get to know the Vernal, Utah region
Coming to Northeastern Utah for a whitewater rafting trip? There is so much to do and see, take a few extra days to experience all that the area has to offer.
Vernal, Utah is rich in its own history from the early Mormon pioneers to the vast exploration for oil and natural gas continuing today. Within an hour of downtown Vernal you will find hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting and site seeing not found anywhere else in Utah.
Here are some recommendations we think are worth taking the time to enjoy while on vacation in the area:
- Drop into Fullbright Studios, local artist Randy Fullbright has an incredible shop located at 200 East Main Street Vernal. Many of the wonderful photographs on our website were graciously provided by Randy. Mr. Fullbright has great knowledge of the area and will guide you to some excellent local hikes. His shop has a wonderful collection of photographs, hand crafted jewelry, pottery and more. Check out his website www.fullbrightstudio.com for a preview of his artwork.
- The Dinosaur Round Up Rodeo held each July is one of the top stops on the professional rodeo tour and one that your kids will love.
- Flaming Gorge Reservoir is a short 45 minute drive north of Vernal, UT not only is this one of the launch points for the Green River but an excellent area for hiking, viewing wildlife and camping. While in the Flaming Gorge area take a tour of the dam, this is a highlight for everyone on your trip.
- If you like mountain biking Vernal has a secret, it has some of the best mountain biking in the Western U.S. McCoy Flats is the most popular trailhead, with a variety of trails perfect for all levels of riders. Retail Sale is the flagship mountain bike ride and is great for intermediate to advanced riders. The local bike shop Altitude Cycle located in downtown Vernal can give you all the knowledge you need to ride in the area.
- Like fishing? There are dozens of lakes, streams and the Green River all within an hour of Vernal. You can find some solitude fly fishing on Jones Hole Creek catching colorful trout on a dry fly. Take the kids to Pelican Lake a half hour south of town where a bobber and some bait is all it takes to hook a ton of feisty Bluegills. The local sports shops will give you the lowdown on where to go and what to use. You will need a valid Utah fishing license available at many locations throughout Vernal.
- The Utah Field House and Natural History Museum located on Main Street is fun for the whole family. The museum has a strong focus on the dinosaurs, with some well designed displays about the area.