Step Back in Time
There’s plenty to learn in Vernal, UT. From the early days of the state to a few hundred millennia before that, the region has a rich and interesting history—learn all about it by visiting one of the nearby museums.
- Daughters of the Utah Pioneer Museum
- Address: 186 South 500 West Vernal, UT 84078
- Phone: 435-789-0352
The Daughters of the Utah Pioneer Museum display historic artifacts from the early settlers and Fremont and Ute Indians. The museum is housed in the first tithing office in Uintah County, a rock building erected in 1887 by the Uintah Stake of the LDS Church. Located across the street from the Vernal LDS Temple, the museum showcases artifacts, pictures and history of the area from the mid-1800s. Open June through August, Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Uintah County Heritage Museum
- Address: 328 E 200 S Vernal, UT 84078
- Phone: 435-789-7399
- Website: uintahmuseum.org
Uintah County Heritage Museum features displays of the pioneers, Native American Indians, miners, soldiers, lawmen and outlaws who helped shape the history of the Uintah Basin.
- Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum
- Address: 496 E Main Street Vernal, UT 84078
- Phone: 435-789-3799
- Website: stateparks.utah.gov/parks/utah-field-house/
Park – Scenic Area, $6 for adults, $3 for children. Open year-round 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Modern restrooms, visitor center and picnic area available.
Utah’s newest dinosaur museum and dinosaur park, the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum opened in June 2004. New exhibits and displays cover the 22,000-square-foot facility, inside and out. Vivid murals and tile floors help visitors connect geological time to real-time places in Vernal. Life-size replicas of dinosaurs peek into the museum through windows looking out onto the new Dinosaur Gardens. Curious visitors, both young and old, can do their own investigating with books, models, puzzles, and bones and chisels. Try your hand at fossil hunting and see how a real paleontologist works.