“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 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.
Cool area to stop and get a short tour. MUCH better than we expected!!!!!
Not what I expected at all. Of course it's hot! It's the middle of July LOL. The people were really friendly.
This place was a perfect pit stop for our 4 kids! So cool to see real dinosaur tracks and fossils, and the guides were very nice and only asked for a donation. We spent about 20 minutes here- it is HOT! Literally wide open dry desert, so bring water.
Interesting place. Guide was great. Very informative.
Nice to stop by and take a look at the tracks. Wouldn't spend too much time walking around, but it's really interesting.
This is so worth it. I've been twice, and the guides are informative and friendly. They walk you through in great detail and tell you about the different tracks, fossilized eggs, evidence of water once plentiful there, and even fossilized poops. It's by suggested donation, but I donated both times because they are taking time from their day to really connect with you and marvel over these tracks.
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