Introduction to Vernal, Utah

Vernal, Utah, in Uintah county, is located 113 miles E of Provo, Utah (center to center) and is 245 miles W of Denver, Colorado. There are 7,714 residents in the city.

Vernal History

Vernal originally served as hunting grounds for the Native Americans. The area was first settled on June 6, 1878 by David Johnston and his family. At that time, it was known as the Bench. The other early settlers include Alva Hatch, his father Jeremiah Hatch, and their families. The Vernal post office was established in the late 1800s. It was incorporated in1897. Vernal had the first oil boom in 1948. The city is the county seat of Uintah County, which was founded in 1880.

Vernal and nearby Attractions

  • Thorne Museum and Studio
  • Western Heritage Museum
  • Wild Waters
  • Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum
  • Red Fleet State Park
  • Dinosaur National Monument

Things To Do In Vernal

While staying in Vernal one can pay a visit to the Dinosaur National Monument, Western Heritage Museum, Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, and Thorne Museum and Studio. The Red Fleet State Park, Steinaker State Park, and Utah Field House of Natural History State Park are also nearby. The city is home to many churches such as the Kingsbury Community Church, Vernal Christian Church, Assembly of God Church, and Saint James Catholic Church. It also hosts the Uintah County Fair every year in the month of August.

Vernal Transportation

Rock Springs - Sweetwater County Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Vernal Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued through Mesa State College, Brigham Young University, and Utah Valley State College.


Total Population 9,882
Male Share of the Population 51.6%
Female Share of the Population 48.4%
Senior Citizens 10.5%
Employed Population 16+ 4,401
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 54.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.5%
Median Earnings25+ $32,772
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,447
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,631


Median Family Income $57,140
% Above Poverty Level 82.6%
% Below Poverty Level 17.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 24.6%
Median Gross Rent $916
Median House Value $176,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.1%
US/American 0%
English 15.7%
Irish 5.8%

Vernal Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 113 miles E of Provo, Utah (center to center)
Nearest Large City 245 miles W of Denver, Colorado
County Uintah
Standard Zip Codes 84078
P.O. Box Zip Codes 84079
Phone Area Codes 435
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.455
Longitude -109.528

Vernal Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 63 F
Jul Temp 53 to 90 F
Oct Temp 32 to 63 F
Annual Precip 8.7 inches
Station MAESER 9 NW
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 33 F
Apr Temp 31 to 57 F
Jul Temp 54 to 84 F
Oct Temp 34 to 60 F
Annual Precip 14 inches
Distance 26 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 30 F
Apr Temp 30 to 65 F
Jul Temp 51 to 91 F
Oct Temp 30 to 65 F
Annual Precip 7.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Vernal, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Dry Fork (84078)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Naples 2,147 $79,605

Vernal Public Libraries

Uintah County Library
Vernal, Utah
(435) 789-0091
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Vernal Hospitals

151 WEST 200 NORTH
(435) 789-3342
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 19

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