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Utah's Best Kept Secret, Uintah County's largest city, is located in eastern Utah near the Colorado State Line, and 175 miles east of Salt Lake City. It is bordered on the north by the Uintah Mountains, one of the few mountains ranges in the world which lie in an east-west direction, rather than the usual north to south direction. Vernal is often called ‘the Basin” or the “Ashley Valley”, named in honor of William H. Ashley, an early fur trader.

Vernal is the county seat and has experienced rapid growth and expansion. Forbe's Magazine called Vernal City one of America's fastest growing small towns.

Vernal, unlike many Utah towns, was not settled initially by Mormon pioneers. Brigham Young sent a scouting party to Uintah Basin in 1861 and received word back the area was good for nothing but nomad purposes, hunting grounds for Indians and "to hold the rest of the world together." That same year, President Abraham Lincoln set the area aside as the Uintah Indian Reservation. The Ute Indian Reservation is approximately 20 miles from Vernal.

Vernal City is bordered by Naples City, Jensen, Bonanza, Maeser and other small communities.  The county population was nearly 33,000 at the 2010 census. Vernal is the county seat of Uintah County. It is the regional hub, providing major retail, shopping and industrial opportunities for residents in Duchesne, Daggett, Carbon, Uintah, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties. The area is rich in natural resources including extraction of oil, natural gas, tar sands and oil shale. Uintah County is the only known location of gilsonite, a product mined south of Vernal city.  The workforce relies heavily on oil and gas extraction and supporting industries.   Other prominent employers include retail, government and education, and other oil and gas extraction related services.

Vernal is situated on a two lane highway, US Highway 40, and many people believe it is the only city in the U.S. of its size that does not have a railway. The city's Vernal-Uintah County Airport has daily scheduled air service to Salt Lake City provided by SkyWest a Delta Airline Service. Additional flight options are available daily to the Denver International Airport. During the summer months, Vernal’s main street is transformed by hundreds of flower planters that line Main Street, Highway 40 and other main routes.  Millions of flowers are delicately preened to provide a beautiful array of colors and fragrance for people to enjoy.  Each year Vernal submits its display of flowers for judging in various competitions.  Additionally, the city streets are home to two life-sized dinosaurs, one of which is decorated many times throughout the year, reflecting the areas activities and holiday spirit. TO SEE AND DO

Tourism also plays a major role in Vernal's economy due to the town's roots in the Old West and being a large site of ancient dinosaur fossils. Once a hideout for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the Vernal area is rich in history and lore.  The region contains the largest known concentration of dinosaur fossils in the world.  Of the nearly 750,000 yearly visitors and tourists, most will tour the Dinosaur National Monument, 15 miles east of Vernal, or the Utah Field House of Natural History Museum in Vernal’s downtown.  Other fascinating areas of interest include Fantasy Canyon, Diamond Mountain, Green River, Red Fleet reservoir, Dry Fork Canyon Petroglyphs, Split Mountain, Jones Hole, Brown’s Park, Nine Mile Canyon, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Flaming Gorge Dam, Ute Indian Tribe Pow-Wow, Ashley National Forest, the High Uintah Mountains and many other outdoor hotspots.  Day and weekend rafting, hiking and tours are available from multiple providers. The Dinosauarland tourism board also provides many self guided day trips ranging from Jones Hole Fish Hatchery tours, to hiking abandoned copper mines. and the surrounding area is popular among outdoor enthusiasts as they are situated near plentiful spots for fishing, fly fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities.  Flaming Gorge reservoir provides anglers the opportunity to land some of the largest lake trout in North America.  With hundreds and hundreds of miles of shore line, anglers can find pockets of really large and hungry fish.  In addition to lake trout, sportsman can find kokanee salmon, burbot, rainbow and brown trout, large and smallmouth bass, and catfish available as sport fish.  Dozens of fishing tournaments are held each year at Flaming Gorge. Wildlife, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer and pronghorn antelope are often spotted along the shores of the reservoir.

Vernal City and Uintah County have a booming retail and shopping district.  Many notable retailers call Vernal home.  Retailers include, Big Kmart, Super Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx, Ross, Petco, Maurice's, Beal’s, Rue21, Famous Footware, Payless, Staples, Hibbett Sports, Sally Beauty, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Lowe’s Home Improvement, GameStop, Sears, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Sportsman's Warehouse, Ace Hardware, Radio Shack, TrueValue, Smith’s Food King (Kroger), IGA Grocery, GNC, Cal Ranch, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Basin Sports and many other local boutiques and shoppes. GMC, Ford and Dodge have local dealerships, with multiple used car dealers in the area. 

Because of its tourism sector, the area is home to nearly 20 different hotels including inns, hostels, budget hotels, business rooms and high-end hotel properties. The area also hosts campers and RV 'ers at one of the many campgrounds. Tent sites, RV pads and lodges are available on a nightly, daily or weekly rental. The KOA provides a swimming pool, miniature golf, bike rentals, fishing supplies, volleyball and an open meadow for activities.




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Vernal Office: 435.789.7555
Roosevelt Office: 435.722.3533

1340 West Highway 40
Vernal, Utah 84078



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