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BLM hosts grand opening of dinosaur trail April 1

FILE - Dinosaur tracks at Moab shown in comparison with a human foot. The Bureau of Land Management’s Moab field office invites the public to the grand opening of the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Trail on Friday, April 1, near Moab.
FILE - Dinosaur tracks at Moab shown in comparison with a human foot. The Bureau of Land Management’s Moab field office invites the public to the grand opening of the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Trail on Friday, April 1, near Moab.
Mike Coronella

MOAB — The Bureau of Land Management’s Moab field office invites the public to the grand opening of the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Trail. This short interpretive trail features more than 200 tracks, representing eight types of tracks and six dinosaurs.

An opening ceremony is planned for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1, in the parking lot at the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Trailhead. This will be a kid-friendly event with tours. Paleontologists will be on hand to answer questions about the dinosaurs and other fossils in the area, including the best ways to view and enjoy them, how scientists study them, and how to protect these amazing resources.

To get to the trailhead, drive 15 miles north of Moab on U.S. 191. Turn left on the dirt road marked Mill Canyon. Follow the signs for the next 0.8 miles to the parking lot for the trail, located to the right in the rock-lined parking area.

The site was discovered in 2009. Since 2013, a professional team of paleontologists have uncovered, recorded and studied the tracks. They discovered both meat-eating and plant-eating dinosaurs, as well as a bird and crocodile. Some of the most unique tracks belong to a relative of the Utahraptor. These new tracks were previously unknown in North America.

For more information, contact ReBecca Hunt-Foster, BLM Canyon Country district paleontologist, at 435-259-2100.