Utah is home to canyons and mountains, desert and abundant waterways, thriving cities and hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. Utah has harsh country for individualists and tamer areas for the meeker at heart. The Beehive State (so called because of the industriousness of its residents) is the geological crossroads of the elevated tableland known as the Colorado Plateau, the western slope of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Basin, the huge expanse of land cradled between the Sierra Nevada and Wasatch Mountain ranges. The state boasts six national monuments, five national parks, countless wilderness areas and thousands of additional acres of public lands accessible for hiking, biking, skiing, rafting, fishing, and much more. Needless to say, these natural spaces provide one of the greatest year-round concentrations of adventurous pastimes. The preponderance of rugged, virtually primeval terrain lends itself naturally to high adventure. Furthermore, the territory has long been pre-eminent in the pantheon of spiritual places to the native peoples who were first to settle here, and whose ancient mysteries and modern presence are keenly felt today. Ride a horse for a day, raft through rapids the next. Climb mountains for a week and know all the best fishing spots in advance. Ski at world-class resorts or snowmobile over hundreds of miles of groomed trails. Climb through ancient Indian ruins. Steer a jeep or a mountain bike over the Wasatch Plateau. Soar above it all in a glider, a balloon, or take a scenic motorized flight. Trek through labyrinthine canyon country with a llama to carry your gear. Snuggle under a blanket of stars while a draft horse pulls your sleigh through the snow. Dip a toe into thermal hot springs. Paddle a canoe or cruise on a houseboat. There's enough to fill vacations for years, and it's no surprise that so many people return year after year.

Utah is also home to some of the world's best skiing. Feather-light snow, which dries out over the vast Great Basin, frequently slams hard into the Wasatch Range. The result is feet, not inches of white snow, cover the mountains. The majority of resorts are clumped within an hour's drive of Salt Lake City. Utah contains the modern mountain biking mecca of Moab, which seems to grow more popular every year. And there is much more, such as Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, awesome Dinosaur National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce and Zion National Parks, the San Juan, Green, and Colorado rivers flowing into Lake Powell, the world's second largest man-made body of water, and the less overrun option, striking Flaming Gorge National Park. The Great Salt Lake is an underutilized playground and pristine Bear Lake offers plenty of elbow room for sailors and motorboaters. This is to say nothing about the expansive spaces between these landmarks, slickrock trails, multi-colored tiered sandstone formations, snow peaks above clear alpine lakes, and cactus-studded deserts. Towering natural arches and bridges formed over millions of years by the effects of wind and water on stone dot the landscape. The rugged contours of Southwestern geography haven't changed much throughout the years. The enormity of the Southwest provides space that cannot be found in urban areas. Even if you are accustomed to the outdoors, there's no place else where you can find so many diverse geological, historical, cultural, and just plain drop-dead beautiful features. It's a vast canvas on which to paint your own adventure. Personal values aside, the land remains the dominant force here. Everybody needs to pay close attention to nature's power. In Utah's canyon country the earth reveals deep cracks, dropping precariously to distant rivers. Buttes and mesas are nearby, striped in iron-tinged red and orange colors painted by geological epochs, with mountains, usually snow-capped, looming beyond. This spectacular landscape was created over eons by the geological forces of volcanoes, wind, erosion, flowing water, and movements of geological plates inside the earth's crust.

           







Follow the paths where native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky.   Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon.   Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.   Known for its sheer 2,000-foot cliffs and river-carved canyons, Zion deserves to be on every Utah travel agenda.   Zion is home to some of the most iconic views and trails in the National Park Service, and everyone seems to know it.   Overcrowding at this park is common.   It’s impossible to have a bad view in Zion.   The Lower Emerald Pool Trail is a paved path that leads to the gorgeous green waters of the Lower Emerald Pool and waterfalls.   Short and steep, the Weeping Rock Trail showcases Zion’s hanging gardens.   The 5 mile Angel’s Landing Trail is not for the faint of heart.   The trail has steep drop-offs, and there are sections where only a chain provides support as visitors pass in both directions.   The trail takes you to a peak in the middle of Zion Canyon.   The out-and-back trail includes 1,500 feet of elevation gain and takes roughly four hours to hike.   The Narrows is an unforgettable gorge with soaring walls, sandstone grottos, natural springs, and hanging gardens in the upper reaches of Zion Canyon.   Also consider hiking the 14 mile trail to Kolob Arch, one of the largest natural arches on earth.   There is no match for the soaring perspective on trails like Angels Landing and the Narrows, but you don’t have to hike to see why the park is so special.   The roadways leading through Zion provide ample viewing opportunities.   While its massive backcountry trail system can make for an incredible extended stay, the unbridled beauty from basically any spot in the park coupled with easy access makes Zion a perfect one-day trip.   However, if it’s your first visit, try to spend at least two or three nights and venture to both Zion Canyon and Kolob Canyons.




















Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southern Utah on the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in Garfield County.   Settlement of the area began in 1874.   Ebenezer Bryce moved from Pine Valley and settled a site near the mouth of Bryce Canyon in 1875.   Bryce used the now famous canyon as a cattle range, and it was given his name as early as 1876.   Despite the fragile nature of the environment, there are many miles of foot and horse trails below the rim.   A twenty-mile paved highway runs along the edge of the rim.   Bryce Canyon awaited promotion and development before its full tourism potential could be realized.   National Forest Supervisor JW Humphrey was transferred from the La Sal National Forest to the Powell National Forest in July 1915.   He was amazed at the beauty and grandeur of Bryce and resolved to do all he could to promote it and make it accessible.   He took visiting dignitaries to Bryce and secured funds for a passable road to the canyon rim.   In 1916 Arthur W Stevens of the Forest Service wrote an illustrated article for the Union Pacific railroad tourist magazine.   JW Humphrey wrote a similar article for the Rio Grande railroad.   These were the first descriptive articles published about Bryce Canyon.   In the meantime, moving pictures and postcards began circulating and Bryce began to attract visitors from all parts of the nation.   In 1919 the Utah state legislature asked Congress to create Bryce National Monument, which was done in 1923.   The Union Pacific railroad acquired a state school section on the rim and began developing campgrounds, cabins, a lodge, and improved access to the Canyon.   In 1928 Bryce Canyon was removed from Forest Service jurisdiction and made Bryce Canyon National Park.   Later 12,000 additional acres were added to create what is now a 37,277 acre park that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year from throughout the world to marvel at its unique beauty.




















Located just 5 miles north of Moab is Arches National Park, which contains the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches.   Although over 2,000 arches are located within the park’s 76,518 acres, the park also contains an astounding variety of geological formations.   Colossal sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, soaring pinnacles and spires dwarf visitors as they explore the park’s hiking trails.   A paved scenic drive takes visitors to many of the major viewpoints within the park.   There is one road that travels through Arches National Park and that is Arches Scenic Drive.   The best time to visit Arches National Park is in the spring and the fall when temperatures are mild.   However, while winter weather in Arches may not be the most predictable, the sheer lack of crowds makes it one of the best times of the year to visit.   Thankfully, despite its high altitude, the park rarely sees heavy snowfall and the entire park is accessible throughout the whole year.   The park is part of the Colorado Plateau with a high desert biosphere.   The Arches National Park lies on top of a salt bed which underwent extreme climate changes millions of years ago.   The debris from floods and ocean waters compressed into rock, pushing the earth upward into domes and down into hollow pockets.   Faults also occurred such as the park's Moab Fault, one of the most highly studied geologic zones in the country.   Vertical arches resulted from these conditions, and rock layers that weren't eroded away with time still stand today.   Petrified sand dunes can also be found here which indicate where ancient lakes covered the area.



















Carved-out canyons. Sheer drop-offs. Body-wide footpaths slicing through red rock.   Exploring Canyonlands National Park is touring with an edge.   The whole park is a redrock woodcut engraved by wind’s and water’s big, slow chisels.   The Green and Colorado Rivers trisect the Colorado Plateau, etching Canyonlands into distinct districts.   The mesas you see at Island in the Sky look like a mountain range lopped off by a broadsword.   The Maze is gorges, gorgeously gouged. Needles is a pincushion, pointy-sides-out.   Chopped buttes, scored sediment and carved petroglyphs.   Lots of sculpting, scraping and dividing asunder.   Island in the Sky is the most accessible district in the park, nearest to a major city (Moab) and boasting a paved scenic drive with views of the surround buttes, fins and water-carved canyons, as well as numerous hikes.   The Needles is less accessible, requiring more time, more strenuous hiking and four-wheel drive or boat ride to reach its secret corners, but it provides incredible backcountry approaches into some of the most dazzling landscape on earth.   But even the Needles feels like a roadside B&B compared to the remoteness of The Maze, the isolated district west of the Green River.   The Maze offers challenging backpacking, off-roading and hiking for seasoned explorers.   If you’re feeling the life aquatic, you can also book a river trip on the Green or Colorado and see the whole thing from a boat.



















