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Steinaker State Park

4335 N. Highway 191 Vernal, UT 84078-7800
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Fish for rainbow trout and largemouth bass, and enjoy sandy beaches, swim, boat, and waterski at Steinaker Reservoir. Select a secluded campsite overlooking the water and under the skies of Dinosaurland.

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Hiking for Fossils

Ever wanted to find a piece of history and play archaeologist? If so, Utah's got you covered at Steinaker State Park, where the trails around the park can lead you to fossilized squids and shark teeth. Just make sure to not disrupt the fossils!
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Dinosaur sightings abound when you explore in and around the city of Vernal. Driving into town, you’ll see a cute, pink dinosaur welcoming you to this 2-day adventure. Just down the street, you can explore Utah Field House, Red Fleet and Steinaker state parks.   DAY ONE: Within an 80-mile radius of Vernal, evidence of the entire Earth’s history is visible. At its center is the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum. Children can dig for fossils and walk through a prehistoric jungle inside. Outside, explore the Dinosaur Garden, a prehistoric zoo of 14 full- size dinosaur replicas. Stand in the shadow of 20-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex, or go head-to-head with a horned Triceratops, six-ton Stegosaurus, or winged Pteranodon.   DAY TWO: Red Fleet State Park is a short drive north from downtown Vernal. The park is named for its red rocks jutting up from the landscape, which appear like a fleet of ships. Enjoy an easy hike to the dinosaur trackway. Paleontologists say these tracks are 200 million years old and the three-toed dinosaurs that left them walked on two legs. The best viewing times are early morning or late afternoon, as the tracks are somewhat difficult to see when the sun is directly overhead. BONUS TIPS: Don’t miss the pink and green dinosaurs along Main Street in Vernal. If you have time, make your way to Steinaker State Park, 7 miles north of Vernal, just off Utah Highway 191. Sandy beaches, swimming, boating and waterskiing top the list of activities at Steinaker. There’s year- round fishing too!
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Stacy P.
May 3, 2014
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First of all, a HUGE thank you to Syl and her amazing review of this place - I absolutely would not have found it without her detailed instructions. She's...
Syl M.
May 31, 2013
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Just as the Dinosaurland tourist brochure mentioned, Moonshine Arch indeed is the area's best kept secret. Since all directions given are kind of vague...
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