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DINO CLIFFS DINOSAUR TRACKS, WASHINGTON, UT

DINO CLIFFS DINOSAUR TRACKS, WASHINGTON, UT

Difficulty Level: Easy

Distance: .5 miles

TRAIL SUMMARY

This is a great, short hiking trail for families of all ages! The first part of the trail is a little bit sandy, but doesn’t last too long. It changes to a solid trail that leads right down to the dinosaur tracks. As you bottom out on the trail you will see a slate rock surface in part of the stream bed to the left of the trail. In the hardened sedimentary rock you can find 17 well preserved dino tracks presumed to be from  Grallator, Kayentapus, and Eubrontes dinosaurs, which paleontologists suggest were bipedal, meat-eating theropods during the Jurassic Period. Access to the trail head is over a dirt road that is passable by most vehicles.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Easy

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

.5 miles

AVERAGE RIDE TIME

15-35 mins

GPS COORDINATES

Trailhead: 37°09’20.0″N 113°30’13.0″W
Dinosaur Tracks: 37°9’21″N 113°30’6″W

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

6 miles (15 mins)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

No Restroom Available

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

Yes, on 6 ft leash

BIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

EQUESTRIAN ALLOWED

Yes

HIKE TYPE

Out & Back

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE

Spring, Fall, Winter

BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE

Morning, Afternoon, Evening

GROUP LIMIT

No Limit

PERMIT INFORMATION

No Permit Required

COST

No Cost

WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE

No Water Sources Available

CAMP SITES

No Camping Available on Trail

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Dirt Single Track, Sandy

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

WHAT'S NEARBY

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Directions to Trailhead. From St George, head north on I-15 for approximately 2 miles and take exit 10 to Washington City. Turn left onto Green Springs Drive and take an immediate right onto Buena Vista Boulevard and continue for about 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Main Street and follow for .5 miles. Turn right at the “Y” in the road and follow it for approximately .25 miles. Turn left at the “Y” and head up the hill toward the water tank. Continue past the water tank until you see the trailhead for Dino Cliffs Trail on the right. Park on the left and get on the trail!

FLORA AND FAUNA

Plants: Typical plant life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.
Animals: Typical animal life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.

TRAIL REPORT

Why hike this trail?

  • Awesome payoff at the end
  • Short, family friendly

Highlights

  • Great views of amazing red cliffs and Pine Valley Mountain
  • 17 well preserved dinosaur tracks

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hike St George

HikeStGeorge is a project that began as a seedling for Tim LeBaron in the early part of 2008, but really didn’t begin to blossom until the latter part of 2011. The original idea behind the site was to bring to light all of the harder to find, or “less known” hidden gems of the area. It was more of a pet project than anything. As excitement about the site began to spread, there was more of a push to develop information about all hikes in the Southern Utah Region.

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