Last Updated on 05/11/2024 by Glynn Willard

Coordinates For McCoy Flats
40°22’46.6″N 109°35’39.4″W
This dispersed location is a hidden gem close to a cool town and Dinosaur National Monument.

There’s a lot of designated spots to choose from along McCoy Flts Rd.

We liked McCoy Flats near Veranl, UT so much that we stayed for two weeks!

Also, if you’re a mountain biker, bring your bike. This is a mountain bikers paradise.

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  1. Time Of Year Visited
    Early July.

  3. Permit Required To Camp At McCoy Flats?

  5. Government Agency
    Bureau of Land Management

  7. Presence Of Law Enforcement At McCoy Flats
    On two occasions I noticed a law enforcement ranger driving the main road, but we were never approached.

  9. Road Conditions In And Out Of McCoy Flats
    boondocking at McCoy Flats
    The road is passable by a standard passenger car, but I recommend a vehicle or camper with higher clearance to get into some of the designated spots.

    It will broaden your selection of places to park your rig. Many of the spots have some gnarly tire ruts from the rains.

    There are several spots that will accommodate large motor homes and fifth wheels.

    A word of caution. If it’s been raining, avoid this area. The type of mud that forms wreaks havoc for most rigs and 4×4’s.

    In our ignorance, we almost slid right into the side of our trailer when returning from town.

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  11. Is McCoy Flats Rd Big Rig Friendly?
    Yes, but the selection of designated spots is limited for larger rigs.

    Most Class C’s, fifth wheels and travel trailers will be fine especially if you have higher clearance.

    Almost any campervan will be fine and will have ample camping spots from which to choose.

    The end of McCoy Flts Rd offers plenty of ways to turn a big rig around.

  13. Cell Strength & Carriers South Of Vernal
    Our T-Mobile phones and hot spot acted as though we were connected to a landline. Super fast and super strong!

    Our Open Signal app also showed a strong presence of Verizon and AT&T.

    Let’s just say we got a lot of online work done in this area.

  15. Is McCoy Flats Starlink Friendly?
    Absolutely. You’ll have a solid view of the horizon in all directions.

    If you’re nestled between some small hills, you’ll be able to raise the antenna without obstruction.

  17. Crowds
    Dispersed camping near Vernal, UT
    There were only a few other rigs there the whole time we were there. In other words, we never had neighbors close to us.

    In fact we were able to plink with our .22’s and pellet guns since we were surrounded with berms.

    Yes, we clean up our brass (and a lot of other peoples too).

  19. Did We Feel Safe Boondocking At McCoy Flats?

    Boondock Vernal, UT

    The mud at McCoy Flats can be very slippery and sticky at the same time!

    Absolutely. At no point did we feel we were surrounded by shady or suspicious characters.

    Again, a word of caution about any mud if it’s been raining. If you have to leave on a particular day and there’s rain in the forecast, plan accordingly.

    There’s no way we could have towed out even in a mild rain.

  21. Wildlife And Insects Near Vernal, UT
    We did not encounter any pesky insects during this stay.

    I hiked every morning into the hills and did not notice any wildlife.


  23. Dump Station And Potable Water Near Vernal?
    The closest affordable dump station and potable water source is Red Fleet State Park 24 miles up 191.

    There are a few other RV parks close by that may allow you to dump and fill for a fee.

  25. Interpretation And Review Of McCoy Flats Rd

    Swimming at Red Fleet State Park

    Swimming at Red Fleet State Park near Vernal, UUT is fun for the family.

    McCoy Flats left us with some of our favorite memories.

    We fell in love with the town of Vernal and took advantage of some great hiking and state parks close by town.

    There are also a few great restaurants in town that will offer an excellent meal and service. One thing we noticed about the town of Vernal; everyone was so friendly.

    Several of our hikes (Moonshine Arch and Dinosaur Trackway) are featured on our other blog,

    If your objective is to visit Dinosaur National Monument or just find a delightful town, McCoy Flats is a great place to boondock!

    Just watch the mud!
    Find this spot on Boondocker’s Bible boondocking locations map here.

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