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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
The tracks at this site have been named Megalosauripus. Unfortunately, no skeletal remains have been found, making these tracks even more important!
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!! 😁
Note: The parking lot is dirt. It’s probably not best to drive on if it has rained.
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