Vernal, UT is definitely Dinosaur Country. The proof is all over town.
The reason is nearby Dinosaur National Monument, which contains a huge dinosaur quarry which has been protected. This femur bone from a Diplodocus, one of the few removed from the quarry, is over 6-ft high.
The whole dinosaur was probably 115-ft long.
When I was here years ago, the Visitor's Center, shown here at the top of the photo, showed an incredible wall of half-unearthed bones. Unfortunately, it has been closed due to extreme foundation movement, and is slated for demolition. In a year or two, the wall will again be visible.
In the meantime, you can walk to a ranger-led exhibit where you can see various bones in the side of a hill, such as this leg bone.
Also nearby are these petroglyphs that look like aliens from outer space.
And about a half-mile away are these unusual petroglyphs/pictographs that were both pecked and painted. All the petroglyphs in the area are about a thousand years old.
After Vernal, I headed up to Grand Teton National Park. I've been here before, but never felt that I fully experienced the park. Before I even got to Gros Ventre campground on the southern end of the park, I saw this large herd of buffalo right by the road. Wow!
That was easy! I can't wait to see what else I can find.