Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

This was a fun, sandy trail. Lots of rocks for kids to jump around without my fear of plummeting (as many other local hikes have steep cliffs!). The end was really cool, identifying the dinosaur tracks...but the biggest tip...the end comes out on the shores of the reservoir! WEAR YOUR BATHING SUITS for a quick dip! There was a group already there when we arrived that was jumping in and having a great time washing off the sweat from the hike in, and my kids were completely bummed not to have their bathing suits! None of my reading material mentioned swimming or even water located at the end of the hike! So, FYI!

walking
17 days ago

This place was absolutely amazing! One of the reasons we went to Vernal in the first place. Took us about an hour to get there from Vernal but totally worth it.
The sandstone structures that were created completely by nature were absolutely breathtaking. There are markers to help you find specific formations that have been named, but it looked like some of them had been broken. Not sure if this was from vandalism or natural causes.
There was a restroom out there, but I don't know if it's open all the time or just in the summer. It was open when we went.
I would definitely recommend this hike to anyone who doesn't mind the drive. Worth it!

A mini sized version of Goblin Valley. Fun place to see but kind of a drive. We spent less than an hour here. I bet this place would be incredible during a sunset.

We chose this as our first family hike with our four kids ages 3-10. We had a blast! Very few rough places, and the end point was breathtaking! The kids loved the painted dinosaur footprints that mark the path, and seeing the real dino tracks at the end was pretty incredible!

trail running
1 month ago

Such a fun trail! I’d rate it more moderate for trail running due to the slick rocks and sand but it would definitely be an easy hike. Absolutely gorgeous views and lead to the reservoir where you can jump in to cool off and then look for the dinosaur tracks. Would be really fun to take kids on this hike.

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

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.

Delightful. There is a trail guide that corresponds with numbered posts. There is a sign at the end that points out where the dinosaur tracks are. There is little shade and it’s uphill on the way out so keep that in mind. Did it on a Monday afternoon in October and didn’t see another soul. It was perfect out!

Great drive. Varied landscape. Leads to many hike opportunities. Did in my many trips to Salt Lake. Each year I would new routes off of the interstate.

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

Stunning views. You can't see many tracks anymore but it is still well worth the hike.

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

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

walking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

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

This is a really good family hike.
Ages 12, 9, 6 and 4 was all able to do this hike without a problem.

hiking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Little kids might have a hard time getting over a few of the boulders/steps but for the most part, it's an easy great hike/walk for all. My three year old did most of it on her own with me assisting in just a few spots. Unless you really like to study the petroglyphs, it's easily under an hour. The second walk called three kings is also nice. Be aware that you walk across a large pasture before hitting the trail. It's flatter and shorter than the other trail but with the time through the pasture it felt almost the same. The three kings trail offers some nice views of rock formations.

scenic driving
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wonderful drive through beautiful country. Flaming George is awsome

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

one of my faves

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Pretty cool petroglyph. Trail is pretty good too.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Great. Do it yourself state park!

hiking
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Super easy hike. Definitely not 4 miles. Leave the 5 dollar donation, borrow a walking stick and walk on up to the petroglyphs. It is a verrrry short hike. I'd imagine its doable by any and all. :)

Man. This is some fun stuff. The hike up is definitely moderate. Lots of loose rock/gravel and some steep edges. The trail is well marked. The petroglyphs are labeled and easy to see. Just panel after panel of work. Don't be a turd - leave the $5 donation.

My husband and I decided that "Doug" and "Greg" were the guys in charge of the tribe scratchings a few thousand years ago. Doug was really into swirly circles, and Greg preferred plain circles or circles around people's bellies. They both liked designing the jewelry, but had a major falling out when deciding how to depict the high-profile scene. Doug thought the bear needed scarier paws, but Greg was really into his "animal teeth" phase. Only one of them survived work that day. I'll let you decide who after you hike the trail.

^^^ none of that is historical fact, but we DID see a scary snake. So watch out for that.

hiking
Monday, May 23, 2016

We took this trip not really expecting much. We were so wrong. This place is pretty neat. You do have to actually hike/climb to see the Petroglyphs but the trails are short and worth it. One suggestion do not trust MapQuest for directions. We went on a wild goose chase with our phones and MapQuest directions.

hiking
Monday, May 02, 2016

Loved this hike!!! My kids 19 & 12 yrs old loved trying to find the petroglyphs. We could not believe how many were right there in front of you

fishing
Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Fished for Bluegill and Bass years ago.Supposed to have some of the biggest bluegill in the state when I fished it

hiking
Sunday, May 31, 2015

Great hike! We decided to run it and found it to be a great workout. We also included the 3 Kings trail and together it was over 5 miles. Great views! We plan on going again.

Most amazing petroglyphs I have seen yet. Met the ranch family owners today they were mending the fence line. Great friendly people. Absolutely worth the time, drive, hike it was beautiful.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

So glad the property owner preserved it! Awesome! Worth the trip. Be ready to climb a little. The owner is very nice and gave us a tour.

hiking
Sunday, April 28, 2013

Awesome petroglyphs! Ranch is actually a few yards further then the map says.. But it gets you in the general direction. Was easy with little kids and dog, great hike!

camping
Saturday, January 14, 2012

I did this one on horseback. Wonderful scenery. One location enabled us to see into Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and of course Utah, from the same point. We rode from Hwy 191 at McKee Draw to the Summit of Leidy Peak. We spent six days covering the distance.

birding
Saturday, January 14, 2012

Excellent birding. Plan to eat at the Pelican Lake Cafe. Superior food!

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