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McConkie Ranch

McConkie Road, Vernal, UT
435-789-6733
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Ranked #7 of 11 Attractions in Vernal
Type: Hiking Trails, Mysterious Sites, Ancient Ruins
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New York City, New York
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178 reviews 178 reviews
60 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We took the Three Kings self-guided trail on this private ranch land that preserves some of the most accessible, greatest quantity of Classic Vernal Fremont rock art. Just about everywhere we looked on the cliff face were petroglyphs (and a few pictograms). Best of all, we were in natural solitude contemplating people who for at least 1000 years (800 years... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Getting a bit faded over the years, but worth the look and hiking/scrambling involved in seeing them.

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Belper, Derbyshire
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118 reviews 118 reviews
20 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is a national treasure that exists on private land. There is a car park with a small hut in which there are drinks available to buy and even t shirts. You are also asked to contribute $4 to park your car. This is all based on honesty. The trail itself is quite difficult and probably not useable for people... More

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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266 reviews 266 reviews
45 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A real step back in time. Hand painted signs take you along a quite challenging route amongst the rocks to significant sites of pictographs from hundreds of years ago. Pay $4 per car into a trust box. This is an astonishing and important historical site apparently run by the landowners. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We had about an hour to explore very quickly the petroglyphs before heading to SLC airport. It was a last minute decision we made that morning to head to McConkie. We chose to hike the 3 Kings Panel trail. It was a quick hike and we enjoyed the dozens of petroglyphs we saw. The trail is not well marked so... More

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Aspen
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The people in the previous review must not have found THE petroglyphs. There are similar ones to many other locations, then there are some absolutely incredible ones, one of a kind ones. Ones that Nat Geo writes articles about. Ones you will never ever see anywhere else. Take the time, do your research and find the right ones. You will... More

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Ivins, Utah
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Due to road construction in the area, we had real difficulty finding the road and entrance to the Farm. It's self guided and the "main" area up from the parking area is steep, narrow and dusty and dead ends below a handful of faded etchings. It was an overcast day which made it that much more difficult to spot them.... More

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West Jordan, Utah, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
49 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We came here on our family trip out to Vernal. We had a group of 12 that included 6 kids ages 4-11, and we hiked the main trail. It was a fun, moderate hike for all of us. Everyone enjoyed the hike and petroglyphs!! The only one that had a little trouble was the 4 year old who after we... More

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Grasonville, Maryland, United States
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131 reviews 131 reviews
45 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Wife and I drove 10 miles out of Vernal to view the petroglyphs. When we arrived, we noticed 3 vacant soda machines, 2 Porta Potties, and a small shack. I walked inside the vacant shack and noticed notes attached to all the walls along with a visitor's guest log. Outside of the shack is a can full of walking sticks.... More

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Summit, New Jersey
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13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This was the first thing we did when we arrived in nearby Vernal. Well worth the uphill climb. The really great petroglyphs are near the end of the trail (of course). Warning: the trail is steep in some places so wear appropriate shoes. Oh-and there is no fee but a donation box in the rundown little house next to the... More

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