Coronavirus Travel Updates for Visit Dinosaurland/Vernal, Utah
For the most up to date information on visitor services please call Uintah County Travel and Tourism at 800-477-5558 or [email protected]
Travel/Visitor Service Updates
After careful consideration, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt directed the National Park Service (NPS) to temporarily SUSPEND THE COLLECTIONS OF ALL PARK ENTRANCE FEES until further notice. – March 18, 2020 this includes the entrance fees at Dinosaur National Monument.
DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT: OPEN
The park remains open 24 hours. Camping and hiking are still OPEN.
Changes in Monument Operations
The following precautions are being taken due to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).
- The Quarry Visitor Center and Quarry Exhibit Hall are closed until further notice because of safety and health concerns.
- The monument bookstore operated by Intermountain Natural History Association inside the Quarry Visitor Center is also closed. The online store can be found here: https://futuresite.inhaweb.com/
- Dinosaur National Monument is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are safe by following the most current guidance from the CDC, OPM, OEM, and other federal, state, and local health authorities.
- Visitors can call our Virtual Visitor Center at 435-781-7700 from 9am-5pm MST to speak with park staff.
In an effort to limit exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), its recommend that visitors maintain at least a 6 foot distance between themselves and other visitor groups while hiking trails and exploring the monument.
UTAH FIELD HOUSE OF NATURAL HISTORY-STATE PARK DINOSAUR MUSEUM, RED FLEET STATE PARK AND STEINAKER STATE PARK : OPEN
The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation takes the health and safety of our visitors and employees seriously.
Employees have been asked to clean high-traffic areas or highly-used materials regularly; as well as to not report to work should there be concerns about their health status.
We advise park visitors to always use their best judgment when determining the safety of themselves and their families. Guests are encouraged to practice healthy hygiene and avoid visiting parks if they feel ill or are having symptoms.
Please help keep our parks and park facilities clean and tidy by cleaning up after yourself in the restroom and informing our staff of any deficiencies you may encounter.
Utah State Parks is following the guidance and recommendations of our health partners. This includes social distancing and limiting the size of groups — as well as “Clean-Avoid-Cover” guidelines.
VERNAL INFORMATION CENTER: OPEN
The Vernal Area Information Center located in the Utah Field House Museum will remain open to all visitors as long at the museum remain open. We ask that you continue to follow the guidelines from the Tri County Health Department and maintain social distance with no more than 10 people allowed in the visitor’s center at one time. Information can also be given by calling 435-789-3799.
UTAH WELCOME CENTER IN JENSEN: OPEN
The Jensen Welcome Center will be assisting visitors thru the phone and passing information packets out the door to visitors. Please call 435-789-4002. Coffee service is suspended at this time.
LOCAL ARE RESTAURANTS: ALL DINING ROOMS ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Please continue to support local restaurants and enjoy the same great meals at home or on a picnic that you enjoy in the local restaurant dining rooms. Click here for a list of restaurants and how they will be servicing their customers.
MCCONKIE RANCH PETROGLYPHS: OPEN
RED FLEET DINOSAUR TRACKWAY: OPEN
MCCOY FLATS MTN. BIKE COMPLEX: OPEN
MOONSHINE ARCH: OPEN
FANTASY CANYON: OPEN
JOSIES CABIN: OPEN
JONES HOLE TRAIL: OPEN
RED FLEET MTN BIKE COMPLEX: OPEN
ASHLEY NATIONAL FOREST: OPEN
Many of our local trails and recreation area remain open. We encourage you to use Social Distancing and stay 6 feet apart for others on the trails. Happy hiking and biking!
LOCAL GROCERY STORES: OPEN-BUT WITH LIMITED HOURS
Davis Food will open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The store will open from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for customers who are 60 and older. These customers can still shop after 8 a.m., if they choose to do so.
Smith’s will open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. the store will be open solely to meet the shopping needs of customers who are 60 and older. Smith’s will have staff on hand to help those who need special accommodations.
Customers 60 and older can still shop at Smith’s after 8 a.m., if they choose to do so.
Smith’s is also waiving the pick-up fee at the point of transaction, for online orders received curbside for customers whose verified age is 60 years and older through April 18, 2020.
Walmart will open daily from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The reduced hours will give employees more time to restock shelves and clean the store each day. The doors on the grocery side of the store will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8:30 p.m. The doors on the general merchandise store will open at 8 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
Beginning Tuesday, March 24, Walmart will be open only to customers who are 60 and older from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Right now, this will continue every Tuesday until April 28. The pharmacy and vision center will open during this time. Those who do not feel comfortable coming into the store to pick up a prescription can call the pharmacy at 435-789-9787 for curbside delivery.
Customers 60 and older can still shop at Walmart after 7 a.m., if they choose to do so.
Walmart is closing its automotive service center until further notice so that employees there can help with restocking shelves and cleaning the store each night. The fuel center has changed its hours to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Walmart does not have 24-hour pumps.
Walmart is also placing limits for customers on certain items, including paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, baby wipes, formula and baby food.
Our grocery stores all continue to receive shipments of food and other goods. All of our stores are expecting multiple delivery trucks each day.