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Red Gulch/Alkali national Back Country Byway and Red Gulch Dinosaur Track-site
Geologic Sightseeing > Red Gulch/Alkali National Back Country Byway and Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite (WY) 
Location
8 miles east of Greybull, Wyoming.
 
Description
The 32-mile byway runs along the western slopes of the majestic Bighorn Mountains and offers spectacular views, unique geologic features, abundant wildlife, and a rich history as an early transportation route. Along the route is the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite, Wyoming’s rare Middle Jurassic discovery site of more than 1,000 dinosaur tracks and 125 dinosaur trackways. A developed recreation site near the tracksite includes restrooms, picnic shelters, and an interpretive boardwalk that leads to the rippled, track surface where these 167-million-year-old fossils can be closely examined.
 
Directions 
From Greybull, travel 8 miles east on U.S. Highway 14 to the northern entrance of the byway. Five miles south from this entrance is the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite. The byway continues south for another 27 miles and joins State Highway 31 just north of Hyattville.
 
Visitor Activities
Picnicking, scenic drives, geologic sightseeing, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, interpretation, and fossil viewing.
 
Special Features
This is the largest tracksite in Wyoming and one of only a few in the world from this time period. The Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite contains thousands of fossil tracks ranging in size from 3–8 inches which were made by two-legged dinosaurs, the most common of which were meat-eaters.
 
Permits, Fees, Limitations
None.
 
Accessibility
The Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite trail is fully accessible all the way to the tracksite. However, for those uncomfortable walking the sloped, uneven track surface, a flatter accessible track begins next to the main entrance road to the tracksite.
 
Camping and Lodging
The nearest campground is in Shell (4 miles east of the north byway entrance on U.S. Highway 14). Camping is also available at the Medicine Lodge State Historical Site at the southern end of the byway. The nearest motels are located in Greybull on U.S. Highway 16/20. Lodging is also available in Worland, 38 miles south of Greybull on U.S. Highway 16/20.
 
Food and Supplies
No services are available at the tracksite. Food and supplies can be found in Greybull or Worland, or in Hyattville, located near the southern end of the byway.
 
First Aid
No first aid is available at the tracksite. Worland and Cody have hospitals. Cody is 53 miles west of Greybull on U.S. Highway 14/16/20. There also is an emergency care facility approximately 4 miles south of Greybull on U.S. Highway 16/20.
 
Additional Information
High-clearance vehicles are required for visitors continuing south on the byway beyond the tracksite. The best time of year to visit is May–October. Travel is not recommended during wet weather. Some portions of the road south of the tracksite can accumulate several inches of dust, creating hazardous driving conditions.
 
Contact Information
BLM - Worland Field Office
101 South 23rd Street
P.O. Box 119
Worland, WY 82401-0119
Tel: (307) 347-5100


Red Gulch Webpage


Red Gulch/Alkali Byway Map


Red Gulch Dinosaur Trackway Photo

Hundreds of dinosaur footprints have been found in Red Gulch in the area nicknamed “The Ballroom.” (Jerry Sintz, BLM Utah State Office (retired))
 

 
Last updated: 10-23-2009