Jurassic

Rating: 
One-way Distance: 3.3 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Skill level:
Elevation: 4585 - 4682 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 45 mins.
Trailhead: Klondike Bluffs
Fee: none
Attractions: Fun connector trail




The Jurassic trail is located in the Klondike Bluffs Area north of Moab, Utah. The more than 3 mile long trail stretches across Little Valley from the Klondike Bluffs Road to the Jasper Loop. Several spurs of the trail provide convenient connecting points to the Baby Steps, Little Salty and Dino-Flow trails. Although longer in length than the Copper Ridge Road that it parallels it can be a good singletrack alternative to that route.


The south end of the Jurassic trail begins less than 1 mile from the Klondike Bluffs trailhead. That initial distance can be covered by taking either the Klondike Bluffs Road or the Inside Passage trail.


The hard packed trail skirts along the edges of the valley beside the colorful purple and green badland hills.


Due to the relatively flat and open nature of the Jurassic trail it is pretty easy to stay in the higher gears and make quick time of it.


Of course, whenever there are boulders it is much funner to make a path through them than to go around.


If you have never tried mountain biking you have no idea what you are missing.


A connector trail that runs over to the Copper Ridge Road at about the location of the South Baby Steps trail comes up around the 1.6 mile point.


After the connector trail Jurassic continues in like fashion as before.


At the 3 mile point the Jurassic trail comes to another junction. The Jasper Loop is about a hundred yards to the left up a small hill and the Copper Ridge Road is less than a quarter mile to the right.


The Jurassic trail comes to its terminus borealis at the Copper Ridge Road. From here it is about 1.5 miles to the Mega Steps trailhead and 2.5 miles to the Klondike Bluffs trailhead. Of course, there are all those other trails to do so your total distance and the amount of fun you have will vary according to the choices you make while studying the map from this very spot. It took us about 45 minutes to ride the Jurassic trail but that was with stopping to take over 90 pictures so most people probably take about 30 minutes to get to this point. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.