(Last Updated On: March 16, 2016)
|An Allosaurus track|
If you find yourself near Moab, try checking out a dinosaur trackway. There are some pretty good dinosaur trails we found here: Copper Ridge, Mill Canyon, and Poison Spider.
The Copper Ridge Dinosaur trackway is located 23 miles north of Moab. If you’re heading south from I-70, pass mile-marker 149 and look for the turnoff that crosses the tracks on the left (east). Two miles down this dirt road, you’ll find the trailhead for the trackway. There is a bathroom (of sorts) and a parking area.
The out-and-back trail that leads up to the trackway is a bit of an incline, but only about 500 feet according to the sign. Rocks mark the trackway, and small rock circles even mark out many of the footprints. A sign at the bottom states that you can pour water in the tracks, and even sweep them lightly with a broom without causing any damage. We were careful around the tracks, but our almost 2 year-old couldn’t help but sit directly in the huge sauropod track.
This trackway has three different sizes of tracks: some type of quadraped (most likely Camarasaurus), large therepod tracks (Allosaurus is the best guess), and smaller therepod tracks (no one even made a guess as to what they might be). We had never seen such huge tracks so it was a fun stop for us. The sign also shows you a few other places you can wander around and find tracks if you want to branch off the main trail.
|You have to walk uphill to the tracks, but it’s not far.|
|A brontosaur track (not sure which one)|
compared to our 7 year olds foot.
|Our almost two year old fit right inside the tracks.|
|These are the smaller therepod tracks you can see.|