Poison Spider Dinosaur Tracks

Rating: 
Round Trip Distance: .5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 3959 - 4055 feet
Cellphone: 0 bars
Usage: Hiking - Dogs
Time: 45 mins.
Facilities: Vault toilet
Trailhead: Dinosaur Tracks
Fee: none
Attractions: Dinosaur tracks, petroglyphs, scenic canyon
   

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The Dinosaur Tracks trail is located along Highway 279, 6 miles west of its junction with Highway 191, near Moab, Utah. Highway 279 is also known as the Potash Road. Besides the dinosaur tracks that are on several different rock slabs there are also numerous petroglyphs all along the base of the cliff with even more on the cliffs as you drive to the trailhead from Moab.


Highway 279 is a paved road so getting to the trailhead and back with ample time to explore the tracks and petroglyphs only adds about 60-90 minutes to a trip to Moab. If you have a couple more hours you might also like trying the short 2.5 mile hike to Corona Arch which is about 3 more miles beyond the Dinosaur Tracks on Highway 279.


The best tracks are visible from the trailhead on a rock slab about halfway up the hill. There are a few tracks on some of the other rocks but they are a little harder to get to.


The trail is pretty primitive with loose rocks and some scrambling involved. The tracks and some of the petroglyphs can be seen from the trailhead with a pair of binoculars or a good telephoto lens.


So, a few million years ago a few Therapod dinosaurs were walking along the beach leaving tracks in the damp sand and more drier sand blew in and covered up the tracks and preserved them while sand continued to pile up causing the layers beneath to solidify into stone.


There are more tracks on some of the other rocks though not as well defined.


The whole base of the cliff is pretty much covered with various petroglyphs. Who knows what these horned dudes holding hands were up to.


This big petroglyph is one that can be seen along the road on the drive to and from Moab. A painting of it has been reproduced on the video box at the amphitheater in Natural Bridges National Monument.


It's not too bad when you can see some dinosaur tracks and nice petroglyphs with a minimal amount of effort. Throw in a few arches and scenic canyons with the mix and it gets pretty easy to see what draws people to the area. Another location that has some much more famous rock art and a few dinosaur tracks as well is the Horseshoe Canyon area of Canyonlands National Park. It is much more remote but well worth a visit. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.