Monument Valley is a 30,000 acre Navajo Tribal Park located on the border of Arizona and Utah. It's known for its sandstone buttes. The largest butte is 1,000 feet above the valley floor. The formations in Monument Valley have achieved some Hollywood fame as the backdrop of many movies and television shows. This iconic symbol of the American West is internationally recognizable and it is one of the most photographed places on earth.














The Great Salt Lake is one of the most asked about tourist destinations in Utah.   It's a remnant of the massive ancient Lake Bonneville, the lake is now landlocked and its waters are salty.   It is the largest lake between the Great Lakes and the Pacific Ocean, and is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere.   The Lake and its islands provide outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities in northern Utah.   Sunsets over the lake can be breathtaking. Amazing red, orange, lavender and magenta hues slowly dissolve in the evening sky.   The lake's turquoise waters attract sailors, its white sand beaches are popular with swimmers and sunbathers, and craggy outcroppings on Antelope Island and some shoreline areas draw hikers and mountain bikers.   The Lake is actually the remainder of prehistoric Lake Bonneville, which covered some 20,000 square miles of land in what is now Utah, Nevada and Idaho some 10,000 to 30,000 years ago.   The present lake is about 75 miles long and 35 miles wide, with a maximum depth of 33 feet.   After a series of wet years, the lake's surface area may be much larger but it will be only a little bit deeper. Water levels in the lake are far from constant.   During its recorded low in 1963, some of the lake's 10 major islands became peninsulas.   In 1983, when the lake reached its historic high, it flooded houses, farmland and the nearby freeway.   Huge pumps were constructed to deposit excess water into Utah's west desert.   The pumps were shut down in 1989.   Four rivers and numerous streams empty into the Great Salt Lake, carrying dissolved minerals.   The lake has no outlet so these minerals are trapped.   Continual evaporation concentrates the minerals.


















Encompassing over 1.25 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation.   The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history.   Lake Powell is only 13% of the National Recreation Area, but one of the largest man-made lakes in North America.   At full pool it is 186 miles long, has 1960 miles ofshoreline, over 96 major side canyons, and a capacity of 27 million acre-feet.   Its maximum depth (at Glen Canyon Dam) is 561 feet.   Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is graced with scenic views, unique geology and evidence of 10,000 years of human history.   As the water level gets lower, the re-emergence of rock formations is drawing sightseers after being submerged under Lake Powell for some 50 years.

Lake Powell is located in South Central Utah.   The Green River, Escalante River, and the San Juan River join the Colorado River in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to form the reservoir.   With nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline, endless sunshine, warm water, perfect weather, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the west, Lake Powell is the ultimate playground.   At 186 miles long Lake Powell is longer than the entire west coast of the U.S.   Lake Powell covers an impressive amount of territory across the American West.   There are 96 major canyons, some of which are 15 to 20 miles in length.   It's no wonder Lake Powell is a national recreational destination of choice.   The lake Area plays host to a myriad of plants and wildlife through a complex ecosystem that spans 1.2 million acres of the Colorado Plateau.





















Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument is a phenomenal landscape. Sun-drenched Utah backcountry spreads out well beyond the visible horizon from the road.   Depending on where you stand, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument has been quietly doing its thing for over 50 million years.   But it’s relatively new to us humans.   It was the last part of the lower 48 United States to get cartographed, and once people started poking around they realized they were dealing with an un-spent wealth of ancient and modern science and culture.   The Escalante Canyons area is the most popular area of the monument, especially among hikers.   Active waterfalls, arches, riparian oases, sculpted slickrock and narrow canyons.   The Grand Staircase area is more remote and less visited.   It is spectacular and contains the most extensive network of slot canyons in Utah.   It is surrounded by National Parks that is part of the Grand Staircase.   To the north is Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef, to the east is Glen Canyon and Canyonlands, to the west is Zion National Park, and it stretches into Arizona to the Grand Canyon.


















