Guidebook

Pedaling with the Dinosaurs: Riding Vernal, Utah

Get tips on the best riding—mainly mountain biking, with a dash of road biking mixed in—near Dinosaur National Monument.

Description

If you tell people that you're going riding in Vernal, Utah, most will look at you with a blank stare and ask, "where's that?"

But if you respond and say, "oh, it's right next to Dinosaur National Monument," suddenly the lights go on.

"The dinosaur fossil beds (bone beds) were discovered in 1909 by Earl Douglass, a paleontologist working and collecting for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History," according to Wikipedia. The area was designated as a national monument in 1915, and today Dinosaur National Monument is renowned as one of the best places in the world to see dinosaur fossils that are still embedded in the rock.

Unfortunately for Vernal, Dinosaur National Monument will never have the appeal of nearby national parks like Arches. In an attempt to increase its tourism draw, Vernal is working hard to attract outdoor enthusiasts, such as mountain bikers.

Included in this guidebook are all of the best mountain bike trails near Vernal. From the high-quality singletrack at Red Fleet, to the expansive network of desert riding at McCoy Flats, and finally the lesser-known but very-flow trails of Lapoint, you can easily fill a week of entertaining riding in the region!

And of course, you should definitely pack the road bike and use it to experience Dinosaur National Monument itself. Leave the car behind and soak in the prehistoric history from the saddle of your bicycle!

Red Fleet Loop
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Red Fleet Loop

12.1 km
364 m
365 m
The highest quality singletrack in the Vernal area.
Difficult
Private
Dinosaur National Monument
The best Adventures on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Dinosaur National Monument

79.0 km
911 m
911 m
Explore the land of ancient dinosaurs on your road bike.
Moderate
Private
Serendipty - Jackalope Double Loop
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Serendipty - Jackalope Double Loop

24.6 km
612 m
612 m
A fantastic double loop with blazing-fast descents and stunning scenery.
Moderate
Private
McCoy Flats Tech Ride
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McCoy Flats Tech Ride

21.6 km
412 m
412 m
Explore the most challenging trails at McCoy Flats
Difficult
Private
Got Milk? -> Retail Sale Loop
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Got Milk? -> Retail Sale Loop

17.0 km
262 m
262 m
Leave the crowds in Fruita behind and find your flow at McCoy Flats!
Moderate
Private
Lapoint Trails
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Lapoint Trails

25.2 km
414 m
414 m
Fast, flowy desert singletrack. If these trails were in Fruita, they'd be all the rage!
Easy
Private