Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
385.00 ft (117.35 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
4.50 mi (7.24 km)
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From the parking area you will see a kiosk and a yellow cattle guard giving access to a dirt road. This is the Klondike Road Trail. Follow the trail on a doubletrack road. This can be very sandy in the beginning. When you reach a junction with the Dino Flow mountain bike trail, turn right and follow the road that eventually enters a dry wash. Hike this for about a half mile, and as soon as you emerge from this you will see slick rock directly ahead. When you reach the slick rock area you will see a number of dinosaur tracks marked by stones placed around them for easy identification. Please do not disturb the rocks. Other tracks ahead may or may not have these stones.

Continue on the slick rock following the white dashed lines. The trail will turn left; however, to see more tracks, continue straight on the slick rock staying close to the left edge where the dirt and slick rock meet. Keep your eyes on the ground for many other tracks.  As the hill begins to crest the slick rock, you will find the best tracks.

Also watch for petrified sand ripples. The entire area was once a large body of water. This is the beach area of the prehistoric lake/sea. The ripples are clear evidence the area had an abundance of water and wildlife. The tracks in this area are predominantly those of a carnivorous dinosaurs called allosaurus, which were probably on the hunt for other animals that would come to what was once a large body of water.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Dinosaur tracks.

Cons

Hot during the summer.

Trailhead Elevation

4,664.00 ft (1,421.59 m)

Highest point

4,973.00 ft (1,515.77 m)

Features

Historically significant
Geologically significant
Big vistas

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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