Explore Steinaker State Park

Date: March 7, 2024

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Steinaker State Park: Your Gateway To The Great Outdoors

Steinaker State Park campsite

Located off US Route 191 seven miles north of Vernal in Northeastern Utah, lies a hidden gem waiting to be explored—Steinaker State Park. 

This destination boasts multiple outdoor activities and is a popular year-round hotspot for both visitors and locals. Plus, it’s a convenient base camp for various nearby attractions including Dinosaur National Monument, Red Fleet State Park, and the Morrison Formation.

Ready to discover Steinaker State Park? Keep reading to learn more about your next unforgettable adventure.

Steinaker State Park and Reservoir is part of Dinoland Day Trip #4.

Remember to check the current park and reservoir conditions before your next trip!

Things to Do at Steinaker State Park

🔶 Watersport

watersports at Steinaker State Park

Watersport enthusiasts are in for a treat thanks to Steinaker’s excellent facilities and range of activities. The sandy beach at Steinaker isn’t just for sunbathing—it’s also fantastic for stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking. For those looking to take things up a notch, Steinaker State Park offers boat rentals and watercraft services. 

Whatever water recreation you’re into, Steinaker State Park has you covered.

🔶 Fishing and ice fishing

Steinaker State Park fishing

​​Steinaker State Park is fantastic for fishing year-round. One of the prized catches here is the rainbow trout, and during the summer, you’ll find largemouth bass.

In the colder months, the lake may freeze over, providing the perfect setting for ice fishing. Every January, Steinaker hosts an exciting ice tournament for those who enjoy fishing at this time of year.

After a successful day of fishing, take advantage of the on-site fish cleaning station to prepare your catch for a delicious meal. 

While enjoying your time at the reservoir, please adhere to Steinaker’s fishing regulations.

🔶 Swimming

Steinaker State Park swimming

During the baking heat, there’s no better way to cool off than with a refreshing swim in the Steinaker Reservoir. The inviting sandy beaches, swimming dock, and warm summer water make Steinaker the perfect location to chill out in summer.


Steinaker State Park ATV

Steinaker offers access to popular local double-track trails that promise exhilarating rides through Utah’s unspoiled terrain. To get started, ride north on the campground entrance road to reach the trailhead. From there, you can choose your own adventure.

For those looking for something more relaxing, the moderate Doc’s Beach Trail offers the perfect balance of excitement and scenic beauty. If you’re up for more of a challenge, the advanced Red Mountain Trail will test your skills and reward you with breathtaking views of the wilderness.

🔶 Cross-country skiing

Steinaker State Park cross country skiing

If you visit Steinaker State Park during the winter, you’ll discover a fantastic opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to embrace the snow: cross-country skiing. Locals create a two-mile loop trail in winter that offers an incredible experience in the heart of nature. 

🔶 Tracking down the park’s geocache

Geocaching is an outdoor activity that combines treasure hunting, exploration, and technology. Use a GPS or a smartphone app to discover a secret location at Steinaker State Park. Want a clue for the geocache? It has an incredible view of the lake!

The coordinates for the secret location are listed here in three different ways, depending on your GPS:

  • N40.514902 E -109.541514 – degrees

  • N40 30.894′ E -109 32.492′ – degrees/minutes

  • N40 30’53.47″ E -109 32′ 29.52″ – degrees/minutes/seconds

Staying at Steinaker State Park

🔶 Camping

Nestled along Steinaker Reservoir, the campground at Steinaker State Park offers stunning views that make for a scenic camping experience. 

The campground is available from May 15 through September 30 each year, but plan ahead and make your camping reservations early because they tend to fill up quickly. 

To explore the campground layout and choose the perfect spot for your outdoor getaway, check out the Steinaker State Park campground map. 

🔶 Steinaker Cabin

If camping isn’t for you, they also have a cabin available. The cabin accommodates six people and is available from mid-May through mid-October. It includes a queen-sized bunk bed, heating/air conditioning, a fridge, a microwave, a futon, and a small table with chairs.

Book the cabin for a more comfortable stay on a hill overlooking Steinaker Reservoir.

🔶 Lodging in Vernal

Because Steinaker State Park is located only 12 minutes from Vernal, some visitors choose to stay in Vernal while making day trips to Steinaker. Browse the lodging options in Vernal and choose a great base camp for experiencing Dinoland.

How to Get to Steinaker State Park

🔶 From Salt Lake City

Steinaker State Park is tucked away near Vernal in Uintah County.  To get to Steinaker State Park from Salt Lake City, follow these directions:

  • Head east from Salt Lake City on Interstate 80 for approximately 181 miles.

  • Take Interstate 80 east to US 40, which leads to Heber City.

  • Continue to US 40 through Heber City, Duchesne, Roosevelt, and into Vernal.

  • Once in Vernal, stay on US 40.

  • Turn left onto Vernal Avenue. The park is located about seven miles north of Vernal.

  • Turn onto 4335 North Highway 191, and you’ll find the entrance to Steinaker State Park on your left.

Steinaker State Park: Plan Your Perfect Getaway

From boating and fishing on the pristine reservoir to hiking and picnicking along its shores, the park offers a wide range of activities for the whole family. What’s even more fantastic is that it serves as an ideal hub for exploring nearby attractions such as Dinosaur National Monument, Red Fleet State Park, and the Morrison Formation. 

Whether you’re soaking in the breathtaking natural surroundings or diving into thrilling outdoor activities, this park has it all. So pack your bags, round up your family, and make your way to Steinaker State Park for an unforgettable experience. 

Other Nearby Attractions

Red Fleet State Park

Dinosaur National Monument

Morrison Formation