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Vernal might seem like it’s in the middle of nowhere, and that’s the point, hit the rapids on an unforgettable white water rafting trip and test your endurance with a week-long trek. Best of all, the scenery which envelopes the city is breathtaking – verdant hills, awe-inspiring canyons, and powerful rivers are but a few of the area’s impressive natural highlights.
Nature is what Vernal does best, with such stunning landmarks as the Steinaker State Park, a recreation area centred on a pretty lake and surrounded by stark Utah landscape.
If you’d rather learn about Vernal’s nature than be in it then the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum is probably for you. The comprehensive museum is home to extensive exhibits on the developments of humans, plants and animals in the region.
Luxury is not as much of a feature on Vernal’s accommodation landscape as is atmosphere. Most travelers to the city are seeking connection with the outdoors. Hence, in the outer areas visitors will find many lodges and cabins. In the city, guesthouses and cozy bed-and-breakfasts are the pick of the week.
There are, however, a few motels and hotels for visitors looking for something a bit more upscale but these are definitely not the most prolific of options.
Vernal is a prime location for a vacation in the area. The downtown area of the city boasts several arts and culture attractions while the city itself is nestled in immense surrounding natural beauty. The views of the Brook Cliffs and the Ashley Valley from many downtown hotels are simply breathtaking.
If it’s a connection with nature you’re after then Steinaker State Park is the place to be based. There aren’t as many hotels in Vernal as there are camp sites and spaces to park your RV. The tradeoff for roughing it – waterski adventures, extended fishing trips, midnight lake swims – sure is worth it, though.
Vernal’s own airport, Vernal Regional, is too small to handle international traffic and only operates domestically on some days of the week. Your best bet is to fly into Salt Lake City International Airport and make your way into Vernal from there.
Greyhound currently has several services between Vernal and such centers as Salt Lake City and Denver. If the local buses aren’t your fancy, hire a car and hit the road independently. It’s on the State HWY 40 between Salt Lake City and Denver.
All rates are per double room per night and exclude taxes and fees. They are subject to availability.