Capitol Reef encompasses the Waterpocket Fold, a warp in the Earth's crust that is 65 million years old.   It is the largest exposed monocline in North America.   In this fold, newer and older layers of earth folded over each other.   The park is filled with brilliantly colored sandstone cliffs, gleaming white domes, and contrasting layers of stone and earth.   The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building, that run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold.   The fold forms a north-to-south barrier that has barely been breached by roads.   Early settlers referred to parallel impassable ridges as "reefs", from which the park gets the second half of its name.   State Route 24 cuts through the park traveling east and west between Canyonlands National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, but few other paved roads invade the rugged landscape.   The park is filled with canyons, cliffs, towers, domes, and arches.   The Fremont River has cut canyons through parts of the Waterpocket Fold, but most of the park is arid desert.

















Despite its name, Nine Mile Canyon is actually 46 miles long, earning it the title of the world’s longest art gallery with its famous Native American petroglyphs (rock art). The rock art in the canyon showcases history of the Fremont, Ute and Archaic people that lived in the area hundreds of years ago. Large panels of rock art can be found just off of the road, making the canyon explorable for those of all ages and abilities. The canyon got its name when John Wesley Powell led a government expedition down the Green River in 1869. The trip’s topographer, FM Bishop, drew a nine-mile triangulation of the area and named it Nine Mile Creek. While exploring the canyon, visitors will also get a glimpse of those who have called this canyon home, such as Native Americans, farmers, outlaws and ranchers. The art and stories of these dwellers have been preserved in the canyon for all to enjoy. The canyon can take 4-6 hours to explore thoroughly, so visitors are encouraged to prepare proper provisions. Please bring plenty of water and food for the trip and ensure your car is filled with gas. Binoculars and a camera will also be handy to view the beautiful scenery, rock art, and wildlife in the area.















Ready to take a step back in time? Tons of dinosaur fossils have been found in Utah, and plenty of them are on display in museums in the Utah Valley area. Ranging from smaller collections to one of the world’s largest collections of complete dinosaur skeletons. Utah's geology and climate provided the perfect conditions to preserve the remains of these magnificent creatures. Utah is famous for its dinosaur fossils and related discoveries, behind only China in regard to the number of dinosaur types found. Utah's Cenozoic rocks were deposited after the extinction of the dinosaurs. Utah has many places to see dinosaurs, including museums, parks, and other sites. With fossil records of more dinosaur species than any other state and the most complete record of prehistoric life of any geographic area on the planet, Utah offers one of the world's largest collections of mounted dinosaur skeletons interspersed among actual discovery sites. More than 12,000 bones, belonging to at least 74 individual dinosaurs have been excavated here, with many of them on display throughout various museums in Utah.

Dinosaur National Monument - Vernal - Dinosaurs once roamed here. Their fantastic remains are still visibly embedded in the rocks. Learn what fossils discovered here tell us about this landscape millions of years ago. Explore Dinosaur’s compelling cultural history from rock art created by Indigenous peoples to log cabins built by homesteaders in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Discover the Green and Yampa rivers which provide a laboratory for scientific study and wilderness journey. Visitors can see over 1,500 dinosaur fossils exposed on the cliff face inside the Quarry Exhibit Hall. Dinosaur National Monument is located in Vernal, Utah, and this area is know as the Dinosaur Capitol of the World. There is a lot to see and do in this small national monument including seeing fossils and hiking. This post focuses on the Utah access points, but there is also a Colorado side to this national monument. This is the greatest dinosaur destination in Utah, and maybe in the world. There is a huge wall of fossils, several hikes, and a museum at this site that spans the Utah Colorado border.

Stewart Museum Of Paleontology - Ogden - The Stewart Museum of Paleontology is designed to take you on a journey through time, starting from the earliest forms of life on Earth and ending with the present day. You will see incredible displays of dinosaur skeletons, reconstructed habitats of prehistoric animals, and interactive exhibits that allow you to experience what life was like millions of years ago.

Utahraptor State Park - Moab - In the 2021 legislative session, the Utah State Legislature created Utahraptor State Park. The area is currently undeveloped with only primitive recreation options. We ask visitors to remain patient during the construction process.

Museum of Ancient Life - Lehi - Travel back in time and explore what life was like over 65 million years ago in the Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life! With 60 complete dinosaur skeletons, this museum has one of the world’s largest displays of mounted dinosaurs right here in Lehi, Utah!. More than 50 hands-on exhibits, like the Erosion Table and the Quarry Dig, make it easy to interact with prehistory. You can even watch our paleontologists and volunteers unearth a 150-million-year-old Barosaurus. Whether you come by day or night, the Museum of Ancient Life is a lively adventure you’ll never forget. With so much to explore and interact with, it’s one of the best dinosaur museums in Utah.

