“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.
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.
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.
Great stop. Very interesting and informative. Almost turned around once we pulled in but decided to go on. Well worth the stop. No cost but you should tip your tour guide at least $10...
A super cute little roadside tour, not a tourist trap! It is free to see and You will see fossilized footprints, eggs, bones, jellyfish and more!!! There is a super nice old man who will give you a tour and just asks for tips. 100% must do!!
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.
5 miles off 89. Worth a short 40 minute detour from Grand Canyon to page to do this activity. I tipped $20, then doubled it to $40 when she asked for more. Where else can you touch and walk around dinosaur tracks?
Nice stop! The dinosaur tracks and bones were super cool!!! We tipped our tour guide as he was super informative and knew what he was talking about!
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