The tracks at Moccasin Mountain date from between 180 and 190 million years ago, during the Early Jurassic Period. Scientists believe that at that time, this part of southern Utah was nearer to the equator and much closer to sea level. Back then, the area was an oasis where dinosaurs came to drink, leaving their footprints in the wet sand. Over time, those footprints gradually hardened into the tracks we have today.
Getting to the dinosaur track site is relatively easy, but it does require an all-terrain or four-wheel drive vehicle. Before you visit the site, pick up a free brochure and map at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) Visitor Center at 669 South Highway 89A, Kanab, Utah. There is also a free activity sheet specially geared toward school-aged youth as a fun, interactive guide to the site.
For more details, contact the GSENM Kanab Visitor Center at (435) 644-1300 and watch the nine-minute video on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbhr5XRNAqQ.
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