Utah Fieldhouse of Natural History - Vernal - Discover the prehistoric world, dig for fossils, and explore the dinosaur garden. Within an 80-mile radius of Vernal, evidence of the entire Earth’s history is visible. Utah Field House reveals this geologic story with hands-on exhibits and activities.

Poison Spider Dinosaur Trackway- Moab - Footprints from approximately ten different meat-eating dinosaurs can easily be viewed at the Poison Spider Dinosaur Tracksite. The tracks are found on two rock slabs which fell from overlying sandstone atop the cliffs. Between dune fields were scattered flat areas of wet sand, shallow ponds, and small streams. Dinosaurs crossed these flats and left their footprints, which were sometimes then covered by the shifting dunes and preserved intact. Millions of years later, after the sands had turned to stone, blocks containing the tracks have fallen from the cliffs above and split along the bedding planes, exposing the tracks to the sun once again.

Natural History Museum - Salt Lake - A sequence of snapshots in time spanning hundreds of millions of years depicts a range of Utah’s ancient environments and their changing life forms. Utah’s past worlds are brought to life in displays that capture plant and animal diversity, sights, sounds and smells long lost ecosystems. In this gallery there are dozens of skeletal reconstructions on display, including a Gryposaurus (duck-billed) dinosaur made of original fossil material, and the world’s largest display of horned dinosaur skulls.

Mill Canyon Dinosaur Interpretive Trail - Moab - The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail is a bold experiment; there are no guards or fences here. You, the visitor, are the protector of this valuable resource. It is illegal to remove, deface, or destroy improvements, rocks, and fossils. The dry climate and eroded landscape of today is very different from the environment that existed when dinosaurs roamed southern Utah. Climates were mild and moist during the Jurassic period 150 million years ago. The fossil remains of plants and numerous dinosaurs are typically found in the Morrison Formation. The Morrison Formation is a complex series of clays, shales, and sandstones that settled in swamps, bogs, shallow lakes, and the broad and often slow moving streams that wandered over a low-lying featureless landscape. Cycads, ginkgoes, and conifers formed forests, shading an undergrowth comprised largely of ferns. Horsetails and succulent plants grew abundantly in swamps and bogs. The Morrison Formation contains the fossil remains of plants and numerous kinds of dinosaurs including: Allosaurus, Camptosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Camarasaurus.

Bull Canyon Overlook Interpretive Site - Moab - Bull Canyon is a dinosaur track site and scenic overlook of beautiful Bull Canyon and Fisher Mesa. There is a short gravel trail to therapod dinosaur tracks that are dated to the Jurassic period about 200 million years ago when the area was a shallow sea.

Jurassic National Monument - Price - Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry-Jurassic National Monument contains the densest concentration of Jurassic-aged dinosaur bones ever found. Over 12,000 bones (belonging to at least 74 individual dinosaurs) have been excavated at the quarry. Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry has helped paleontologists learn a great deal about the Jurassic period, yet the site presents at least as many mysteries as it helps to solve. Curiously, more than 75% of the bones come from carnivores, primarily Allosaurus fragilis. With more than 46 individual specimens of Allosaurus, scientists have been able to deduce much about how Allosaurus aged and compare individuals to better understand intraspecies diversity. Yet the sheer density of bones proposes many questions. How did the carcasses of so many animals end up in one place, and why are most of them meat-eaters? While many good hypotheses have been presented, they all still have major flaws - the mystery has yet to be solved.

Dinosaur Museum - Blanding - At The Dinosaur Museum, the complete history of the world of the dinosaurs is presented. Skeletons, fossilized skin, eggs, footprints, state-of-the-art graphics, and beautifully realistic sculptures present the dinosaurs from the Four Corners region and throughout the globe. In the museum you will see exhibits which show dinosaurs from the different countries and how they were distributed throughout the globe. You will also view the latest in dinosaur skin research, which shows startling new aspects to some familiar dinosaurs. Enjoy the displays of dinosaur eggs from around the world, and the baby Protoceratops and Maiasaura sculptures.

