Red Fleet State Park

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Coordinates: 40°34′56″N 109°25′56″W / 40.58222°N 109.43222°W / 40.58222; -109.43222
Red Fleet State Park
Utah State Park
Red Fleet Dam Utah.jpg
Red Fleet Dam and Reservoir
Country  United States
State  Utah
County Uintah
Location Vernal
 - elevation 5,500 ft (1,676 m) [1]
 - coordinates 40°34′56″N 109°25′56″W / 40.58222°N 109.43222°W / 40.58222; -109.43222
Area 1,963 acres (794 ha) [1]
Founded 1988 [1]
Management Utah State Parks
Visitation 31,882 (2011) [2]
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location of Red Fleet State Park in Utah

Red Fleet State Park is a state park of Utah, United States, featuring a 750-acre (300 ha) reservoir and a fossil trackway of dinosaur footprints. The park is located 10 miles (16 km) north of Vernal.

Geography[edit]

Probable Dilophosaurus footprint on the trackway

Red Fleet State Park lies at an elevation of 5,500 feet (1,700 m) in northeastern Utah, immediately south of the Uinta Mountains. The climate is arid with hot summers and cold winters. Surrounded by red slick rock formations, the park got its name from three large Navajo sandstone outcrops that look like a fleet of ships as they jut up from the reservoir.

Plant life at the park includes juniper, various cacti, and sagebrush.

Wildlife includes badgers, bobcat, coyote, deer, and rabbit. Birds include golden eagles, hawks, bluebirds, vultures, owls, and osprey.

Park facilities[edit]

Year-round park facilities include a sand beach, boat launching ramp, restrooms, 29 RV campsites, a picnic area, sewage disposal, and fish cleaning stations. Recently a dinosaur trackway dating back 200 million years was discovered in the area.[1] Nearby attractions include Dinosaur National Monument, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Steinaker and Utah Field House of Natural History state parks, and rafting and fishing on the Green River.

Red Fleet Dam[edit]

The Red Fleet Dam is a 161-foot-high (49 m), 1,670-foot-long (510 m) earthfill dam. The reservoir is fed by Big Bush Creek, and is part of the CUP-Jensen Unit project. It was constructed in 1980.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Red Fleet State Park: About the Park". Utah State Parks. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Utah State Park 2011 Visitation". Utah State Parks Planning. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Bureau of Reclamation (March 26, 2009). "Red Fleet Dam". U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 

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