Bordered by the Uinta Mountains, Book Cliffs and Blue Mountain, Vernal, Utah is nestled in the Ashley Valley and features a gorgeous landscape that attracts nature lovers, photographers and outdoor recreationalists year-round. However, even with all that surrounding, sprawling beauty, the city of Vernal itself is quaint and charming at just under five square miles. Guests at this Ledgestone hotel have it all, including endless options for outdoor adventure but with all the hospitality that only a smaller town can offer. Business travelers are often in town for the thriving natural gas and petroleum industries, with both Schlumberger and Halliburton putting down roots in this dessert basin, but also for the rich tourism industry.
Part of the original Old West and boasting numerous dinosaur fossils, history buffs consider Vernal a paradise. Dinosaurland and the Dinosaur National Monument welcome travelers to this unique part of Utah, making it a perfect destination for families. Travelers will find the biggest prehistoric Jurassic dinosaur bone quarry here, and a number of local shops and boutiques feature the remnants in one of a kind creations. Head to the Utah Field House of Natural History Museum State Park to discover more, including life-sized replicas. Add in the plentiful hunting, backpacking and hiking options, and it’s easy to see why Vernal is a travel hub.
Each year, there are a number of rodeos and festivals throughout the town. This is the hometown of Earl W. Bascom and Lane Frost, rodeo stars, and is considered one of the most notable regions for cowboys and rodeo training in the nation. Whether travelers are in the mood for local, live music or snow activities in the winter months, there’s something for everyone year-round. Check out the mountain biking trails throughout the Uinta Mountains, or go to one of the many lakes or reservoirs for boating, kayaking or even whitewater rafting.
A little north is the Flaming Gorge Recreation Center, which welcomes over two million visitors per year. However, it’s just one of many outdoor sirens that call out to guests. Visit one of the many state parks, like Red Fleet or Steinaker, to explore more of Utah’s natural beauty surrounding Vernal. The local streams feature world-class fishing, and off-roading with ATVs or snowmobiles attract adrenaline lovers from around the world. A sheer oasis no matter what the season, make sure to check these attractions off your list when staying in Vernal:
* Dinosaurland and the Dinosaur National Monument
* Flaming Gorge Recreation Center
* Red Fleet and Steinaker State Parks
* Utah Field House of Natural History