Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trailhead Interpretive Site

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Address:

82 East Dogwood Moab, UT 84532

Latitude/Longitude:
38.712524, -109.73938
Directions:

Go north from Moab on U.S. Highway 191 for 15 miles. Turn west on a road signed "Mill Canyon". Proceed on this road approximately 2 miles to the Interpretive Site.

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Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trailhead Interpretive Site

Interpretive site covering history in the Moab area. Access to the site is currently restricted until the Boardwalk Replacement Project is completed.

The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite is an Early Cretaceous (approximately 112 million years ago) dinosaur tracksite located north of Moab in Grand County, Utah. First reported in 2009, the site contains over 200 tracks and traces representing at least ten different types of animals, including nonavian theropods, sauropods, ornithopods, ankylosaurs, birds, and crocodiles. These well-preserved trace fossils preserve the movements and activities of a unique and diverse Mesozoic fauna.

The site is a short walk from the parking area to the site. Road is accessible by most vehicles. Learn more from the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite brochure.

Update on the Boardwalk Replacement Project

BLM is committed to protecting plant and animal fossils on our public lands. We have carefully reviewed the findings and recommendations in the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Paleontological Assessment, which confirmed there was minor damage to some dinosaur footprints, primarily north of the main interpretive site. To ensure this does not happen again, we will follow the recommendations in the assessment, seek public input, and work with the paleontology community as we collectively move forward on constructing boardwalks at the interpretive site. The maintenance and restoration of these interpretive walkways are necessary to properly protect and manage the paleontological resources at this important site.

Before BLM resumes construction, we will draft a supplemental environmental assessment that will include review from a paleontologist and analyze alternative access routes and building materials. We will seek public comment for 30 days on the draft and anticipate a decision in summer 2022.
 

Accessibility Description (ABA/ADA):
No

Adventure is at Your Fingertips

Five individuals standing and one bending over brushing the tracksite. A telephone pole is in the background. The ground is dry, flat, and has little vegetation.