Steinaker State Park RV & Campground Guide
Stretching along the shores of the Steinaker Reservoir in remote northeastern Utah, Steinaker State Park is a beautiful oasis surrounded by rugged hills. With more than 800 acres of clean, cool water, this is a haven for fishing and water sports. You can enjoy high-speed boating or glide silently along the shore with a kayak or paddleboard. The fun is just getting started after the winter freeze; that’s when ice skating and ice fishing get into full swing. Although it feels isolated, the park is just eight miles from Vernal, Utah, and 40 miles from Dinosaur, Colorado.
Spring 32-72 F
Summer 55-89 F
Fall 33-62 F
Winter 8-37 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Steinaker State Park
Whether you’re coming in for a few days or using Steinaker State Park as a base camp to explore Dinosaurland, your RV helps you stay comfortable in the intense Utah weather. If you’re not yet an RV owner, why not consider an RV rental? With RVshare, you can find a range of models and sizes.
Steinaker State Park Campground
With 31 sites, the Steinaker State Park Campground makes a quiet, laid-back getaway. All sites welcome tents and RVs but be sure to book one of the full-hookup sites to keep your RV running at full capacity. Electric-only sites are also available. With bathrooms, a comfort station, and a dump station, you’ll have everything you need within walking distance. Make sure to pay close attention to the site length as some spots can only accommodate models up to 25 feet long. Full hookup sites are $30 per night, and partial-hookup sites start at $23 per night.
Vernal / Dinosaurland KOA
The Vernal / Dinosaurland KOA is one of the most popular campgrounds in the area, and for good reason; it offers a huge variety of amenities. Use the Kamping Kitchen, swim in the pool, or play a round of mini-golf. RV sites come with free hookups, Wi-Fi service, and cable TV. With large sites up to 80 feet long, the KOA is an excellent spot if you’re driving a big rig. On-site, you’ll find both firewood and propane for sale. Before you head out, take advantage of the dump station. Planning to explore the local area? You can even rent an off-road vehicle or a UTV on-site. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay at least $47 per night during the high season. Make sure to check the length and width of each site to ensure that it can accommodate your RV and slide-outs.
Fossil Valley RV Park
Enjoy the tall shade trees at Fossil Valley RV Park, which offers 70 spacious sites. All campsites are pull-through for fast parking, and you can choose between 60-foot and 80-foot sizes. Every site includes full hookups, 22 TV channels, Wi-Fi, and picnic tables. If you want to spread out, head to the clean bathrooms and shower areas. After a few days of adventuring in the Utah wilderness, the laundry room is a handy perk. This campground is located in Vernal, so you’re close to all of the local restaurants and entertainment. Rates start at $41 per night for an electric-only site and go up to $49 per night for a full-hookup spot. If you’re staying for a week, the seventh day is free.
Outlaw Trail RV Park
Outlaw Trail RV Park sits about 20 miles from Steinaker State Park. It’s right next to Highway 40, making it an ideal spot to explore all of the local wilderness areas. Book a pull-through or back-in site, each with full hookups. Coin-operated showers and laundry machines help you clean up, and the park playground keeps your little ones entertained. The best part, however, is the view; this campground offers breathtaking cliff vistas. Nightly rates range from $35 to $38.
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What to Do at
Steinaker State Park
Inside Steinaker State Park
The brilliant blue Steinaker Reservoir is the hub of activity in Steinaker State Park. There’s plenty to do here, no matter what your style is. Relax in the sun and swim from the beaches, or bring your kayak and spend an afternoon checking out the far reaches of the lake. If you’re feeling the need for speed, launch your motorboat or Jet Ski from the boat ramp; this long lake gives you plenty of room for water-skiing. When you’re looking for views, put on some sturdy hiking boots and explore the rocky cliffs and hills around the lake.
Outside Steinaker State Park
Steinaker State Park sits in the center of Utah’s famed Dinosaurland, the region around Vernal that’s known for its unusually high concentration of dinosaur fossils. It’s also packed with wild, stunning landscapes just waiting to be explored. If you’re looking for creature comforts, tiny Vernal is your best bet.
One of the closest restaurants to the park, Don Pedro's offers a full menu of traditional Mexican meals. There’s also a kids’ menu for convenience.
Location: 3340 N Vernal Ave, Vernal, UT 84078
The Sloppy Pig
Leave plenty of room when you come to The Sloppy Pig. With its huge portions and indulgent barbecue fare, this friendly spot ensures you won’t leave hungry.
Location: 2571 W 500 N, Vernal, UT 84078
It’s all about the meat at Swain Brothers; carnivores love the burgers, prime rib, and signature steaks. There’s also a small selection of salads, seafood, and pasta.
Location: 1684 US-40, Vernal, UT 84078
Shop for souvenirs and local treats at Country Bear, a small gift shop on the main drag in Vernal.
Location: 61 E Main St, Vernal, UT 84078
With a selection of clothing and craft stores, Vernal Towne Center is a great spot for browsing.
Location: 2085 W. Highway 40, Vernal, UT 84078
The Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area covers a large piece of land about 45 miles north of Steinaker State Park. This remarkable area features 91 miles of rivers and reservoirs, world-class canyon hiking, rafting, fishing, and some of the most exciting mountain biking in the state.
Location: Red Canyon, Utah
Just 25 miles east of the park, Dinosaur National Monument is one of the most thrilling spots for dino fans. See the traces left by the ancient creatures that once lived in the wild hills, and check out the petroglyphs that were created by indigenous people. This enormous spot also offers hiking, rafting, and excellent ranger-led programs.
Location: Jensen, Utah
One of the most exciting ways to see the landscape around Steinaker State Park is from the water. Take a float or whitewater rafting trip with a company like Dinosaur River Explorations, and you’ll get a rare view of soaring canyons and untouched cliffs. Choose from short day trips or longer excursions. The company also offers hiking tours.
Location: Vernal, Utah
Start your trip off with a stop at the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum. This well-curated spot focuses on the remarkable geology and inhabitants of the region. With its interactive exhibits and excellent dinosaur displays, it’s particularly interesting for kids.
Location: Vernal, Utah
How to Get to
Steinaker State Park
The easiest way to get to Steinaker State Park is to take Highway 40 to Vernal. Then, turn north on Highway 191 and you’ll pass just east of the park.
Entering Steinaker State Park
Come to Steinaker State Park any day; it’s open all year. In the summer, the park hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Winter hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.