Say "Vernal" to most Utahns and the word that most often comes to mind is "dinosaurs." Vernal is close to Dinosaur National Monument. Downtown Vernal offers the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum. Not into dinosaurs? No worries. Vernal is a gateway to Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Stretching 90 miles, the reservoir is famous for water sports, trout fishing, and spectacular scenery. Boaters and water skiers shouldn't miss Steinaker State Park and Red Fleet State Park. You'll find plenty of territory to hike, bike, and raft all summer long. Winter offers miles of some of Utah's best snowmobile terrain. This area is also the southern and eastern gateway to the High Uintas Wilderness Area. Visit the official tourism office for Vernal and surrounding area www.visitdinosaurland.com.
Family Fun Adventures
Become a Junior Scientist or a Peewee Paleo in the heart of Dinosaurland at the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum. Children ages eight to 12 can explore the museum, labeling bones and completing hands-on activities. Children ages seven and under can follow a scavenger hunt out into the garden, where 14 life-sized prehistoric models (including a T-Rex and a woolly mammoth) are displayed, (435) 789-3799, www.stateparks.utah.gov/parks/field-house.
For more detailed information on attractions, accommodations and dining, visit Uintah Country Travel & Tourism www.dinoland.com
Dinosaur National Monument
Northeastern Utah’s dinosaur legacy comes to life at Dinosaur National Monument, where geological and climatic forces have tilted, warped, and eroded the earth’s crust to reveal a treasure trove of fossils.
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
Flaming Gorge might be the West's most spectacular reservoir. It certainly is one of the best fisheries around and the nearby national forest offers endless trails and other outdoor adventures.
Red Fleet State Park
Red Fleet is a perfect base for exploring the surrounding area while offering stellar camping, hiking — including the excellent Dinosaur Trackway — boating, fishing and biking.
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