In the Tracks of Giants | Searching for Dinosaurs in the Southwest

Whether you were obsessed with dinosaurs as a kid, love the idea of giant lizards running around causing chaos, or you just love any movie franchise that stars both Jeff Goldblum and Chris Pratt… Dinosaurs are amazing!

While we’re all for a vacation that spontaneous with no real theme in site, how incredible would it be to take a themed vacation through the southwest in search of dinosaurs?

Check out the list below and share any additional sites with us on Facebook @explore5more

DINOSAUR SITES IN UTAH

PAROWAN GAP PETROGLYPHS & DINOSAUR TRACKS

What do petroglyphs, dinosaur tracks, and incredible sunsets have in common? They can all be found at the Parowan Gap! Less than an hour and a half from Zion National Park and between Cedar City and Brian Head Resort this site is a great place to take a picnic and spend an afternoon.

ST. GEORGE DINOSAUR DISCOVERY SITE AT JOHNSON FARM

The St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site is a fossil site and museum at Johnson Farm that preserves thousands of dinosaur footprints right at the original site of discovery! The site includes an interactive museum with events happening throughout the year at a low cost.

WARNER VALLEY DINOSAUR TRACK SITE

This fun day trip site in Hurricane, UT (on your way to Zion National Park) has interpretive signs, rolling red hills and a short hike to the actual dinosaur tracks. The scenery in the area is worth a trip on its own!

DINOSAUR SITES IN NEVADA

LAS VEGAS NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

What could be better than a natural history museum full of Egyptian history, marine life, and more? DINOSAURS! In the Engelstad Family Prehistoric Life Gallery a 35-foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex lowers its head and roars, striking a sense of awe into the heart of visitors.

BERLIN-ICHTHYOSAUR STATE PARK

This site has the bonus of a well preserved ghost town AND dinosaur fossils! This Nevada state park encompasses both sites alongside some incredible photo opportunities. Stop in Berlin to explore the ghost town and get your fill of western history before seeking out the Icthyosaur fossils.

The fossils here are still in the ground in the original location of discovery, sheltered in place.

SPRINGS PRESERVE NATURE SITE

The Las Vegas Springs Preserve is the perfect get away from the city while staying close to the city. This reserve consists of 180 acres of land dedicated to nature walks and displays and only 3 miles west of downtown Las Vegas! Explore a butterfly exhibit, dinosaur tracks, live animals and more!

DINOSAUR SITES IN ARIZONA

MOENKOPI DINOSAUR TRACKS | NAVAJO NATION

Just off State-Highway 160 you can follow in the footsteps of Arizona’s dinosaurs! This site has hundreds of three-toed tracks belonging to (what is believed to be) a horse-sized, plant-munching Dilophosaurus. Even better? You’ll find evidence of a prehistoric struggle!
Fossilized smashed Dilophosaurus eggs can be spotted near the fossil of a downed adult Dilophosaurus. Look a little closer and you’ll also see a five-inch claw that the T. Rex didn’t mean to leave behind.

ARIZONA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

This museum in downtown Mesa is home to the largest collection of dinosaurs in the state, but it offers even more. See a Triceratops, armor-plated fish fossils and territorial prison cells used to hold outlaws on the frontier. For a hands-on experience check out the museum’s Paleo Dig Pit!

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