Also in Vernal is Dinosaurland, home to the largest quarry of Jurassic Dinosaur bones there is.
Cove Fort is a beautiful little oasis that was built under the direction of Brigham Young by Ira Hinckley in 1867. It was meant to be a place of protection and rest for people who traveled through Utah Territory. The fort would also include a telegraph station, a way station for the stage coach and a post office. Ira’s family would live at the fort and serve with him. It was built as a defense in case of problems with the Indians in the area, but the Hinckleys developed trade and good relationships with them instead. There was never a battle fought at this fort.
Cove Fort was built remarkably with stones and mortar made of lime and volcanic ash. The walls are 4 feet thick. You can see the ancient, inactive volcano in the distance. The displays of what life was like in the fort are remarkable. There is also a beautiful apple orchard like the fort had when it was active. 2 of the trees are old ones that have survived from that time! There is also a huge garden like those early settlers kept. Cove Fort is definitely worth the stop! Click to see a few of our favorite spots!