In the past month, we've visited Vernal twice. Once was on our way to Steamboat Hot Springs, CO and the other was to see the Dinah "Soar" Balloon Festival.
On our way through we stayed at the Microtel outside of town. We decided to get up early and hike to the Dinosaur Tracks near Red Fleet. Last year we hiked to the tracks but the water level was so high we couldn’t see that many. We woke our family up early to start the hike since it was August. Everyone wore their swimsuits on this hike, we were also planning on introducing the kids to cliff jumping!
Dinosaur Tracks Hike starts in the middle of the desert near Red Fleet State Park. You actually hike to Red Fleet State Park to see the tracks.
The trail is easy to follow with sand and slickrock paving the way. There’s some shade, but not a whole lot.
We parked #BAYMAXTHEVAN in the parking lot and started our trek. The sand there is super soft and since it was early, still fairly cool. Our kids are good hikers, but hiking is always better when you have an incentive.
The kids LOVED finding the dinosaur track markers (these were painted on rocks to show the way.)
Be sure to read the signage and DO NOT remove any of the rocks.
The kids couldn’t quite comprehend what the dino tracks would actually look like when we got there.
The kids LOVED seeing all the dinosaur tracks.
We rewarded the kids with some swimming and teaching them about cliff jumping.
The kids thought it was hilarious watching their dad jump from the top.
Each kid jumped or dipped their toes in the water. It was actually fairly warm.
After we dried off and had a snack and water, we started the trek back.
The hike back seemed longer than the hike there but it could be because it just got HOT.
Who knew a desert hike could lead to such a perfect place to swim and play?