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Red Fleet

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Red Fleet State Park in Vernal, Utah has a beautiful reservoir surrounded by stunning red rocks, dinosaur tracks, and more.

Directions

Red Fleet State Park is about 15 minutes north of Vernal on the east side of US-191. It is only 8 minutes from Moonshine Arch Trailhead and 12 minutes from Steinaker Reservoir.

Red Fleet Name and Geology

Red Fleet got its name from the Navajo rock formations on the north side of the lake that look like three large ships about to launch into the water.

Part way around the lake on the north side and is an outcropping. It’s not really a cave, but kind of a tiny one. This is also a safe place for cliff diving.

This is a popular nesting spot for cliff swallows!

It is also a cool place to kayak!

Dinosaur Trackways

Just east of the outcropping, there are actually several hundred dinosaur tracks, but some are hard to distinguish. There are at least two species, Grallator and Eubrontes, a carnivore and herbivore that lived about 200 million years ago. The tracks can be seen by hiking the 1.7 mile Dinosaur Trackway hike.

The trackways (at least three tracks in succession) are actually on the shore of Red Fleet Reservoir, so you can also get to them from the water on a kayak or paddle board.

The signs show you where they are.

For more details see this post.

Recreation

Red Fleet is stocked for fishing with rainbow trout, bluegill, sunfish, and largemouth bass. It has boat ramps for ski boats that are currently under renovation with plans to open for the 2024 season. There are also campsites at Red Fleet. We loved paddle boarding and kayaking!

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Permits needed – $10/vehicle day use or Utah State Parks Pass
Pets allowed – Yes

Other nearby attractions are Moonshine Arch, McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs, Fantasy Canyon, Steinaker Reservoir, Flaming Gorge, and the Green River.

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