Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
486.00 ft (148.13 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.70 mi (5.95 km)
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The Dinosaur Stomping Grounds can be accessed from the northernmost trailhead for the Megastep mountain bike area. This area is said to have over 2,000 dinosaur tracks in only a 2-acre area. From the parking area, the trail parallels the Megastep mountain bike trail and reaches a sign and junction with the mountain bike trail. Here the hiking trail turns left on varied terrain marked with yellow blazes. Follow the trail into a shallow wash. Soon the trail exits the wash onto a vast slick rock area.

Once on the slick rock area, the trail turns left. Follow the left edge of the slick rock, and look for the tracks after about a quarter of a mile. Continue to follow the edge of the slick rock with an embankment on the left. Many of the tracks have rocks placed around them, but many do not. Search as long as you want...you may find some real gems.

For an excellent view of the northern reaches of Arches National Park, continue past the slick rock.  The trail will cross the Alaska mountain bike trail with an excellent view point.  Return the way you came to reach the trailhead.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Dinosaur tracks.

Cons

High temperatures in summer.

Trailhead Elevation

4,731.00 ft (1,442.01 m)

Highest point

5,222.00 ft (1,591.67 m)

Features

Historically significant
Geologically significant
Big vistas
Family friendly

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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