains scattered along the pathways, Red Butte Garden is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts, botanists, painters looking for landscape inspiration, or even visitors just looking for a quiet place to spend some time outside of the busy streets.

Things to Do at Red Butte Garden

Aside from admiring the nature, there’s plenty to do. In fact, if you’re trying to check the whole area out in one day, plan on it taking up much of your day, as there’s so much to see. Open year round, Red Butte Garden also features an amphitheater. The park hosts a variety of attractions and exhibitions, rotating throughout the year, such as interactive animal presentations and flora shows, sculpture installations, and even art exhibits. Red Butte Garden offers private or group guided tours, holiday specials, and gardening classes. Red Butte Garden also hosts outdoor concerts, kid-friendly games and activities, educational lectures, and other community outreach activities. In the Garden, you could enjoy a picnic, attend a class, or some other event.

History of the Garden

The Garden has its roots – pun intended – in the early twentieth century. In 1930, Dr. Walter P. Cottam, the chairman of the Botany Department at the University of Utah, began pushing more increased use of the campus’ land for botanical research. Also the co-founder of the Nature Conservatory, Dr. Cottam spent over 30 years studying plants, particularly their ability to adapt to new environments and ecosystems. In 1961, his impressive work inspired the Utah State Legislature to formally recognize his work by declaring the University of Utah’s campus gardens as the State Arboretum, with the original documentation requiring the Arboretum to “provide “provide resources and facilities for cultivating a greater knowledge and public appreciation for the trees and plants around us, as well as those growing in remote sections of the country and world.”

As the University of Utah continued to expand in its own right, the new State Arboretum found a greater need for public educational facilities as well as their gardens. In 1983, the University formally dedicated the 100 acres that sit at the mouth of Red Butte Canyon to a regional, public botanical garden, changing its name to the Red Butte Garden & Arboretum and renewing its mission to not only teach about horticulture but environmental education and conservation in general, taking advantage of all the new opportunities the larger space provided.

In 1985, the Red Butte Garden & Arboretum officially opened to the public, and in the decades since, various sites have been annexed, thanks to community donations. Just a few of these additions include the the Walter P. Cottam Visitor Center, the Courtyard Garden, the Fragrance Garden, the Medicinal Garden, the Herb Garden, the Hemingway Four Seasons Garden, the Dumke Floral Walk, the Children’s Garden, the Richard K. Hemingway Orangerie, an amphitheater, a gift shop, and the McCarthy Family Rose Garden. All were funded by community donations.

The Red Butte Garden has since become one of the United State’s leading botanical gardens, attracting 200,000 visitors per year, 9,000 loyal members, and 300 volunteers, all of whom are drawn to the Garden’s 5 miles of hiking trails and more than 20 acres of display gardens. These beautiful floral displays, as well as their educational and outreach initiatives, have won awards and recognition across the state. Since its initial opening, it has since developed into a multi-purpose public facility for anyone looking for some exercise, recreation, botanical or environmental education, family activities, even a venue for weddings, photography shoots, and other special events.

What Are the Available Hours and the Cost?

The Garden is open daily to the public from starting at 9am and ending at either 5pm or 7:30pm, depending on the time of year. It is closed Thanksgiving Day and December 24 – January 1 and has adjusted hours for outdoor concerts. If you visit in December, January or February, you’ll enjoy half-price admission. Admission is free for members, free for students of the University of Utah, $10 for University of Utah staff, $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military personnel, $7 for children and free for toddlers under the age of 3. Groups of 12 individuals or more will pay $1 less than the regular admission price for each person in the group. On a few more administrative notes, only service animals are allowed; the Red Butte Garden is not a dog park. There are designated smoking areas but the Garden identifies as a non-smoking facility.