January 22, 2018

Vernal, Utah

Life in Vernal, Utah, explained by people who’ve lived in Vernal:



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Vernal Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Vernal?

  • The mountains. (Kelle, 1 year)
  • The outdoor activities. (Hillary, 5 years)
  • Soda shack. (Dreyton, 16 years)
  • It’s small and peaceful. (Kevin, 22 years)
  • I like to go from desert to mountain in a 30 minute drive, not to mention river, reservoirs and lakes. (Clinton, 35 years)
  • Great outdoors. (Mary, 50 years)

Vernal Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Vernal?

  • The cold. (Kelle, 1 year)
  • The lack of good shopping/restaurants. (Hillary, 5 years)
  • There’s nothing to do!!! (Dreyton, 16 years)
  • There literally nothing to do. (Kevin, 22 years)
  • How dependant we are on the oil field, and how oil field wages inflate costs. (Clinton, 35 years)
  • The prejudices people have against non-LDS people. (Mary, 50 years)

Vernal Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Vernal?

  • 4 wheelers, hiking. (Kelle, 1 year)
  • Hiking, camping, fishing. (Hillary, 5 years)
  • Go to the lake. (Dreyton, 16 years)
  • Outdoor stuff. (Kevin, 22 years)
  • Camping, fishing and hunting, my family loves the rec center. (Clinton, 35 years)
  • Rec center, hiking, fishing. (Mary, 50 years)

Vernal’s Reputation

What’s Vernal known for?

  • Beautiful town. (Kelle, 1 year)
  • Dinosaurs. (Hillary, 5 years)
  • Dinosaur bones, I guess. (Dreyton, 16 years)
  • Dinosaurs and oilfield. (Kevin, 22 years)
  • Dinosaurs. (Clinton, 35 years)
  • Dinosaurs. (Mary, 50 years)

Vernal Crime

What’s the crime like in Vernal? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • None that I’m aware of. (Kelle, 1 year)
  • Some drugs, small crimes. (Hillary, 5 years)
  • Pretty low other than drugs. (Kevin, 22 years)
  • Not too bad if you lock car doors in big parking lots. (Clinton, 35 years)

Vernal Advice

Any advice for people moving to Vernal?

  • You will love it. (Kelle, 1 year)
  • It takes time to make friends, but you will love the area. (Hillary, 5 years)
  • Don’t! (Dreyton, 16 years)
  • Be ready to be bored a lot. (Kevin, 22 years)
  • Don’t expect anything to cost as little as it does on the Wasatch Front. (Clinton, 35 years)
  • Be ready to not be accepted for a while if you’re not LDS. (Mary, 50 years)

Vernal Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Vernal (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • Camping in the mountains. (Kelle, 1 year)
  • Red Fleet is one of our family’s favorite spots to play. (Hillary, 5 years)
  • Cliff jumping at the lakes. (Dreyton, 16 years)

Vernal’s Future

How do you think Vernal will change over the next 10 years?

  • I hope not. (Kelle, 1 year)
  • Vernal will grow. (Hillary, 5 years)
  • I think it may get better, but you never know. (Dreyton, 16 years)
  • It will get bigger. (Kevin, 22 years)
  • It will grow faster than its resources, especially water. The piping of canals will kill of many of the trees, although the fields with water rights will be greener. I don’t anticipate any increase in the number of water shares, even though so much less will be wasted in abandoned areas. If the weather continues to get hotter and dryer there will be water rationing in the summers, more efficient ground cover will be needed. (Clinton, 35 years)

Vernal Facts

Any other interesting facts about Vernal?

  • The people here are very hospitable. (Kelle, 1 year)
  • It’s super boring. (Dreyton, 16 years)
  • Vernal means spring. Our high school drama program needs some sort of oversight, since each participant is expected to sell over $400 in tickets, or make up the difference. Where does this money go? Stage crew has had to work over 12 hours in a single day before, there are no policies to prevent this. We now have a live theater on main street that I patronize instead. That makes $30 a show the high school is missing out on. I’m not the only one… (Clinton, 35 years)