Get Away to Green River
An hour down the road to Green River offers plenty of lodging and dining options. The small town was once the stomping ground for Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch. An outdoor haven for river rafters as well as campers, hikers and, yes, golfers, all will find their happy place at Green River State Park. The town is also known for its homegrown watermelons, the cold-water Crystal Geyser (one of only 15 of its kind in the world), and the John Wesley Powell Museum.
If you’ve been yearning to inspect footprints of massive prehistoric dinosaurs, you’ll be immensely rewarded with opportunities after heading south off Interstate 70 on U.S. 191 toward Moab.
Your first stop will be at mile marker 148, turning east on a dirt road to the trailhead of the Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trackways — a 15-minute easy trek to see tracks in the red rock likely left by the Apatosaurus and the Diplodocus.
A few miles south at mile marker 141, turn west on Mill Canyon Road to explore the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail, a self-guided short hike featuring fossilized bones and wood, as well as more exotic dinosaur tracks.
Dinosaur Tracks Trail (also known as Poison Spider Dinosaur Track) is an easy hike to a tilted boulder above the Colorado River featuring the tracks of the three-toed Allosaurus. To get there, keep traveling south on U.S. 191 and turn right on S.R. 279/Potash Road. Drive south for 6 miles to a right turn toward Poison Spider Mesa trailhead and continue to a parking area and the Dinosaur Tracks trailhead.
Moab: Dinos, Arches, Slickrock and City Strolls
The dramatically weathered red rock formations of picturesque Arches National Park perfectly showcase the meaning of a “natural wonder”. This vast park includes more than 2,000 natural stone arches in addition to scores of soaring spires, pinnacles, massive fins, and gravity-defying balanced rocks. You can view many of the beautiful structures right from your car. Or, set out to explore the area on foot through short or long hiking trails.
After a dazzling visit to Arches, take advantage of Moab’s easy-going downtown full of artistic shops and one-of-a-kind eateries, or take a guided raft trip along the Colorado River. Many lodging options exist for the bed-loving traveler, or if camping is your thing, hundreds of campsites abound, including nearby Dead Horse Point State Park and inside surrounding BLM lands. And of course, Moab is internally known for its mountain biking trails perfect for beginners, experts and those willing to test their mettle on the popular Slickrock Trail.
For one last Utah-dinosaur outing, take a stroll through the Moab Giants Dinosaur Park and Museum, combining indoor and outdoor displays (including an interactive paleo exhibit) to capture the interest of everyone in your family.
From Moab back to Interstate 70, you’ll travel alongside the Colorado River on S.R. 128. The copper-tinged waterway is sandwiched between multi-story rock walls and bluffs on one side and luscious greenery and the roadway on the other. Along the route, you may recognize the famous Fisher Towers that jet up from the wide-open and sage brush-filled earth like expertly designed urban high-rises. A 2.6 mile-trail at the towers beckons you to a stunning 360-degree view of the Colorado River Basin.
Cap Your Adventure in Colorado
Complete the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway through western Colorado with stops in Fruita to visit the Dinosaur Journey Museum and Dinosaur Hill. Then head north toward Rangely to explore the Canyon Pintado National Historic District.
Read the inspirational seven-day itinerary: Trekking Along the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway