Moab, Utah

Hike to the Klondike Bluff Dinosaur Track

3 Miles Total - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by John Maurizi

Hike to well preserved dinosaur track in the slick rock. Be sure to continue past the first set for better examples!

I think these tracks are the best in Moab. Take route 191 north out of Moab for about 13 miles (mile post 142). Klondike Bluff road is on the right. If you pass the airport, you went too far. This road is easily accessed with two wheel drive cars. The parking area is at the end where you will see a wired fence and gate. Beyond this is mountain biking and 4 wheeling. This is nice to hike as well if you only want to see the dinosaur tracks. Follow the Klondike road trail on a double track road. This can be very sandy in the beginning. The road turns right and into a wash type trail. Hike this for about a half mile and as soon as you emerge from this onto slick rock 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 do 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 you eyes on the ground and as the hill begins to crest the slick rock, you will find several lines of tracks.

The remote setting and solitude definitely add to the experience of viewing dinosaur tracks.

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Finding the tracks

Sorry you could not find your way. I asked staff to load a few more pictures, one of the kiosk sign where you should have parked and another showing the narrow wash to turn up. It goes through the notch on the horizon. Walking up the trail about 3/4 of a mile it will appear that the trail turns right and enters this rocky wash. Once you exit, the slick rock opens up and there are tracks right at the mouth of the wash. When the mountain bike trail turns left and leave the slick rock, stay straight on the slick rock to see the second set of tracks. When I go again I will be sure to mark coordinates. The visitor center in Moab also has some details and by now, may have coordinates.

Couldn't Find Them

We followed the directions but didn't find the slick rock that the OP said was at the end. It was a 3-way split of bike trails instead :(

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