Vernal, Utah

Fossil Valley RV ParkOther reviewers at

June, 2016

The Lowe’s overall rating (based on value for the
money, quality of amenities and utilities, site suitability
and what we think other RV’ers in our situation would
be looking for) = 5 out of 10 stars

Long, but skinny pull-through sites.  There’s a particularly run-down trailer across from us
Love all those trees!

Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
This was a noisy campground, located in the middle of town and
next to the major highway.  Lots of traffic noise, and considering
that we were parked about halfway back into the property it could
have been worse.  The owner was extremely helpful, giving us lots
of information on things to do in the area and even on our next
stop.  This would be an OK place to stop for a night or two on a
trip, not so good as a destination.

Road and site access/type?
Paved interior roads and gravel sites.  The campground had both
back-in and pull-through sites.  Access was a bit tight due to
narrowness of the roads, and the sites themselves were quite
narrow.  By taking our time and making a couple of adjustments
we got in OK, though.

Sites spacious and/or level?  Comments?
The pull-through sites like ours (#38) were long enough for a
long RV and a vehicle.  Spacing between sites was quite tight,
and as previously mentioned the sites themselves were narrow.
Most that we saw were fairly level, and ours was almost perfect –
no jacks required.  A big plus here – especially during the hot
months – most sites had at least partial shade and some had a lot
of it due to the huge trees throughout the campground.  Ours
had lots of shade, very nice since we were here during a heat
wave.  Most sites had a small grassy area and a tree in their
“front yard” space.

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
The Verizon signal was strong, so our phones and internet
connectivity worked well.  The full hookup 50-amp power was
adequate but not strong, and the voltage drop with our air
conditioner running was excessive.  Water pressure was good,
and basic cable was provided.  We couldn’t get our satellite
dish to work due to all of the trees but our desire for shade was
greater, and the owner knows which spots have sight of
satellites for both Dish and DirecTV.  The WiFi provided by the
park worked well.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?

Table only. and of fair quality.

Bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
The bathrooms were clean but dated.  Shower stalls had hooks
but no benches for toiletries (strike one), and they were pay
showers (strike two)!  For almost $40/night there should be
no charge for a shower.  Fortunately we didn’t need them.  The
laundry room was small, consisting of two washers, two dryers
and a nice big folding table.

Pet friendly?
Nope, the only “outlet” for doggies was the grassy areas of the
sites throughout the park.  No place to let them loose for some
real exercise.

Bicycle/walking trails nearby?
This park is located in town, so except for walking or riding
through it there isn’t anything available.

Groceries & other services nearby?
Lots of options for shopping here – grocery stores and a mall
with larger stores were all close by.  A great place for folks to
stock up before moving to quieter places.

The campground itself was OK as a stopover, since we
couldn’t get into Steinaker State Park on a weekend.  We
stayed three nights so we could spend some time at Dinosaur
National Monument.  The traffic noise was the biggest issue
here, with the tight site spacing coming in second.  We were
also a bit disappointed with the number of “permies” and the
condition of their RV’s.  The management needs to get those
folks to shape up or it will hurt their transient business.  On
the flip side, we loved the shade provided by those trees, and
the Verizon connectivity was great.