Round Trip Distance: 1 mile
Elevation: 4485 - 4515 feet
Cellphone: 2-4 bars
Time: 1-3 hrs.
Trailhead: Moab Giants
Fee: Varies by age and package
Attractions: Life size dinosaurs
Moab Giants Paleo Safari is located at the junction of Highways 191 and 313 about 9 miles north of Moab, Utah. Among the many things to see and do are a museum, 3D theatre, gift shop, cafe and the Dinosaur trail where visitors can walk among the more than 100 life-size dinosaurs that are on display in lifelike settings along the trail. So likelike are the dinosaurs that visitors will feel like they have been transported back through time millions of years and are walking among actual dinosaurs.
Moab Giants has a large parking area that can accommodate buses, RV's and toy trailers.
Ticket prices vary depending upon age and whether you are interested in both the indoor and outdoor attractions. Families of four or more can save money by purchasing a Family Day Pass.
The Dinosaur trail begins in the courtyard near the Dino Playground. The trail itself is a wide hard packed path that is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.
The trail makes a loop that travels through the geological time periods beginning with the Triassic and continuing through the Late Cretaceous when the Tyrannosaurus rex was the reigning king of the dinosaurs.
At each station along the trail you will find dinosaurs representing a particular species that roamed the earth during that time period. Striking life like poses each group is arranged in various settings such as hunting or foraging.
Each stop includes a plaque that is covered with a treasure trove of information including a sample footprint and a world map showing areas of discovery from around the globe for that particular species. We were hoping to find a book in the gift shop composed of each of the plaques but alas none was available at time.
Some of these dinosaurs will have you looking back over your shoulder. You might even feel like you are being stalked.
It is very enlightening to learn of the varying range of sizes as represented by each species and to be able to compare the size of one type of dinosaur to another.
The Diplodocus stop is one where a gap in the fence that lines the trail gives visitors the opportunity to get off the trail and get a closer look. Doing so leaves one with a profound perspective of size and scale.
The trail also has several dig sites where children can play like paleontologists and search through the sand for buried dinosaurs.
It looks like Moab is experiencing a Jurassic invasion.
The last dinosaurs along the trail are the massive T-Rex measuring about 20 feet tall and 40 feet long.
This is a perspective that you never would have dreamed of that you can get at Moab Giants. There is something that is almost eerie about standing so close beneath a striding T-Rex even if it is just a replica.
There is plenty more to do if you opted to purchase the indoor/outdoor pass. After viewing the 3D movie and touring the museum some people even decide to make a final loop around the Dinosaur trail. Other outdoor activities include the playground and a petroglyph area. The museum uses modern technologies to provide interactive games and learning experiences and it also has an authentic dinosaur track that they say was found right here on site. If you would like to experience the dinosaur journey of a lifetime then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.