Dinosaur National Monument straddles the Utah and Colorado border. Dinosaurs used to roam the area and in the park with deep canyons and gurgling rivers their remains have been preserved. The monument is one of the most unique American places to visit. But where to stay near Dinosaur National Monument for the best experience?
The Utah town Vernal offers very convenient Dinosaur National Monument lodging. In Vernal you find Dinosaur National Monument hotels just a short drive from the fascinating monument.
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Where to stay near Dinosaur National Monument, CO/UT
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Vernal, UT – Hotels near Dinosaur National Monument with the optimal access
There are no places to stay within Dinousar National Monument. But Vernal in Utah offers Dinosaur National Monument lodging just a short drive from the dinosaur experience.
Vernal is conveniently located to the west of Dinosaur National Monument. From Vernal it’s only 16 miles (26 km) to Dinosaur National Monument Quarry Visitor Center within the park. That’s where you find the dinosaur quarry packed with dinosaur fossils.
So from the hotels near Dinosaur National Monument in Vernal you easily get to the dinosaur experience. Compared to visitors who stay further away from the park you get a head start if you make Vernal your base.
The tiny towns Jensen in Utah and Dinosaur in Colorado also offer good park access. But the Dinosaur Monument lodging options in those towns are very limited.
Vernal is not by any means a large city but it has all the Dinosaur National Monument hotels and restaurants that you need for a comfortable time in the Utah and Colorado desert. In the city you find a mix of both big hotel chains and smaller local Dinosaur hotels.
In addition to the area’s Dinosaur National Monument you in Vernal also find Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum. The museum is very educational and a must if you’re interested in dinosaurs.
To sum up, the town Vernal offers the best places to stay near Dinosaur National Monument. In the well serviced gateway town you find Dinosaur National Monument lodging just a short drive from the dinosaur adventure.
- Driving distance: 16 mi / 26 km
- Driving time: ≈ 25 min
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Recommended hotels near Dinosaur National Monument
Springhill Suites by Marriott Vernal – Modern Dinosaur lodging with indoor pool and hot tub
Marriott in Vernal ticks every box for a great stay near Dinosaur National Monument. Within 30 minutes you get from the Dinosaur lodging to the park. And the Utah hotel has modern rooms and great amenities including indoor pool and hot tub. Marriott in Vernal is one of the very best places to stay near Dinosaur National Monument if you want the whole package.
Dinosaur Inn & Suites – Classic Dinosaur accommodation with outdoor swimming pool in Downtown Vernal
Dinosaur Inn & Suites is a classic place to stay when visiting Dinosaur National Monument. Its location in Downtown Vernal is extremely convenient just steps from restaurants and Utah Field House of Natural History State Museum. The inn near Dinosaur National Monument offers all the comfort you need and is something else than the big hotel chains.
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Where to stay near Dinosaur National Monument FAQ
Here you find the answers to some frequently asked questions about where to stay near Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado/Utah.
Vernal is the closest town that has a good selection of places to stay near Dinosaur National Monument. The tiny towns Jensen and Dinosaur are other options in the area but they offer a very limited selection of Dinosaur Monument lodging.
Vernal and the tiny Jensen are the closest towns on the Utah side of the park. Further east on the Colorado side the also tiny Dinosaur is the town closest to Dinosaur National Monument.
In just a few hours you can explore the famous dinosaur fossils at Quarry Exhibit Hall. But Dinosaur National Monument covers a vast area with much more to explore. So make sure that you add time for hiking, petroglyph sites and other park activities.