Red Fleet State Park - Vernal - Hike to 200-million-year-old dinosaur tracks, boat and fish on Red Fleet Reservoir, and camp or picnic in a campground overlooking a sandstone and desert landscape. In the heart of Dinosaurland, Red Fleet is a destination in itself and a great location for discovery of the area.

BYU Museum of Paleontology - Provo - The BYU Museum of Paleontology was built in 1976 to prepare, display, and house the rock and dinosaur fossils collected by Dr. James A. Jensen and his crews. Over decades of field work, Dr. Jensen and crews gathered fossils from locations in Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming. For years, the vast collections of the unprepared field jackets were stored under the BYU football stadium. Now, with the new 5,000 square-foot addition, and years of laboratory preparation, nearly all of the fossils are kept at the museum in the collections room. As part of the BYU educational system, the Museum of Paleontology provides labs and hands-on learning to university students. The museum is also a popular attraction for school groups throughout Utah. Each month school groups visit the ESM to take tours and learn more about ancient plants and dinosaurs. Approximately 25,000 visitors a year come here to see dinosaur fossils prepared, to touch real fossils, and to learn about paleontology.

Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trackway - Moab - The Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracks offers a short, family-friendly outing when heading to or from Moab on UT-191 from I-70. The tracks are essentially a roadside attraction, though visiting does require a tiny bit of walking. What is the attraction? A well-preserved set of dinosaur tracks and the first brontosaurus trackway reported from Utah. The tracks will delight children and those young at heart. This is one of the roadside attractions I recommend to those with kids. The trailhead offers a good spot for picnic lunch while pondering the dinosaurs that used to roam the area.

Prehistoric Museum-College of Eastern Utah - Price - Experience Life Three Billion Years in the Making. The Prehistoric Museum creates understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural processes that formed the geologic, fossil and prehistoric human records found in eastern Utah. We do this through educational and interpretive programs based upon our academic research, preservation programs, authentic exhibits, and the creative efforts of our staff and community.

St George Discovery Site-Johnson Farm - St George - Here at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm, you’ll enter a 200 million-year-old ecosystem that was once home to dinosaurs, fishes, plants, and more. Besides the actual fossils, you won’t want to miss the five life-sized models of prehistoric animals and the working fossil preparation lab.

Parowan Dinosaur Tracks - Parowan - One great stop is the Parowan Dinosaur Tracks Site. There are three hadrosaur tracks located west of the freeway near the Parowan Gap. The dinosaur tracks (natural casts) occur in the Iron Springs Formation and are usually in the fallen blocks of light yellow-brown sandstone. Some tracks do occur in place, but most are in the large fallen boulders, so check them first. Originally, these footprints were made in non-resistant mudstones which have since eroded away to expose the sandstone cast. Most of the tracks at Parowan Gap were made by Hadrosaurs, which was one of the most abundant dinosaurs in North America. The tracks contain three toes and resemble giant bird feet. Hadrosaurs, nicknamed "duck-billed" dinosaurs, spent their day grazing much like a modern day cow. They weighted a couple of tons and were 10 to 40 feet long.

U-Dig Fossils Trilobite Quarry - Delta - Fossicking in national parks and other protected areas is forbidden. The privately-owned U-Dig Fossils Trilobite Quarry in Delta is a good alternative. On average, visitors find between 10 and 20 trilobites simply by splitting the shoal. The quarry is open from March–October.

Dino Cliffs Trail - St George - 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.

Kanab Dinosaur Tracks Trail - Kanab - There are some really nice dinosaur tracks just north of Kanab. A short, but steep hike is required to visit the Kanab Dinosaur Tracks, but they are worth it. We counted over a dozen tracks along the ridge, and most were easy to distinguish and fairly obvious. This hike only runs a little under a mile, but the trail climbs almost straight up the ridge to the top of the butte. Not only that, the trail isn’t always obvious, but the general direction is easy to find.

Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry - Hanksville - The Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry is a dinosaur bonebed located on federal land, administered by the Bureau of Land Management northwest of the town of Hanksville, in south-central Utah, and is one of the largest dinosaur quarries in the United States. The quarry is massive in extent, with a bone-bearing layer extending for a minimum of 1km to the northeast. As of the summer of 2017, the deposit preserves the remains of a minimum of 15 different dinosaurs, including a high diversity of taxa. Most prevalent among the fossils are those of the longneck sauropod dinosaurs, primarily Diplodocus. Three other species of sauropod are known from the quarry and include Apatosaurus, Barosarus, and Camarasaurus. The theropod dinosaur, Allosaurus, has been found, as well as the small ornithopod Dryosaurus and the armored dinosaur, Mymoorapelta. Some material may be referable to Stegosaurus; however, further examination is needed to be certain.

