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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Copper Mountain Dinosaur Tracks

After stopping at Sego Canyon, we continued our trip toward Moab.  While looking up things to see & do on the trip, I found these dinosaur footprints near Moab that I thought would be fun to go find.  The Copper Mountain Dinosaur Trackway was a pretty neat link to ancient times.  There are 3 different types of dinosaurs that you can find tracks of here. 
We only found 2 types of tracks though, some of a large plant eater, and others from a big meat eating dinosaur.  Some of the tracks were easy to find, but others were more difficult to see.  Past visitors had left stone circles around some of the tracks.  We looked all over the slickrock and only found a few more. 
 On the 1/4 mile walk back to the car, my wife couldn't help but take a few pictures of some flowers. 
I do have to add one final note.  To me, many of the signs that led to interesting places in the area were placed about 1/2 mile further along a road than is convenient for those looking for directions.  We'd take a turnoff wondering if it was the right one, drive for a little bit, then see a sign out in the middle of nowhere indicating we were going the right direction.  I think the BLM does this on purpose to help protect the sites and to hide them from people who don't know what's out there.

Nearest City: Moab, UT
Location: N 38° 49.900 W 109° 45.720
Time Needed: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Kid Friendly: Yes
Additional Info: Bring water in the summertime

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