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Vernal, Utah Visitors Guide

Known for its oil, natural gas, and mineral deposits, as well as magnificent sights like the canyons, peaks and rock formations, Vernal, Utah is truly an impressive place to visit. Some of its area attractions include:

  • Western Heritage Museum- Step back in time as you see displays on the early settlers, frontiersmen and the Indians. There is also a blacksmith display, a barbershop, a country store and horse-drawn carriage equipment. While there, don’t miss the ladies fashion displays from the turn of the century and the one-room schoolhouse.
  • Dry Fork Petroglyphs- just 10 miles north from of town, you can see the impressive 200 feet of artwork by Navajo artisans that was created in 1200 A.D.
  • Ouray National Wildlife Refuge- Just a short drive from Vernal brings you to this animal haven where you can see over 200 bird species.
  • Ashley National Forest- A favorite for outdoor enthusiast, and the site of Utah’s highest mountain, Kings Peak, you will find numerous opportunities for camping, boating, hiking, biking, wildlife watching, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.
  • Red Cloud/Dry Fork Scenic Byway- Beginning 14 miles north of Vernal, this 45 mile winding road passes Aspen groves, flowered meadows, alpine lakes and streams and many other beauties of nature.
  • Dinosaur Diamond National Scenic Byway- 512 miles connect Utah and Colorado. Along the way, take some time to visit the state parks- Arches and Canyonlands- as well as the dinosaur art at McConkie Ranch, Canyon Pintado and Nine Mile Canyon.
  • Each year in July, Vernal is the place for Wild West fun, as the annual Dinosaur Round-up Rodeo is held. You will see professional bareback bronco riders, world class bull riding, steer wrestling and much more. Do your best to include this great event on your Utah travel itinerary.
Photo Credits: Photo of Dinosaur National Monument by Jason Parker-Burlingham