Hunting Dinosaur Tracks

Hunting Dinosaur Tracks Visiting Moab | afternoonstroll.com

Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed the eastern part of Utah. There a multiple discovered sites that prove this to be true, for the tracks tell their stories. About 23 miles outside of Moab, you will find a trail that will lead you to a stomping ground where 2,300 single tracks were created by three-toed carnivores, believed to be theropods.

-Getting There-

The stomping grounds are located in the Klondike Bluffs area. From Moab, head North on US-191 about 23 miles. Turn right onto BLM/Cooper Ridge Jeep Safari Road (three quarters of a mile past mile marker 148). Cross the railroad tracks and follow the road just over a mile until your reach a fork in the road, to the right, you will reach the Mega Steps Trailhead.

Hunting Dinosaur Tracks Visiting Moab | afternoonstroll.com

The sign instructs you to follow the yellow dots and cairns until you ultimately reach the stomping grounds. We loved this little scavenger hunt! The trail is 1.5 miles/3 miles round-trip. If you aren’t sure what cairns are, you will find them all over hiking trails in Utah.

Hunting Dinosaur Tracks Visiting Moab | afternoonstroll.com

Hunting Dinosaur Tracks Visiting Moab | afternoonstroll.com

Cairns are stacked rocks intended to mark a path, territory, or specific site.

Once you reach the stomping grounds, you will find a sign that confirms you have indeed reached the correct place. ย The sign gives you a little insight into the history of what was roaming here millions of years ago and the importance of dinosaur tracks and how they can tell many things about a dinosaur that bones can’t.ย Hunting Dinosaur Tracks Visiting Moab | afternoonstroll.com

The tracks at this site have been named Megalosauripus. Unfortunately, no skeletal remains have been found, making these tracks even more important!

Hunting Dinosaur Tracks Visiting Moab | afternoonstroll.com

Hunting Dinosaur Tracks Visiting Moab | afternoonstroll.com

Hunting Dinosaur Tracks Visiting Moab | afternoonstroll.com

Hunting Dinosaur Tracks Visiting Moab | afternoonstroll.com

The trail has no shade. Make sure to be wearing sunscreen, bring water and a hat if needed. It gets hot out there! The area is full of trails and a popular mountain bike destination. So, have fun exploring!!ย ๐Ÿ˜

Note: The parking lot is dirt. It’s probably not best to drive on if it has rained.

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