Dinosaur Tracks Paleontology

dinosaur track outside moab utah

On this day-long tour from the heart of Moab, Utah, we will visit the best of the best dinosaur tracks in the red rock canyon country of eastern Utah. We will visit some of the most spectacular of Moab’s many dinosaur footprint sites of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, seeing tracks left by carnivorous and herbivorous giants on ancient lakeshores, river sandbars and in inter-dune oases! Bring a camera and be prepared to walk where dinosaurs roamed millions of years ago, all amid the spectacular scenery of eastern Utah.

Our Professional Guide

The trip’s guide,  Dr. John Foster, is the Director of the Museum of Moab and is a vertebrate paleontologist specializing in the paleoecology of Late Jurassic terrestrial ecosystems. He has worked in Mesozoic rocks of the Colorado Plateau region, and most frequently in the Moab area, for more than 20 years. He is author of the books Jurassic West: The Dinosaurs of the Morrison Formation and Their World (Indiana University Press, 2007) and Cambrian Ocean World: Ancient Sea Life of North America (IUP, 2014).

“Foot prints are the neatest thing,” Foster says.  “They preserve the activity of the animal when it was alive and shows the area they frequented, as opposed to bones which can end of up scattered in any environment. Tracks will never deceive you – they always show up where the animal was living.”

Activity Level

Moderate

Up to one-mile hikes on relatively flat trails with up to 250 feet of elevation gain per day.

  • Where: Moab Area Paleontology Sites
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Group Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 9
  • Age Group: Adults and children 12+
  • Deadline for Signup: The Wednesday prior
  • Cost per Person: $135 includes transportation, lunch and expert guide
  • Cost per Person: -
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Notes:
    • 2018 Dates TBD
    • Tour meets at Museum of Moab, 118 East Center St., Moab, UT 84532
    • Lunch, snacks, and water provided.