Vernal is the county seat of Uintah County. This welcoming community has an impressive resume; it has spectacular scenery, ancient rock formations, Fremont Indian art, and access to outdoor recreation. But it’s most famous for having the largest quarry of prehistoric Jurassic dinosaur bones. And since Dinosaur National Monument is just minutes from downtown Vernal, it’s no wonder visitors are welcomed to town by Dina the Pink Dinosaur. This 40 foot tall pink dinosaur is a local landmark that will bring a smile to your dog’s face!
It’s no secret that dogs and parks are a match made in heaven. So grab the leash and head over to Independence Park. Besides a pawsome playground, this park has a nice patch of open lawn for your pooch to sniff around. You and your pooch should also pay a visit to Freestone Legacy Walking Park. This park’s name says it all; it’s completely dedicated to walking, and your pup will love it! Several paved pathways weave throughout the park, so let your furry BFF create their own route. There’s even a little stream for added beauty.
With three veterinary clinics, furrific parks, and friendly faces, this town is sure to make your pup’s tail wag!
Ashley Valley Community Park is one park your pup won’t want to miss! It’s chock full of amenities that four legged and two legged park visitors enjoy. Bring the whole pack and play a game of horseshoes or volleyball, then have a picnic at the pavilion. After dinner, take your pooch for a walk around the paved walking path. A few times around will give them a nice workout. If they’d rather just wander around, the large open grass area has plenty of room to roam. While having fun, don’t forget to pick up after your pup and make sure they get a long cold drink!
If you and your pooch need a place to stay while in Vernal, you’ll have plenty of pawsome options. Sage Motel welcomes four legged visitors for just a small fee. Your doggo can get some R and R in one of their comfortable rooms. Since pet friendly rooms are limited, be sure to call in advance to make your reservation. For a nominal fee, Econo Lodge Downtown Vernal also welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes. Not only will your pooch get a good night’s sleep, you will get a free continental breakfast. If you’re travelling on a budget, spend a night or two at Motel 6. This furrific place doesn’t charge a pet fee!
If your pooch is craving some adventure, head north to Steinaker Lake State Park. Just 15 minutes from downtown Vernal, this beautiful park is surrounded by colorful hills, juniper trees and sagebrush. Steinaker Lake itself is known for trout fishing and also attracts boaters and swimmers. While dogs aren’t allowed on developed beaches, they are welcome to enjoy the park’s pawsome trails. Eagle Ridge Trail is three miles round trip and leads you to the top of a ridge. It is steep in places, but your furry friend will absolutely love the sweeping views from the top! For something a bit easier, follow the dirt roads that wind through the park. Be sure to bring water, since there isn't much shade.
Looking for a new place to walk your dog? Grab the leash and head over to Naples Park. Located in the neighboring community of Naples, this furrific park is just 5 minutes from Vernal. Your doggo will absolutely love trotting around the paved walking path. They’ll get a great workout and also get a chance to mix with the locals. If your pup loves feeling grass beneath their paws, wander around the open lawn area or hang out under one of the shade trees. This pawsome park also has horseshoe pits, ball fields, a playground, and a splash pad. No bones about it, this park will make your pup’s tail wag!
If you drive 15 minutes southeast of Vernal you’ll come to the small community of Jensen. This place has a puptastic park that your doggo will have a ball exploring. Not only does is there a large grass area for your pooch to scamper around, there is also a walking path that follows the park’s perimeter. Take a brisk stroll around the trail to get your furry friend’s heart rate pumping or just let them wander around the lawn at their own pace. Either way, they’ll love being out in the sunshine. If you have two legged children in tow, check out the playground, horseshoe pits, or basketball court.