Vernal / Dinosaurland KOA Attractions

Local Area Attractions Near Vernal / Dinosaurland KOA

Jones Hole fishing area is 40 miles with a fish hatchery and fishing.
Indian petroglyphs 19 miles at McKonkie Ranch are class A ancient artwork.
Two state parks, Redfleet 10 miles, has wonderful fishing, boating, kayaking, and dinosaur tracks in the stone ledges surrounding the lake, and Steinaker Lake for boating and fishing.
Fantasy Canyon 40 miles contains some of the world's most unique wind carved sandstone structures and unique geological structures in the world.

Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument

Explore Dinosaur National Monument by driving one of two auto tours, hiking one of many trails, or rafting the rivers and experience what else is waiting to be discovered.

11625 East 1500 S

Jensen, UT 84035

970-374-3000

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Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum
Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum

At the Utah Field House of Natural History Museum in Vernal, you'll find interactive, family-friendly exhibits with a wealth of information about Jurassic dinosaurs and many others. You'll also be educated on the area's geology, and what makes it prime digging grounds for dinosaur bones and skeletons. The museum is an excellent complement to the Quarry and Visitor Center, as it can give further story and content about the creatures that used to live here and their surroundings. The exhibit hosts an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils from several different sites. Murals give visitors a sense of what the area was like millions of years ago.

496 East Main St.

Vernal, UT 84078

435-789-3799

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City of Vernal
City of Vernal

Take a stroll down the most beautiful main street in America! Come for the flowers, stay for the fun that is Vernal , Utah!

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Red Fleet State Park
Red Fleet State Park

Dinosaurs inhabited the land in and around present day Vernal. Red Fleet State Park is home of numerous dinosaur tracks. These tracks are believed to be more than 200 million years old.
The park rents canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and paddleboards with paddles and PFD's for an enjoyable and safe day on the water.  The rental cost is $15 / hour, $35 / 2-4 hours, $55 / 5-8 hours, and $75 all day (9:00 am-8:00 pm).  Red Fleet Reservoir has been considered a mini Lake Powell and is a great place to explore by canoe, kayak, pedal boat or paddleboard.  The watercraft are not on reservations but can be rented at the parks entrance gate from May – September.

8750 N. Highway 191

Vernal, UT 84078

435-789-6614

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Dinosaurland
Dinosaurland

Great travel information for all of Northeast Utah. www.dinoland.com

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Moonshine Arch
Moonshine Arch

Moonshire Arch is one of Vernal's best kept secrets and is only 8 miles outside of town. This massive arch is about 85 feet in length and about 40 feet above the ground. You can access the Arch by jeep, atv, or hiking. Moonshine Arch is not a wellknown site, so there are no fences, railings or improvements. The trail is clearly marked, however, and there are green metal signs that lead you in the right direction. You might think you have taken the wrong path because you won't see Moonshine Arch until you come around the last bend on the trail. Be prepared though, because you will be amazed and impressed at the site you see. Pack a lunch, bring plenty of water in warmer weather, and get ready to take some amazing pictures. The Arch makes a perfect frame for taking pictures of Steinaker Reservoir and scenery in the area. Behind the arch are caverns where you can sit in the shade and eat or go exploring.

North 191

Vernal, UT 84078

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Fantasy Canyon
Fantasy Canyon

Fantasy Canyon is a Bureau of Land Management-managed area located about 27 miles south of Vernal, in Uintah County, Utah. Even though the area is only about 10 acres in size, it contains some of the most unusual geologic features in the world.

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Dry Fork Canyon - Native American Petroglyphs
Dry Fork Canyon - Native American Petroglyphs

These Native American petroglyphs are world renown, found all along 200-foot-high “Navajo Formation” sandstone cliffs. The tour can take from 1 to 8 hours, depending how far you want to go and how much you want to see. The petroglyphs are on private land. Contributions are accepted; all that is asked is for visitors to obey all signs and not damage the sites. Nowhere else can you see more petroglyphs in one area that are so easily accessible. There are trails that take you up close and personal to view figures up to 9 feet tall. These figures represent the Fremont culture, which flourished in this area from about 1-1200 A.D.

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Red Canyon Overlook
Red Canyon Overlook

The canyon was formed some 60 million years ago. This is one of the most photographed areas in Utah. Come see why.

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Hatch River Expeditions
Hatch River Expeditions

Join Don Hatch River Expeditions on a Utah whitewater rafting adventure. Enjoy the thrills and excitement of white water rafting on the Colorado River near Moab or on the Yampa River or Green River in Utah near Dinosaur National Monument - some of the best river rafting in the West.

221 N. 400 East

Vernal, UT 84078

435-789-4316

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Jones Hole and Fish Hatchery
Jones Hole and Fish Hatchery

A visit to the Hatchery and nearby hiking trails in the adjacent canyon will make any day special. The hatchery provides four different species of trout for stocking in local waters. Brook, brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout are all raised at the facility. Visitors are invited to walk among the 50 outside raceways where the fish are kept before stocking and to visit the main Hatchery building where there is a fish-rearing area, egg-incubation units and displays telling the story of how the fish are raised. After visiting the hatchery, walk down to Jones Hole following Jones Creek down the canyon. This is a wonderful four-mile trail that is part of Dinosaur National Monument. You will be able to view Fremont Indian pictographs, lush streamside vegetation and spectacular rock walls rising hundreds of feet above the canyon floor. There is also an abundance of wildlife for viewing for those who are quiet and careful observers.

