Vernal Travel Guide

  • Utah Fieldhouse of Natural History Museum
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Vernal Highlights

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     Very scenic, huge variety of outdoor activities, many pristine and untouched places 

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     Isolated 

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     A good base for many different activities 

Vernal Things to Do

  • Classic Vernal Style Petroglyphs

    Northwest of Vernal about 10 miles on the McConkie ranch you can explore a large panel of petroglyphs left from the Fremont Indian era. The natives who lived in the Northern Colorado Plateau/ Uinta Basin area starting roughly about 500 years BC to about 1250 AD are known as the Fremont Culture. Though they may never have been a cohesive group they...

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  • Red Canyon Visitors Center

    The most stunning portion of the Flaming gorge area is now known as Red Canyon. There is a wonderful Visitors Center overlooking this 1500 ft deep canyon with nice views, short walks, campground and lodge. Though small the visitors center is full of hands on exhibits to teach about the animals and people of the area. Open seasonally it is a great...

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  • Flaming Gorge Dam and Reservoir

    Finished in 1964 Flaming Gorge Dam holds back waters of the Green River for 91 miles. It is a mountain reservoir that is deep and cold and remote. At maximum capacity the water is at 6,040 ft above sea level. Fishing is the main activity here, though other water activities are available as well. The first white man to record the area was John W....

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  • Utah State Field House of Natural...

    This has been a great museum for dinosaurs and prehistory since it was first opened. There is now a new building with all new exhibits and it is even better. Right on Main Street and easy to find the museum offers some impressive information about dinosaurs and other fossils found in the area. As you walk in the building you are on ground level...

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  • Vernal Temple

    While most people have heard about the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, many do not know that there are temples in other towns in Utah as well. Vernal's Temple is unique in that it was not built as a temple, but was converted in 1997 from another church building- the Vernal Tabernacle- and became one of the first...

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  • Take a Mountain Drive: Red Cloud Loop

    We found this by accident when we visited Vernal in August. Follow the brown signs from downtown or get the pamphlet from the local info places. High clearance vehicles are recommended, although we had no clue what we were getting into, and took our poky wee rental car up there. Don't tell Hertz hahahaha....Enjoy dirt roads, wide vistas (forest,...

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  • Dinosaur National Monument

    There is a new museum in town that they're still working on. It's interesting if you enjoy old dinosaur bones and archeology.The kids love looking at the dinosaurs models. and they have a kids section to "dig" in the museum.The Quarry is a few miles outside of town, about a half hour from downtown. There is a shuttle from the parking area up to the...

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  • Flaming Gorge

    This is the place for all your water sports, and world famous fishing. Be sure and take the time to go to the overlook. Its is definately worth the few minutes, the view is "awe inspiring" and thousands of photo oppurtunity. You might even see a moose or an elk on your adventure. A GREAT place to stop for dinner or lunch is the Flaming Gorge Lodge...

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  • Utah Field House of Natural History...

    We got an after-hours tour of this new facility by the curator who was a friend of a friend. I would recommend it for anyone interested in the natural history of the area, including, of course, dinosaurs. We were lucky to visit there as a group on paleontology field trip and got the royal treatment, but I would bet that it would be enjoyable on...

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  • Dinosaur National Monument

    Dinosaur National MonumentThis park is named after the Dinosaur bones found in the Dinosaur Quarry, just north of the town of Jensen.They made a large building around a piece of rock with a lot of Dinosaurs bones in it. In the building you so the rock, like on the picture. There are some skeletons too. Everything is explained in an exhibition in...

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  • Fossilized backbone of...

    Fossilized backbone of Diplodocus, a large plant-eater, just one of twelve kinds of dinosaurs found around the quarry in this famous 140 million year old deposit.

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  • Quarry Visitor Center,...

    Quarry Visitor Center, Dinosaur National Monument, UtahInterior of the quarry building showing the fossils on the cliff face. Quarry technicians can be seen at work here on occasion.Children, such my then elementary-age daughters, are fascinated by this exhibit.

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Vernal Restaurants

  • Lovely place!!!!

    We found this breakfast stop completely by mistake (travelling in the wrong direction) and didn't regret it. A lovely smile as I opened the door, service and food on the same level.$16 for the two of us inc. coffee and tax. Big fluffy pancakes topped off with a couple of over-easy eggs. Yumyum.

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  • Odd Location; Great Eats!

    Excellent soup, a meal in itself. My sidekick had Utah trout, which was very good. My lamb was also yummy. Beer! Wine! Cocktails!Good ambiance; in contrast with some of the other places we've eaten here, people actually seemed to be having a good time.No room for pie. Next time maybe. All the food arriving at neighboring tables looked fine.

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  • Best breakfast in the West!!!

    Betty's pancakes are huge and fluffy - the waffles are huge, the omelets are phenomonial. Her fresh soup and pies are made from scratch every day and they are wonderful. From the outside it doesn't look like much and the parking is poor - but the food, the service and the atomsphere is to die for! The pancakes, eggs and bacon !!! My dad's absolute...

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Vernal Nightlife

  • by Thayne Written Jun 22, 2005

    Vernal has no nightlife. It is a small hick town with nothing to do, unless you enjoy cow tipping. Beware of the rednecks, crackheads, and inbreds. They all come out at night.

    Dress Code: Nothing, in your room you can be naked if you want.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Camping

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Vernal Transportation

  • Taxi or rental car

    Vernal has one, privately operated Taxi service. The best way around Vernal is in your private vehicle or a rental car. There is no public transporation.Some hotels, offer a shuttles to Dinosaur Monument during the peak season. If you plan on river running, the raft companies can usually arrange your transportation.

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  • US Highway 40 east of Vernal,...

    US Highway 40 east of Vernal, Utah. To reach the Quarry Visitor Center, turn north at Jensen, Utah.

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Vernal Off The Beaten Path

  • Sheep Creek Geologic Loop

    I've heard about this drive for years. I can't believe it took me so long to take it. This really is a short detour off the main highway that goes through an incredibly stunning geologic warp in stone. I know, I know that sounds dry and boring. But seeing this in real life with the morning sun shining on the Uinta Fault was eye-opening. You want to...

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  • John Jarvie Ranch

    This is a wonderful old ranch on the banks of the Green River. Restored and saved as an example of rural life at the turn of the last century. There are a couple camgrounds nearby to stay at while you are in the neighborhood. The ranch is near a rafting take out and so could be a visit after the river trip. John Jarvie settled with his wife Nellie...

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  • Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

    Flaming Gorge National Recreation AreaLink to: Flaming Gorge WebsiteAddress:aming Gorge National Recreation Area,P.O. Box 279, Manila 84046,

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Vernal Sports & Outdoors

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    The storefront says it all

    by Segolily Written Dec 5, 2009

    Green River Outfitters and Trout Creek Flies is THE place for fly fishing, fishing and rafting trips, guides, rentals and supplies. Located conveniently in the very small town of Dutch John. They have a sandwich counter and food store. There are also showers available for those coming off the river or out of the mountains after a long trip. I don't fish so I don't know if they have everything, but it sure looked that way to me.

    Equipment: If you need it to fish you have it here: Rods, reels, lines, flies, bait, licenses, hats, boots, pants, waders, boats, guides, etc.

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    • Family Travel
    • Rafting
    • Fishing

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