Warner Valley Dinosaur Tracks

Warner Valley Dinosaur Tracks

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These dinosaur tracks are relatively well preserved, and offer a unique glimpse into what was once a wetland inhabited by these ancient creatures. There is a short drive involved on a dirt road to get to the trail to the tracks, and then a short hike of less than half a mile to get to the actual track site. With interpretive signs at the site, it is easy to appreciate the significance of the tracks.

 
Elevation Range:   0 ft
Low Elevation:   3000 ft
High Elevation:   3000 ft
Distance:   0.3 miles
Area:   Warner Valley
Cost:   Free
Rating:    (3.0)
Aerobic Intensity:    (2.0)
Technical Difficulty:    (2.0)
Scenery:    (3.0)
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Last Edited: Oct 03, 2016

 Guide

While there are many different relics of the ancient creatures that roamed the area we now live in, one of the most dramatic is the footprints they left behind.  There are many different dinosaur track sites in Southern Utah, and the Warner Valley Dinosaur tracks are some of the best preserved, as well as some of the most accessible.

The tracks are located an easy drive and a short walk away from Washington City, just past the Fort Pearce interpretive site on Warner Valley Road.  After parking, you can hike about a quarter mile to get to the track site.

At the site is a sign giving details about the tracks, a short wall intended to divert water away from the primary tracks, and then of course there are the tracks themselves.  If desired, you can keep walking past the track site to wander through the gully and see a typical water formation in the southern Utah desert.

Not much is known about the dinosaurs that left the tracks since it can be hard to indentify specific species with such limited information.  The two types of tracks are classifed as Eubrontes  and Grallator, which merely classify the tracks themselves without attempting to determine what type of dinosaur formed them.  Some additional details on paleontologists guesses about the dinosaurs who created these tracks is available on the BLM site for the tracks.

Curent estimates put the track count at over 400 individual prints, although much fewer than that is clear enough to readily recognize.

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 Getting There

  1. Take Hwy 7, Southern Pwky, driving East away from 1-15.
  2. Drive for 10.3 miles to the Warner Valley Rd exit
  3. On Warner Valley Road, travel southeast for 8 miles
  4. At the sign for the tracks, turn left
  5. After about 1/4 mile, the road will finish at the parking lot

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 Additional Information

    BLM info page - BLM-hosted information about the dinosaur tracks