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Our area is also rich in the arts. The Uintah Arts Council provides year-round cultural events that enrich lives of young and old alike and bring out Vernal's best. The popular Community Concert Series is now entering its 15th year, with performances by local musicians being part of the fun. The Outlaw Trail Theater brings the Wild West back to life with original and popular productions that add the zest that only live entertainment can provide. The Western Heritage Museum in Vernal is a terrific way to learn about settlements of the area and its rich history.

Our community orchestra provides an opportunity for you to dust off your old horn and join the fun with your fellow music enthusiasts, while providing great entertainment for the community. We host a summer art show and an autumn photography show that gives local artists an opportunity to show their work.

The Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo, one of the largest and best PRCA rodeos in the United States, is held each July at the Western Park outdoor arena and attracts cowboys from a large portion of the United States. The Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo has been voted one of the best outdoor rodeos for several years. July also hosts statewide Pioneer Day celebrations. Vernal kicks off Pioneer Day with a pancake breakfast followed by other events and a parade.
The Utah Field House of Natural History Museum State Park has several exhibits including those dealing with dinosaurs, geography and Native American history. The nearby Ute Indian Reservation is also a source of summer activities with regular events and pow-wows. More information to come on Ute Tribal Enterprises.

The Uintah and Ouray Reservation is located in northeastern Utah, 150 miles east of Salt Lake City, and 40 miles west of the Colorado border. Elevation varies from 5,000 feet to 13,000 feet. The Uintah Mountains, running east and west, are located along the reservation's northern border. The Green River runs along the western border of the reservation's southern segment, which at one time was the Uncompahgre Reservation.
Original Ute territory encompassed most of Colorado and Utah as well as portions of New Mexico and Arizona. Bands of Utes roamed this region, and by the late 1600s, they were following buffalo herds on the plains with their belongings packed on horses.

As the west opened for settlement, the Ute lands were encroached upon more and more and fighting began. Following a major battle, the settlers asked the government for removal of the Utah bands. President Lincoln placed them on the Uintah Valley Reservation in 1861.

In 1881, Ute bands in Colorado were also restricted to the Uintah Valley Reservation. Two more bands were sent to the newly established Uncompahgre Reservation in eastern Utah in 1882. In 1886, the Uintah and Ouray agencies consolidated as the Uintah and Ouray Ute Reservation, which expanded in 1882 to include the more southerly Uncompahgre Reservation and the Hill Creek Extension in 1948.
Tribal enrollment is 3,174. The Northern Ute Indian Tribe operates five enterprises: Ute Lanes (bowling), Tribal Feedlot, Water Systems, Loan Program, and Ute Petroleum. Cattle raising is an important activity on the reservation, and the Tribal Feedlot is where the tribe maintains its cattle. Water Systems manages water and sewer needs for four communities. The Loan Program provides loans to tribal members, and Ute Petroleum is the tribe's gas stations.

Mineral resources are an economic asset, and total Ute Indian oil production averages over 1,000 barrels a day. Most of the reservation's communities have a post office, general store, and clothing stores. Auto repair shops are also located on the reservation.

Nearby Flaming Gorge on the Green River is a local tourist attraction, as is Fort Duchesne, formerly an army post. The annual Northern Ute Bear Dance, a ladies'-choice social dance unique to the Utes, is held in late April or early May. The tribe also offers an annual pow wow in the summer. Children attend public schools on or near the reservation.

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