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Near Crescent Junction in Grand County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracksite

 
 
Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracksite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 10, 2019
1. Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracksite Marker
Inscription.  The Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracksite preserves the peculiar tracks of a long-necked herbivorous dinosaur (sauropod), along with two different sizes of meat-eating dinosaur (theropod) tracks. This site stands out for being the first place in Utah where sauropod tracks were discovered, as well as showing a large sauropod making a right turn roughly 150 million years ago. Paleontologists have yet to find other evidence showing a dinosaur making an abrupt change in direction. Tracks from the theropod dinosaur indicate that it limped along an ancient sandbar, showing that the animal suffered from an injury.

These unique tracks provide a glimpse into the past. Tracks help paleontologists understand the approximate size of the animal, the speed it was moving, the direction it was heading, information about its environment, and other interesting observations about its daily life that we would not be able to learn from bones alone. What do these tracks tell you?

The interpretive trail is 1/3 mile in length, round trip. From the kiosk, take the marked trail up the hill along the sandstone path. At the top of the hill, follow the
Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracksite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 10, 2019
2. Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracksite Marker
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signs marking the trail.

Be a Dinosaur Steward!

Please respect and protect these important tracks by not damaging them. Making casts of dinosaur tracks harms them and can lead to permanent destruction. It is also against the law. Photograph the tracks to document your experience, and leave this special site as you found it for others to enjoy.

The Real Jurassic Park

This North Klondike Bluffs Area preserves numerous Jurassic Period dinosaur tracksites. Drive to the nearby Dinosaur Stomping Ground hiking trail located 1.5 miles to the south at the MegaSteps Mountain Bike Trailhead. View more than 2,000 tracks made by a single type of meat-eating dinosaur!

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Use the hashtags #BLMUtah and #BLMPaleo, or tag @BLMUtah in your social media posts to join our community. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and Vine (@BLMUtah).
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Paleontology.
 
Location. 38° 49.9′ N, 109° 45.723′ W. Marker is near Crescent Junction, Utah, in Grand County. Marker can be reached from route BLM 143, 2 miles east of U.S. 191. The turnoff is to the east
Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trackway Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trackway Marker
The marker is on the left. (Original marker which has been replaced)
off Hwy. 191 at: N 38 49.493 W 109 46.886. The sign is not visible from the highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moab UT 84532, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dalton Wells (approx. 8.9 miles away); Navajo Sandstone (approx. 12.9 miles away); Monitor and Merrimac (approx. 12.9 miles away); Balanced Rock (approx. 13.9 miles away); Ancient Sand Dunes (approx. 14.8 miles away).
 
Copper Ridge Dinosaur Track image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber
4. Copper Ridge Dinosaur Track
Dinosaur Trackway image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber
5. Dinosaur Trackway
Copper Ridge Area image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber
6. Copper Ridge Area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 24, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Dewey, Arizona. This page has been viewed 991 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on May 21, 2019, by Bob (peach) Weber of Dewey, Arizona. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   3. submitted on February 2, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   4, 5, 6. submitted on December 24, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Dewey, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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