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Parowan Gap Dinosaur Footprints and Rock Art

Parowan Dinosaur Footprint What to See and Do: Parowan Gap is known for its amazing petroglyphs (click here to see information about the petroglyphs) but the site also contains some interesting paleontological resources as well. Near the petroglyphs are dinosaur tracks made by ornithopods, ceratopsians and theropods. These 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.

*Some information above is from the peer-reviewed journal article: Milner, Andrew R.C., et al. 2006. Dinosaur tracks from the Upper Cretaceous Iron Springs Formation, Iron County, Utah, in Late Cretaceous vertebrates from the Western Interior. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 35.


How To Get There: From Cedar City go north on Main (or take Interstate 15 Exit 62) to UT 130. Continue north 13.5 miles, then turn east (right) 2.4 miles on a good gravel road to Parowan Gap.
From Parowan go north on Main to 400 North. turn west (left) for 10.5 miles on good gravel road (near Milepost 19).


Map to Parowan Gap


Below are pictures of the dinosaur footprints and rock art at Parowan Gap.

Parowan Gap Dinosaur Footprint with Rock Hammer  Parowan Gap Dinosaur Footprint in Fallen Sandstone Block  Parowan Gap Rock Art