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Archaeological Site in Vernal

McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs

Worth the drive, the McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs sit 10 miles northeast of town. The 800-year-old Fremont Indian petroglyphs require some rock scrambling to see. Generous ranch owners built a little self-serve info s…
Museum in Vernal

Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum

The informative film at the Utah Field House of Natural History is the best all-round introduction to Utah’s dinosaurs. Interactive exhibits, video clips and, of course, giant fossils are wonderfully relevant to the…
Park in Vernal

High Uintas Wilderness Area

The Uinta Mountains are unusual in that they run east–west, unlike all other major mountain ranges in the lower 48. Several peaks rise to more than 13,000ft, including Kings (13,528ft), which is the highest point in…
Park in Vernal

Starvation State Park

The name comes from the theft of buried provisions, left either by trappers or Native Americans. In different versions of the story, each group blamed the other, though in all likelihood bears were to blame for the …
Park in Vernal

Red Fleet State Park

Twelve miles northeast of Vernal, Red Fleet State Park offers boating, camping and an easy hike to a series of fossilized dinosaur tracks (best visited when the reservoir isn't full). Campsites are a mix of reservab…
Pub Food in Vernal

Vernal Brewing Company

This craft brewery has come to dinosaur town and it's a home run. There are five house brews on tap, including a peach-infused wheat ale. Dine on gooey mac and cheese, green salad topped with grilled salmon or a red…
Mexican in Vernal

Don Pedro's Family Mexican Restaurant

You won't write home about it, but Don Pedro's is a step up from the fast-food scene, with filling burritos and chilled margs that do the trick after a hot day in the sun.