Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum

The Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum is a place where you can explore exhibits detailing more geological history than even the Grand Canyon displays. This museum is in the heart of most of the biggest discoveries in regard to prehistory and prehistoric life-forms on Earth. Nearly every other dinosaur museum on the planet has exhibits composed of materials that were found within an 80-mile radius of Vernal, Utah. The Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum is the virtual mother lode of all things "dinosaur." The Museum is a 22,000-square-foot building built to preserve and exhibit a large amount of the wealth of prehistory that has been discovered all across the Uinta Basin.

On the grounds of the Museum is the Dinosaur Garden: a "zoo" filled with 17 full-size replicas of creatures like Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Pteranodon, Triceratops, Ceolophysis and others. Inside the Museum you'll find displays covering almost 3 billion years of Earth's history as revealed in the rocks and fossils found in this area. Some of the elements on display are fossilized algae from more than 600 million years ago. But the displays don't stop with the demise of the dinosaurs: there's also displays of fossilized highly advanced mammals. In the anthropology hall you'll find examples of ancient Native American life in the Uintas, everything from the Fremont people (700 CE to about 1250 CE) to the more recent Utes. There's something here for just about everyone.

The Park is open year round from 9 AM to 5 PM daily, and from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 8 AM to 7 PM daily. The Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum is located within the Vernal city limits.

A Stegosaurus in the yard at the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum
Stegosaurus in the yard at the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum
Stegosaurus skeleton at Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum
Reconstructed stegosaurus skeleton at Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum
Top photo courtesy of TheArmchairExplorer, CCA-by-SA 3.0 License
Stegosaurus photo courtesy of Antonio Cavallo
Lower photo courtesy of Phil Konstantin
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