3rd Annual Dinah “SOAR” Days Hot Air Balloon Festival a Huge Success and Economic Benefit to Community

Date: September 2, 2020

In: Festivals

August 28-30. 2020 thousands of visitors from near and far came to attend the 3rd Annual Dinah “SOAR” Days Hot Air Balloon Festival in Vernal, Utah. Visitors enjoyed watching the balloons launch each morning, vintage car show, vendors, chalk art contest, live entertainment, battle of the bands, night glow, candlesticking. bounce houses, beer garden, a dino dash, and more.

This year Dinah “SOAR” Days had 24 hot air balloons that flew over Vernal during the festival. Pilots came from all over …

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Coronavirus: Fun Things To Do While Social Distancing in Dinosaurland

Date: March 28, 2020

In: Hiking

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, many people are finding themselves in quarantine in order to most effectively practice “social distancing.” Are you going stir crazy?” Social distancing doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside. There are plenty of things that you can do outside that are still within the appropriate social distancing. Plus being outdoors is good for you! So here are a few ideas to help motivate you to go outside. 

Go For A Hike There is ample …

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Top Five Hikes in Dinosaurland

Date: December 4, 2019

In: Hiking

Dinosaurland in Vernal, Utah is a great place to go outside and explore. The scenery is vast and often changing. There is a wide range of trails ranging from beginner to advanced and offering distances up to 30 miles. We have compiled a list of the top five hikes that should be one everyone’s itinerary when visiting Dinosaurland.

* Moonshine Arch

Moonshine Arch is a local favorite. This massive arch is about 85 feet in length and about 40 feet …

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New Dinosaur Finds in Dinosaurland

Date: November 14, 2019

In: Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaurland in Vernal, Utah is known for its immense amount of dinosaur fossils and bones to be discovered in the area. New and exciting dinosaur discoveries are still happening in Dinosaurland. During the summer of 2019 paleontologists found a Stegosaurus femur, three intact teeth, and prepared countless fossils with a valid permit from Dinosaur National Monument.


Stegosaurus Femur Discovered in Dinosaur National Monument

Stegosaurus femur was collected in Dinosaur National Monument on August 8, 2019. New Dinosaur National Monument paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster …

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The Building That Was Sent Through The Mail

Date: November 4, 2019

In: History


Can you ship a building through the mail? Here in Uintah County, over one hundred years ago clever bankers did just that. The Uintah Basin residence had out grown their current bank location and needed something larger. The new bank would require 80,000 bricks to construct it. But acquiring the bricks from Salt Lake City, Utah by fright wagon was an expensive venture. At the time, commercial wagon freighters demanded 15 cents per brick to ship from Salt Lake City …

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Top 10 Things to Do In Dinosaurland, Vernal, Utah

Date: October 10, 2019

In: Uncategorized

Memories are made in Dinosaurland! It is an outdoor wonderland jammed packed with beauty, history, and of course adventure. And while the possibilities are endless on your next visit to Vernal, Utah let us suggest the top 10 things to do here and what you won’t want to miss out on.

1- Play like a Paleontologist

Vernal, Utah is dinosaur country so much so that it is referred to as Dinosaurland. With a name like Dinosaurland you know that there is going …

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Camping Near Vernal, Utah

Date: May 29, 2019

In: Uncategorized

If you are looking for wondrous landscapes where you can explore the great outdoors and sleep peacefully under a pristine, starry night sky, Vernal and the Ashley National Forest are the place for you.

Camping near Vernal, Utah is perfect for lovers of the outdoors. With plenty of sights and activities galore, Vernal, Utah camping will make for a memorable vacation.

Gorgeous Sights

Vernal and the Ashley National Forest have a plethora of natural wonders for you to explore.

Vernal, UT is nestled in …

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5 Exciting Activities in Vernal that Don’t Involve Dinosaur Fossils

Date: May 11, 2017

In: Uncategorized

Whether you are driving to Vernal from Colorado in the east or from Utah in the west, an adventure awaits. Vernal, with a population approaching 10,000 people, lies almost halfway between Salt Lake City and Aspen, and it offers a number of off-the-beaten-path activities for the day or as an overnight.

Driving down the main street of town, the eyes of visitors are filled with wonder as they drive past more than 1,500 …

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Can you name a movie based on the dinosaur in the film?

Date: July 26, 2016

In: quiz

Do you think you’re a dinosaur genius? Do you think you know everything about movies? Have you seen every Jurassic Park movie, thousands of times?Then take our quiz and see if you truly know everything about dinosaurs and movies.

Vern+Al Short Story Finalist #2

Date: March 31, 2016

In: Contests

The second entry submitted to our short story contest was written by Janet Pierce. You will find the story below. I am just amazed at the creativity of our two finalists and how cute their stories turned out. Wouldn’t it be fun to go on these adventures in real life?