Brontosaur Copper Mine

Moab, Utah

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This short out-and-back ride, past a dinosaur tracking site and an old copper mine, is particularly educational and a treat for anyone interested in paleontology, geology, and mining history. Though the trail is not maintained or marked, it's not particularly difficult to follow. The trail is a bit technical on the way up, so it's probably not a great place to have the kids on bikes--though as a family hike, it is prime. Blasting caps can still be found in the debris. The caps are small and metallic and can look like a pencil. if they-re old, they can be very volatile due to the degradation of gunpowder into nitro. Don't pick one up! Trail surface: Hardpack, loose sedimentary soils, and bedrock on old 4WD mining road.
Mountain Biking Moab

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Mountain Biking Moab

by Lee Bridgers (Falcon Guides)

This short out-and-back ride, past a dinosaur tracking site and an old copper mine, is particularly educational and a treat for anyone interested in paleontology, geology, and mining history. Though the trail is not maintained or marked, it's not particularly difficult to follow.

The trail is a bit technical on the way up, so it's probably not a great place to have the kids on bikes--though as a family hike, it is prime. Blasting caps can still be found in the debris. The caps are small and metallic and can look like a pencil. if they-re old, they can be very volatile due to the degradation of gunpowder into nitro. Don't pick one up! Trail surface: Hardpack, loose sedimentary soils, and bedrock on old 4WD mining road.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 874 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1-2 hours
Season: Year-round but best spring & fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,600 feet
Top Elevation: 5,200 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, 435-259-2196
Local Maps: USGS Valley City; Klondike Bluffs
Driving Directions: Directions to Brontosaur Copper Mine

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Apr 2018