This is a great, short hiking trail for families of all ages! The first part of the trail is a little bit sandy, but doesn’t last too long. It changes to a solid trail that leads right down to the dinosaur tracks. As you bottom out on the trail you will see a slate rock surface in part of the stream bed to the left of the trail. In the hardened sedimentary rock you can find 17 well preserved dino tracks presumed to be from Grallator, Kayentapus, and Eubrontes dinosaurs, which paleontologists suggest were bipedal, meat-eating theropods during the Jurassic Period. Access to the trail head is over a dirt road that is passable by most vehicles.
|ROUND TRIP LENGTH:||.5 miles|
|AVERAGE HIKE TIME:||15-35 mins|
|GPS COORDINATES:||Trailhead: 37°9’20″N 113°30’13″W Dinosaur Tracks: 37°9’21″N 113°30’6″W|
|PROPERTY MANAGEMENT:||Red Cliffs National Conservation Area|
|USER GROUPS:||Hikers, Dogs, Bikers, Equestrian|
|HIKE TYPE:||Day Hike|
|BEST TIME OF YEAR TO HIKE:||Spring, Fall, Winter|
|BEST TIME OF DAY TO HIKE:||Morning, Evening|
|GROUP LIMIT:||No Limit|
|PERMIT INFORMATION:||No permit required|
|WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE:||No water available|
|CAMP SITES:||No camping available|
|TRAIL CONDITIONS:||Sandy single track, hard single track|
|SUN EXPOSURE:||Full sun exposure|
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD
Map to Trailhead. From St George, head north on I-15 for approximately 2 miles and take exit 10 to Washington City. Turn left onto Green Springs Drive and take an immediate right onto Buena Vista Boulevard and continue for about 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Main Street and follow for .5 miles. Turn right at the “Y” in the road and follow it for approximately .25 miles. Turn left at the “Y” and head up the hill toward the water tank. Continue past the water tank until you see the trailhead for Dino Cliffs Trail on the right. Park on the left and get on the trail!
Why hike this trail?
- Awesome payoff at the end
- Short, family friendly
- Great views of amazing red cliffs and Pine Valley Mountain
- 17 well preserved dinosaur tracks