24495 E. Jones Hole

Vernal, UT 84078

435-789-4481

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Flaming Gorge Dam
Flaming Gorge Dam

Towering 502 feet above the Green River. and completed in 1964, the Flaming Gorge Dam was built to provide water storage and hydroelectric power. The Dam is managed by the US Bureau of Reclamation and is the major hydroelectric dam along the Green River system.The visitor center here is a great place to start any tour of Flaming Gorge Country. A large 3D model, on-going films and interpretive displays give one a good overview of the myriad of recreational opportunities that await. Perched at the edge of the dam and along the water, an easy stroll rewards visitors with great scenic views. Free guided tours, conducted daily in season (April 15th through October 15th, 9am-5pm), give one a fascinating look deep inside the dam. On the north side of the parking lot, visitors can stroll down to the water along the easy Dam Point Trail, where there is a picnic area and fishing opportunities.

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Uintah County Heritage Museum
Uintah County Heritage Museum

Uintah County Heritage Museum features displays of the pioneers, Native American Indians, miners, soldiers, lawmen and outlaws who helped shape the history of the Uinta Basin. Admission is free.

155 W. Main Street

Vernal, UT 84078

435-789-7399

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Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking

Mountain bikers love Vernal! McCoy Flats is the most popular trailhead, with a variety of trails perfect for all levels of riders. The guys at the local bike shop, Altitude Cycle, can give you all the knowledge you need to ride in the area.

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Red Cloud Loop
Red Cloud Loop

Towering mountains, sandstone cliffs, rugged canyons, wildlife and sacred Indian petroglyphs, this scenic side trip travels through the canyons and forests of the Uinta Mountains.

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Sheep Creek Canyon
Sheep Creek Canyon

This route winds through the dramatic geologic formations of the Sheep Creep National Geologic Area. The Uinta Fault, which runs for more than 100 miles along the north slope of the Uinta Mountains, is clearly visible in the extremely twisted rock layers along the upper part of the loop. But stunning scenery isn't the only reason to keep your camera ready on this backway. Expect to catch a glimpse or two of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep as you wind through Sheep Creek's awe-inspiring rock spires. This relatively small area is home to an impressive diversity of birds and other wildlife.

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Ashley National Forest
Ashley National Forest

Ashley National Forest is located in northeastern Utah and Wyoming.It encompasses 1,384,132 National Forest acres (1,287,909 in Utah and 96,223 in Wyoming). Of the total acres, 276,175 are High Uintas Wilderness (180,530 additional acres of High Uintas Wilderness is located on the Wasatch / Cache National Forest).Elevations on the Ashley National Forest range from 6,000 feet to over 13,500 feet.

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Steinaker Lake State Park
Steinaker Lake State Park

Summer activities include camping, boating, swimming, OHV riding, hiking and fishing.

4335 N. Highway 191

Vernal, UT 84078

435-789-4432

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Dinosaur River Expeditions
Dinosaur River Expeditions

Get out for a day of river-rafting fun on the Green River in Northeastern Utah's Flaming Gorge country with Vernal Utah's only locally owned and operated outfitter. They offer a seven-mile single day raft trip through a canyon of towering red cliffs, ancient Ponderosa Pines, and spectacular scenery. This trip is perfect for the first-timer looking to try the whitewater river rafting experience, or the most practiced outdoor adventurer looking to see something new. On their Utah one day raft trip, you will  boat through exciting class II rapids with names like Mother-in-Law and Bridge Rapid. You can take a leisurely ride on a raft oared by a guide or take the plunge and try an inflatable kayak — paddling the rapids on your own. The trip includes an incredible riverside buffet lunch with all the extras. They provide transportation to and from the river, all the necessary safety equipment, and the most experienced guide staff in the Green River region.

2279 N. Vernal Avenue

Vernal, UT 84078

800-345-7238

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Uintal County Daughters of Pioneer Museum
Uintal County Daughters of Pioneer Museum

The mission of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers museums is to collect, preserve, and display artifacts belonging to Utah pioneers who settled the Territory of Deseret and those artifacts which represent the local community.

186 S. 500 West

Vernal, UT 84078

435-219-5168

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Jarvie's Ranch
Jarvie's Ranch

In 1880, John Jarvie, a Scotsman built a ranch along the Green River to offer store goods to those that lived or traveled in this wild territory. Jarvie chose this location due to a naturally occurring river crossing which was used by Indians, fur trappers, travelers, and local residents. At its height, the Jarvie ranch operation included a store, post office, river ferry, and cemetery. At the historic ranch, you'll find the stone house, which is a one-room, rectangular building. It was built by outlaw Jack Bennett, using masonry skills he learned in prison. This is also the museum where displays decorate the walls and a video of the history of the ranch can be viewed. You'll also get to duck inside the two-room dugout where John and his wife Nellie first lived. It is built into a hillside with a south-facing entrance overlooking the Green River. You can stroll over to the blacksmith shop and corral, which were constructed using hand-hewn railroad ties which drifted down from Green River, Wyoming, during high water. Finally, you get to pretend shop at the general store where Mr. Jarvie sold goods, which is a replica of the original which was built in 1881. It is furnished with many artifacts from the Jarvie period and also contains the original safe which was robbed from the men that murdered John Jarvie.

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Dinoland Golf Course
Dinoland Golf Course

With the breath taking views of Split Mountain and a challenging 18-hole course, Dinaland Golf Course is a favorite of locals and visitors!  This course is one golfers of all ages and experience levels will love to golf over and over again.

675 S. 2000 East

Vernal, UT 84078

435-781-1428

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Fishing
Fishing

Cool streams descend from rugged snowcapped mountains, feeding shimmering lakes or pausing in reservoirs where trout reach trophy proportions. Throughout the year anglers gear up in pursuit of experiences on waters that measure up to their passion.

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