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Willow Springs Dinosaur Trackways

Willow Springs Dinosaur Trackways

 

What To See And Do: The Willow Springs site features the tracks of theropods and ornithopods (three-toed tracks) and those from sauropods (long-neck dinosaurs).

 
The numerous tracks at this site were made about 165 million years ago by dinosaurs walking in the tide-lands of an inland sea that lay to the east of this area. The tracks are preserved in the hard sandstone of the Entrada Formation. These tracks have been exposed for numerous years, and the tracks are beginning to erode. The sauropod tracks may appear as only potholes to the general viewer, with the three-toed tracks being easier to see. The BLM has placed interpretive signs in the area.

How To Get There: From Moab, go north on US Highway 191 for 12 miles. If coming from Crescent Jct. (I-70), go south on US Highway 191 for 18.7 miles. The track site is 3.4 miles off of Highway 191, on the Willow Springs Road.

  • Turn right onto the Willow Springs Road, off US Highway 191.
  • 1.4 miles - take the left fork to Willow Springs.
  • 1.7 miles - stay right on the main road and continue straight towards the Klonzo Trailes area.
  • 2.9 miles - stay right.
  • 3.4 miles - arrive at tracksite

NOTE: The dirt road is suitable for passenger cars driven carefully. AVOID this road when wet!

Contact Information: For maps, brochures, and other information, please contact the BLM Moab Field Office, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, Utah 84532. Telephone: (435) 259-2100

Would you like to volunteer to help preserve paleontological and cultural resources?

The BLM has started the Canyon Country Site Stewardship Program and volunteers monitor this site and others like it in the Canyon Country District. For more information about this program, please visit the BLM Moab Field Office (Canyon Country District Main Office) or contact Rebecca Hunt-Foster, the BLM Canyon Country District Paleontologist: rhuntfoster@blm.gov. Contact information and more general information about volunteering in Utah can be found on the Volunteer Program in Utah page. You can also visit the BLM Volunteer Program Site, where you can find information and opportunities to get involved with the BLM in Utah and nationwide.

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IMPORTANT: Localities like these are rare and need to be preserved for generations to come. Please be cautious and considerate when observing these dinosaur footprints. Do not walk on the actual footprints themselves. Do not try to make your own plaster/rubber/cement casts of these footprints. Any disturbing, casting, rubber, or pouring anything into the dinosaur tracks is expressly forbidden under federal regulations [43 CFR 8365.1-5(a) (1)]. Your help in preserving these tracks for now and future generations is greatly appreciated.