Explore the most popular birding trails near Vernal with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

Such a fun hike! We had 3 kids ages 4-7 and then did great. Not well marked so make sure you do your research prior. So worth it.

on Moonshine Arch

hiking
5 days ago

Once you find the turn-off, there are very folksy little metal arrows that will point you the right way. When you get to parking, go through the green gate and go straight, after a few hundred feet look to your right for a footpath that will save you some sandy walking on the two track. Trail from that on is still mostly an OHV trail. If you miss the footpath, you'll eventually run into another dinky little metal sign with an arrow that'll still point you the right way. Great views from the ridge right above the arch, which you can access from the same trail.

hiking
6 days ago

The trail is relatively easy but long, almost 9 miles round trip. If you are not a nature lover, the hike itself is not very exciting. However, the view at the end is literally breathtaking and worth the trip.

Bring sturdy, comfortable shoes since the trail is surprisingly rocky. A hat and plenty of water is a must since there is no shade for virtually most of the trail. Trail path is easy to follow for the most part but you lose it right at the end. Also lots of cow pies on the path, so watch your step.

hiking
6 days ago

Very easy hike with beautiful scenery. Young children and animals should be watched closely and caution used when climbing near the arch. Loose sand can cause some slipping.

hiking
6 days ago

Our family loved this hike! We walked to the waterfall then to the river and back for a total of nearly 9 miles with a 9 and 12 year old who hike occasionally. Not a difficult trail and saw lots of wildlife! A herd of Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep, some deer, lizards, etc.
The views were amazing!
The petroglyphs were very near the main trail and easy to find.
The trail is nicely shaded most of the time.
Easiest way to get there is 500 North in Vernal - just follow the road east. Simple!

hiking
14 days ago

This hike was so great with kids. It was easy and the sand under the arch provided lots of entertainment for the littles that were with us.
The directions made us feel a little bit like we were going the wrong direction but it worked out just fine. Recommend a larger vehicle for the road, but cars could do it. Enjoy!

hiking
14 days ago

A little hard to find, but look for mile marker #359. There, you will see a off-road dirt road to your left. If you drive about 3/4ths of a mile you will see the sign for the hike in a crossroad. To find the parking area you will have to go left for about 1.5 miles.

Great hike! Trail was a little difficult to follow in the beginning as it winds in and out of a creek/waterway. Trail offered beautiful views. Started out around 6pm and caught the setting sun in a lot of photos.

Loved this hike. Not much of an elevation gain so its easy to keep on moving. View at the end is stunning, sat there for 2 hrs.

short, Sandy, fun arch to climb.

1 month ago

Great hike don’t use google maps takes you to wrong place with a sign that’s says not way to moonshine arch. The correct road is on 191 you go north from vernal to mile marker 359 the 4 illuminator posts there is a road on the left take it then signs from there on to trial head at turn around. We were glad we went.

did this in the evening in april. we shared the trail with a handful of deer and wild life. my girls (9, 5, 4) loved it. beautiful.

Very cool. the trail is a bit rough, up and over a few boulders and slick in a few spots. totally worth it

1 month ago

nice arch. trail is actually an atv/jeep trail. was crowded when we went. lots of people marking the rock with charcoal. the trail head directions linked from here to google maps are wrong. turn off is 1 mile past the stienaker reservior. follow the signs. park at the large green gate

Great hike, take an hour, take two. A short steep climb then small ups and downs. Wonderful petroglyphs to be found. Including a fantastic panel that if you are walking north, sneaks up on you around a bend in the trail. Walk slowly and be amazed at what is to be seen. Did the hike with a 9, 11, and 13 year old. No problem.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike over the weekend ,it’s the second time, still as fun and beautiful as the first time. Usually there are other hikers but the trail is wide enough to pass, also the incline killed my husband, he hates hiking but honestly it’s really not that bad. Very easy in and out hike and something fun for the family or by yourself! I recommend it and think you’ll love it just as much as I do!

mild walk, no elevation change. dog friendly and beautiful Petroglyphs everywhere

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is not 7.8 miles as listed here nor 8 miles as listed on the description in the park. I clocked it at 8.7 roundtrip. The trail itself is uneventful until the very end, the view is AMAZING. There is zero shade until the last 2/3 of the trail as you descend slightly into juniper forest. Solitude is guaranteed. Easily the best trail in Dinosaur.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy out and back day hike from the fish hatchery to the waterfall. Water is plentiful for filtering, but very cold for swimming. There really aren't swimming holes along the trail, but easy to dunk your body in the heat of the summer. We have seen bighorn sheep along the trail. Ride to the trail up Diamond Mountain is fantastic. Facilities at the trailhead including picnic tables and some sparse shade. Great place for a fly rod if you can make short casts.

Hiked this in early October 2017. I met one other couple during the entire hike! The hour drive from Vernal to the fish Hatchery trail head is a beautiful trip in itself.

There is one older composting toilet about 1.5 miles into the trail along with a couple of picnic tables. Otherwise I did not see any other facilities along the way. Use the public restroom to the northwest of the visitor parking lot before heading out.

Trail is consistently dirt until the sandy beach at the edge of the Green river. Well marked in all of the right places with mostly flat terrain. Came across some mule deer and several different birds, but did not see big horn sheep.

8 months ago

Amazing!! Road and trail are not well marked, so I uploaded pictures to follow, but wow when you get there it's SOOO worth it! No one else was there, it was private and just incredible. May or may not have encountered a puma...but just keep an eye out while hiking

8 months ago

Great little hike, and road to trailhead is excellent. Easy access with a 2 wheel drive car.

Easy hike that leads to an amazing site!

trail running
8 months ago

Very nice trail, Just nice and easy along the river and the road. If you want to see the flukes but don't want to run 14-17 miles just drive up the road until the fork, take the left fork and there's access to the trail about 1.5 miles from the flumes.

Beautiful hike. Lots of shaded areas. Be sure to bring a camera. Some of the large rocks on the hike even have fossils visible on the top.

This is a great hike to start a day! Absolutely beautiful in the morning when the sun is just coming up.
Trailhead and trail are not marked, and can be difficult to find, but that makes this hike great because it is not crowded.

Great Hike! Brought my daughter and we had a great time. I also recommend the Three Kings Hike!

A hot tiring tails, but not too long that kids can make it, with a little encouragement. Took a 4,5,7 year old, and while we had lots of water breaks (bring lots!), they were able to keep going. Lots of hills.

Great place to take people that can't or don't want to walk far amazing petroglyphs I'd recommend not touching the petroglyphs because the oils on your fingers can wear out the petroglyphs the have waters tshirts and pop all on a trust system

10 months ago

Not really hard, lots of tree cover.

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