The Lowdown on Vernal, UT: Meeting Point – Vernal, Utah, is the place to be for river rafting vacations, dinosaur viewing, and overall fun outdoor recreation. Two Holiday Expeditions trips launch out of Vernal: our Yampa River trip and our Lodore Canyon trip. Come play in our Utah whitewater, then check out how big the T-Rex really was. (Hint: its teeth alone were six inches long. Yikes!)

Wagon Wheel Hike

Wagon Wheel hike on the Yampa River


Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum (better known as the Dinosaur Museum)

Why you want to visit: their Dinosaur Garden, of course. They have full-size replicas of dinosaurs. Trust us—very big creatures. (435) 789-3799


Dinosaur National Monument

Long ago, those mighty dinosaurs wandered around Utah. Okay, it wasn’t called Utah back then, but they were definitely here, and they left plenty of remnants to look at in the form of their fossils and tracks. Bonus: the Quarry Exhibit Hall over the Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry has reopened after five years of being closed. (435) 781-7700



Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Ancient Fremont Indian petroglyphs, hiking trails, swimming, house boating, and record trout possibly available for fishing are all draws at this very popular area. You can camp or stay at area motels. With 300 miles of shoreline, you’ll probably find just the right spot to play or relax. (435) 784-3445




Jones Hole Creek

KJ fishing at Jones Hole

Fancy some fishing? If so, Jones Hole is the place to be. Get your fishing license from the state agency then cast your line. Ahh… What a great way to end your Utah river rafting trip. (435) 781-7700








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