“formed in the early Jurassic period”
The Tuba City Dinosaur Track Site is located just 5 miles away from the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites. Visitors can explore dinosaur tracks that were left millions of years ago. The tracks were formed in the early Jurassic period, about 202 to 200 million years ago. Several different types of dinosaurs are represented by their tracks at this site, all of them are carnivores. Fossil footprints, also called trace fossils, are classified not according to what animal created them, but rather by their form, since its impossible to know for sure if two unrelated animals made similar tracks. dinosaur-tracks-2Based on the age of the rocks and the fossils of carnivorous dinosaurs in the area, it's likely that animals such as Coelophysis kayentakatae and Dilophosaurus wetherilli made the tracks at the Tuba City site. The hike is fairly easy and mostly flat; it winds around several stone spires and past hundreds of tracks. There are usually Native American guides hanging out around the site who are willing to guide you around the site and tell you the legends and science behind the tracks.
Sweet little roadside stop right on 160. There are a couple little makeshift vendor stands that you may get slightly pressured to look at. Also expect to be offered a tour which is customary to provide a tip. I've heard $5 to $10 or more depending on how far you go and the size of your group. It shouldn't take more than 20 minutes. Also take what they say with a grain of salt. They'll tell you there is a T. rex track that doesn't fit with this time period. From my research they tell you of a dinosaur skeleton that's really just attractively formed sandstone. Really cool though and worth the stop.
Great roadside stop to see the dinosaur prints! Have cash with you to give a tip for the tour as locals give you a tour of the print locations. They do tell you the type of dinosaur print it is, but not sure if its accurate or not as I do not know anything about dinosaurs. There are a few people selling jewelry as well. With a bit of shopping too we spent about 45 minutes here with our kids. Overall great stop and value.
We were going to stop, however it looked a tad sketchy. We also are in an RV, so the road was a bit too tough. Garbage lying everywhere. No biggie, as was along our route, but decided not to check out.
Fantastic tour. Great stop along our way. Very interesting and informative. Loved it!
I have to say this was totally worth the stop. Let me warn you though take caution. This is owned by the natives. There has been some troubles with the law at this site. The lovely indian lady explained that the area has its history or bad press so to speak after hours usually. So skip it if you roll in at dusk. She cautioned us to just be watchful. The jewelry they make is top of the line.
The tour was so much fun and knowing what we saw there it was nice to actually see the real fossils and touch it! Cannot do that at the National Parks as they are protected. Let me say the narrative is off in true descriptions of the fossils. Those round eggs are not eggs at all. We learned identification visiting the National Parks. So have fun with it support the locals. You wont regret it, i hope.
Cool stop for see some tracks. Navajo gentleman showed us around and informed us which track belonged to what dinosaur. My daughter really enjoyed this. The address listed is not correct. Coordinates are 36.1033N, 111.3175W.
This was so neat. The rout on road trippers is off about a mile. We did see a sign but navigated pasted it following road trippers.
We were greeted by a Navajo tribe. The lady and 83 year old grandma guided us an told us about their culture. He daughter took us on a short trek. It was hot at the time but we saw bones, feet prints skulls and eggs of dinosaur! It was free but I couldn’t resist buying there hand made jewelry. We each took something back her 83 year old mother hand made and sturdy and quality jewelry.
We stopped at this site along our trip and were immediately greeted by a friendly tour guide. Our guide was John from Edgewater tours. He was knowledgeable and very kind to my 6 year old. He showed us numerous fossils throughout the desert. The tour was free, but we made a donation and bought a pair of earrings to thank him for his time. We were only there for about 20 minutes, but it was a unique addition to our travels!
We stopped here as part of our family's Amazing Race trip out west. I already knew that we would be approached to have a guide but was surprised at how quick people approached our car. My husband is an archaeologist and didn't agree with too much our guide said but she did a great job at taking us back in time and telling us some of the Navajo beliefs while holding a toddler. She took her time and honestly we would have missed some things had we not had a guide. There were a few vendors, one we even bought some very beautiful and inexpensive jewelry from. Some of the vendors were drunk and/or high, we watched them stumble up from the main road but that honestly allowes us to have a great talk with our kids about compassion and different cultures. I am not sure we would stop here again.
Very cool to see real Dino prints. Stayed about 1 hour and paid one of the native to show us around. Kids really enjoyed it.
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