Big Water Visitor Center - Big Water - The Big Water Visitor Center is one of four visitor centers in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, each with a different theme. However, the Big Water Visitor Center is more like a real-world time machine as it focuses on the early geologic and paleontological discoveries in this region. Since 2005, fourteen new dinosaur species from the Monument, and one from Utah State Land north of Big Water, have been named. This makes the Monument one of the most productive places to find new dinosaur species in North America! These “World Class” fossils largely represent animals and ecosystems unknown prior to 2000, something that surprised even the most jaded of researchers.

George S Eccles Dinosaur Park - Ogden - Along the Ogden River Parkway and just north of Salt Lake City, the George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park. With more than 100 exhibits and realistic, full-sized dinosaur replicas, the 8.5-acre park appeals to dinosaur-loving types of all ages in an entertaining, interactive setting. The sculptures encompass an array of prehistoric creatures, from crawlers to flying reptiles. The sized-to-scale replicas are based on actual fossils and skeletons, and several come to life thanks to robotics, intricate details and a state-of-the-art sound system. A few older sculptures dot the park as well, a curious reminder of our deeper understanding of these former inhabitants of our home.


















The Flaming Gorge NRA is located in the northeast corner of Utah between Green River and Rock Springs, Wyoming and extends into the Uintah Mountains towards Vernal, Utah.   The area is a mixture of climate, topography, and recreation opportunities well suited to a variety of summer and winter interests.   With 43 campgrounds spread over nearly 91 water-miles with a whopping 360 miles of shore line plus countless mountain retreats.   There is plenty of room for everyone and inforgettable views.   Rising 502 feet above bedrock, Flaming Gorge Dam impounds waters of the Green River to form the reservoir.   At full elevation of 6,045 feet, it has a surface area of 42,020 acres.   Within the Ashley National Forest, the forest is thick with evergreen trees, pinyon pines, and junipers that grow down to the clear blue waters of the reservoir.   The lake is famous for its trophy trout fishing and for the beautiful red rock mountains rising around it.   Below the lake, the Green River is renowned for river rafting.   Flaming Gorge might be the West's most spectacular reservoir.   Flaming Gorge National Recreation area is an all-encompassing outdoor recreation destination.   With more than 200,000 acres of land and water.   Beautiful any time of day, the Red Canyon Overlook lives up to its name as the canyon walls catch the fire of the intense morning light.















Adams Canyon Waterfall...3 (Layton Utah)    Archangel Falls...6 (Zion National Park)    Battle Creek Falls...17 Pleasant Grove Utah)    Bells Canyon Falls...1 (Sandy Utah)    Bridal Veil Falls...7 (Provo Canyon)    Cascade Falls...8 (Dixie National Forest)    Donut Falls...5 (Cottonwood Canyon)    Emerald Falls...2 (Zion National Park)    Ferguson Canyon Falls...25 (Cottonwood Heights)    Fifth Water Hot Springs Waterfall...10 (Diamond Fork Canyon)    Fremont River Falls...19 (Teasdale Utah)    Gunlock Falls...27 (Gunlock Utah)    Horsetail Falls...18 (Alpine Utah)    Hidden Falls...20 (Zion National Park)    Kanarraville Falls...4 (Kanarraville Utah)    Little Deer Creek Falls...9 (Unita National Forest)    Lower Calf Creek Falls...16 (Boulder Utah)    Little Dolores River Waterfall...21 (Moab Utah)    Lower Timpanogos Falls...22 (Mount Timpanogos)    Mossy Cave Falls...23 (Tropic Utah)    North Creek Waterfall...24 (Zion National Park)    Provo River Waterfalls...11 (Provo Canyon)    Stewart Falls...12 (Mount Timpanogos)    Scout Falls...14 (Mount Timpanogos)    Salt Creek Falls...28 (Nephi Utah)    Timpanogos Falls...13 (Mount Timpanogos)    Upper Calf Creek Falls...15 (Boulder Utah)    Waterfall Canyon...26 (Ogden Utah)   

























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