MOAB, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The Bureau of Land Management Moab Field Office hosted a grand opening celebration for the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Trail.
The short interpretive trail features more than 200 tracks, representing eight different types of tracks and six different dinosaurs.
An opening ceremony was held Friday in the parking lot at the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Trailhead. Paleontologists were on hand to answer questions about the dinosaurs and other fossils in the area, including the best ways to view and enjoy them, how scientists study them, and how to protect these amazing resources.
The site was discovered in 2009. Since 2013, a professional team of paleontologists have uncovered, recorded, and studied the tracks. They discovered both meat-eating and plant-eating dinosaurs, as well as a bird and crocodile. Some of the most unique tracks belong to a relative of the famous Utahraptor. These new tracks were previously unknown in North America.
The trail was built with funds from BLM Utah, Canyonlands Natural History Association and private donations given to the Utah Friends of Paleontology.
DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD:
To get to the trailhead, drive 15 miles north of Moab on Hwy 191. Turn left on the dirt road marked “Mill Canyon.” Follow signs for the next 0.8 miles to the parking lot for the trail, located to the right in the rock lined parking area.