This week we’re heading to Vernal Utah, the heart of Dinosaurland located 170 miles east of Salt Lake City near the Colorado state line. We frequently talk about “base camping” when exploring regional destinations, places where adventure, attractions, and points of interest are within a short drive of where you’re staying. In this case, Vernal is our base camp for northeast Utah, which includes hunting those elusive dinosaurs.
Vernal is the heart of Dinosaurland that includes Dinosaur National Monument 17 miles from town and the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum located within the city limits.
Vernal is a gateway to Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area famous for its water sports, trout fishing, and spectacular scenery. Boaters, water skiers, and paddle boarders shouldn’t miss Steinaker State Park, Red Fleet State Park. Anglers and river rafters will want to hit the Green River for world-renowned fly-fishing and scenic whitewater action through Dinosaur National Monument. Winter offers miles of snowmobile terrain. This area is also the southern and eastern gateway to the High Uintas Wilderness Area.
Details and directions for these recreation areas and others are available at the map below.
Where to Stay & Eat
If you’re visiting a place called Dinosaurland, shouldn’t you stay in a place called Dinosaur Inn & Suites? Outdoor pool, comfortable rooms, great location, especially since it’s adjacent to our favorite restaurant, Antica Forma Pizzeria, a splash old Italy right here in the middle of Vernal Utah. Best Napolitano pizza this side of Napoli!
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