Vernal is a remote and isolated city, in Uintah County, in northeastern Utah in the United States It is one of only a few cities in Utah that were not founded by Mormons. The population was 9,089 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Uintah County and is about 30 miles west of the Colorado border. The city's Vernal-Uintah County Airport has scheduled air service to Denver provided by Great Lakes Aviation. Service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. Vernal does not have air service to Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah.
Vernal is the only city in the U.S. of its size that does not have a railway, and is situated on a two lane highway, US Highway 40. The major economy of the town is derived from extraction of natural resources, including, oil, natural gas, phosphate, and gilsonite throughout Uintah County. In addition, Vernal is the center of a sportsman's paradise, within miles of some of the finest fishing, fly fishing, and hunting in North America. Vernal is located in the coldest region of Utah.
Vernal is located at 40°27′17″N 109°32′08″W / 40.45472°N 109.53556°W / 40.45472; -109.53556 on the northern edge of the Colorado Plateau and south of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area on the Utah-Wyoming state line.