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Dinosaur Trackway

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Dinosaur Trackway is a collection of 200 million year old dinosaur footprints in Red Fleet State Park in Vernal, Utah.

Directions

Red Fleet State Park is about 15 minutes north of Vernal on the east side of US-191. It is only 8 minutes from Moonshine Arch Trailhead and 12 minutes from Steinaker Reservoir. You can either hike 1.7 moderate miles to the Dinosaur Trackways or boat there.

Dinosaur Trackway Trailhead

The Dinosaur Trackway Trailhead is on the north side of Red Fleet Reservoir. Enter the north entrance of the Red Fleet State Park. As you drive in you can see the rock formations that gave Red Fleet its name.

The Dinosaur Trackway Trailhead is on the north side of Red Fleet Reservoir. It will be on the right side of the road as you drive in. There is a small parking area and restrooms.

You will have to hike on dirt, sand, rock and will probably want sturdy shoes.

The trail ends the shore of Red Fleet Reservoir. You can look across and see the boat ramp.

There isn’t a convenient walking path around Red Fleet due to the beautiful rocks.

You can also get there by boat. We kayaked there from the small kayak launch area on the northeast side. You can see the signs just to the south of the outcropping little “cave”.

Be careful where you step since you want to minimize the erosion that happens on the tracks.

Whether you came by land or water, once on the shore you can explore the Dinosaur Trackway.

Dinosaur Trackway

There are informational panels explaining where the tracks are and more about the area.

Trackway indicates at least three tracks in succession. There are actually several hundred dinosaur tracks, but some are hard to distinguish. There is a very helpful sign that shows the tracks and where to look.

There are at least two species, Grallator and Eubrontes, a carnivore and herbivore that lived about 200 million years ago.

Depending on the water level, many of them are probably buried near the shore.

This three-toed imprint from the Grallator was the easiest for us to distinguish. They are easier to find when the shadows are pronounced, so mornings and evenings are best for visibility.

Here is my foot in the photo to get an idea of the scale of this footprint fossil.

Red Fleet Reservoir

While you are at Red Fleet you can take a quick dip or and play in the water before returning along the trail.

The ledge above the outcropping is a safe place to cliff jump.

Stats: Distance – 1.7 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 30-90 minutes
Elevation gain – 262 feet
Difficulty – moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – At Trailhead
Seasons to hike – Year-round
Permits needed – $10/vehicle day use or Utah State Parks Pass
Pets allowed – Yes

Other nearby attractions are Red Fleet Reservoir, Moonshine Arch, McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs, Fantasy Canyon, Steinaker Reservoir, Flaming Gorge, and the Green River.

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