Explore the most popular trail running 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.

on Ruple Point Trail

1 day ago

While the trail to get there is uneventful, the view at the end is ridiculously awesome. The trail is exposed, but barely any incline.

Pleasant hike. Please don’t damage the footprints!

Do the sound of silence (hang a left when the trail splits) and go on river beds and in narrow drainages before ascending to a gorgeous view. Then keep left for the connector trail. Enjoy the natural splendor.

Thoroughly pleasant. Recommend tying in would the sound of silence trail (desert voices second)

The trail actually goes further than this map shows. Go to the end for an amazing view! Total length = 9 miles, with mile 4-5 being somewhat steep and in trees!

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!

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!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun, some nice views. Very much high desert. I did the whole hike in about 4 hours, ground hogs and giant Turkey Vultures.

trail running
2 months 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.

Hiked with Matt Tomlinson. Nice, well maintained trail. We watched a storm roll in.

This trail connects up with the slightly more scenic Sounds of Silence trail, which has its own reviews on the AllTrails website. If you do both loops, it will be a not terribly strenuous 5.5 miles. I did the loop using the connector from the Sounds of Silence trail and did not go all the way down to the Split Mountain Campground. Very well maintained and marked trail with many informational signs posted along the way, most of which suggest that conservation and protecting the wilderness is a good thing. I'm down with that.

hiking
2 months ago

If you are in the Vernal area and don't do this hike, you are missing out big time. Very well marked and maintained trail, with an interpretive guide available. The trailhead is clearly marked down the road from the Dinosaur National Monument visitor center. You can do a double loop with the Desert Voices trail using the 0.35 mile connector trail, which is clearly marked. If you do that, it will be 5.5 miles total. The scenery is wonderful. At interpretive marker 14 there is an option to climb up the rock if you are feeling adventurous. It is steep, but if you are wearing any kind of halfway decent shoes (no roller skates), you can make it. The one warning is that there is no shade, so I wouldn't do it midday in the summer.

hiking
3 months 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.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely wonderful trail! If you do it clockwise it starts out walking down a dried up river channel and moves into more difficult terrain once you start going up the dirt canyons! If you're with a family you could do this first half but I would turn around here as the next few kilometers are challenging and not good for kids or inexperienced hikers. You do quite a bit of bouldering and the the trail gets really steep in some places! All the unique terrain in 3.5 miles makes this hike awesome! It would be very hot in warmer months, definitely bring water, sunscreen, and maybe a hat! Parking lot is pretty small and there aren't any trailhead facilities but there are some at the centers! It does cost $20 to get into the park however but it's worth it because there's so much more to explore!

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.

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!

hiking
6 months ago

beautiful hike theough so many different mini ecosystems. went from red clay to bouldering to sand. great opportunities to climb megaliths for spectacular views. very clean trail.

hiking
9 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.

trail running
11 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.

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

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

We started this hike around 6 am. This was a beautiful hike...especially early in the morning. Loved all the red rock and the diversity in the trail as we hiked. Saw evidence of big horns, but no actual animals. There was minimal shade. I cant imagine doing this during the heat of the day. Highly recommend!

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My husband and I did this trail toward the end of the day, and we saw like 2 more people. It was stunning. Great views, and the informational plaques were actually pretty cool and inspiring. It seems longer than 3 miles depending on when you do it.

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.

trail running
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ran this midday and it was pretty hot, but generally runable. Lots of terrain change from the river, to the dirt mounds to the up and downs of the bag before the big boulders at the end where you get the best views. Climbing fown the rock side was unique.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Not really hard, lots of tree cover.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Somewhat uneventful hike until you near the point. More like a 4.5/5 for this reason. Solitude and views from the point make it well worth it though. I plan to return to the area some day and I will be doing this hike a second time.

Did this trail with my 2 and 4 year old. There isn't much shade but overall it was a great trail for the little ones and very pretty

on Sound of Silence Trail

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Close to 3.5 miles in total. Pretty easy. Can be hot. Bring water. Fine views and landscape changes. We saw a snake.

But If you have been to Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands or Arches, you might not rate this trail very high.

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