Brontosaur Copper Mine

Moab, Utah 84532

Brontosaur Copper Mine

Brontosaur Copper Mine Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
874 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty
1-2 hours
Year-round but best spring & fall
4,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,200 feet
Top Elevation
Bureau of Land Management, 435-259-2196
Local Contacts
USGS Valley City; Klondike Bluffs
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018