Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trail

Moab, Utah

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This short uphill hike takes you to one of Utah’s best dinosaur trackways. The Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trail ascends the slabby western flank of Copper Ridge for 0.15 mile to the Copper Ridge Sauropod Tracksite, one of the most unusual dinosaur sites in the Moab area. The trail, a couple of miles east of US 191, offers a unique glimpse into the distant past when this area was a vast low-lying landscape of broad rivers, swamps, and dense tropical forests. If you hiked the short Dinosaur Tracks Trail at the Poison Spider Mesa trailhead south of Moab along the Colorado River, then you need to drive north to do this short hike to a better trackway.
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by Stewart M. Green (Falcon Guides)

This short uphill hike takes you to one of Utah’s best dinosaur trackways. The Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trail ascends the slabby western flank of Copper Ridge for 0.15 mile to the Copper Ridge Sauropod Tracksite, one of the most unusual dinosaur sites in the Moab area.

The trail, a couple of miles east of US 191, offers a unique glimpse into the distant past when this area was a vast low-lying landscape of broad rivers, swamps, and dense tropical forests. If you hiked the short Dinosaur Tracks Trail at the Poison Spider Mesa trailhead south of Moab along the Colorado River, then you need to drive north to do this short hike to a better trackway.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 0.3
Elevation Gain: 80 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Moab Field Office, 82 E. Dogwood, Moab 84532; (435) 259-2100; www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab.html
Local Maps: USGS Moab, Moab Trails Illustrated Explorer
Driving Directions: Directions to Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trail

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