Vernal, a small community with paramount surroundings, is a prime destination for relaxation or adventure. Backdrops of mountain vistas and sunsets characterize Vernal's lush landscape of corn and sunflowers.
Also known as "Dinosaurland," Vernal is home to the largest quarry of prehistoric Jurassic dinosaur bones. Dinosaur National Monument is located 20 minutes east of Vernal. Boutiques and shops are sprinkled with remnants of the long ago Jurassic inhabitants. Within Vernal, the Utah Field House of Natural History Museum State Park offers real-life replicas of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Read more...
On an annual basis, Vernal hosts festivals and rodeo celebrations as well as live local music. Throughout the winter months, Vernal teems with snow great for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Vernal is a thriving haven for the outdoor enthusiast. A vintage of mountain biking trails pepper the rugged Uinta Mountains. Reservoirs, lakes and streams offer popular water activities such as boating, whitewater rafting and kayaking.
Just north of Vernal lies Flaming Gorge Recreation Center which hosts more than 2 million visitors a year. Neighboring state parks, including Steinaker and Red Fleet, also offer many of these activities. World-class fishing is also available throughout Vernal's myriad of streams. Exploration via backpacking, hiking and camping are also prominent sports. Off-road and ATV trails are also available.
From high mountain vistas to the scenery of the desert, Vernal is an oasis of adventure and excitement in the 'great outdoors'.