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Warner Valley Dinosaur Tracks

The Warner Valley is located in a remote area south-east of St George Utah near the Arizona border. This is a beautiful valley with towering red rock mountains to the north whith numerous purple dune shaped hills at their base. It is quite breathtaking.

The dinosaur tracks are located at the base of the red mountains in a wash formed of red brown rock. There are numerous tracks both large and small. There is one distinct trackway of 6 or 8 large tracks each about 13 inches in length and another of smaller tracks about 6 inches in length.

These tracks are of the Eubrontes and Grallator classification of dinosaurs. Eubrontes and Grallator is the name of the footprints, identified by their shape, and not of the type of dinosaur that made them.

A typical Eubrontes print is from 10 to 20 inches long, with three toes that terminate in sharp claws. They were from biped carnivorous dinosaurs that must have been over three feet high at the hip and from 15 to 20 feet long. The most famous member of this type is the Tyrannosaurus dinosaur.

The name Grallator translates into “stilt walker”, much like the long-legged wading birds, such as storks and herons. Grallator footprints are characteristically three-toed and range from 2 to 6 inches long.

From the parking lot there is a short trail to the well marked site.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = easy

Distance: 1/4 mile return – easy
Elevation gain: <50 feet - easy Terrain: wide sandy rocky trail with one hill - easy Exposure: none - easy To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

From North on I-15 take Exit 8 to St. George Blvd. Turn left on St. George Blvd. Travel 0.2 miles and turn right on River Road. Travel 1.8 miles and turn left on 1450 South. Travel 2 miles and turn left on 1580 South. Travel 1.5 miles and turn right on Washington Fields Road. Travel 2 miles and turn left. (sign here) Travel 8 miles and turn left. (sign here) Travel 0.5 miles to site parking area (GPS N37.02309, W113.36713). The dinosaur site is located at N37.02494, W113.36597.

From South on I-15 take Exit 8 to St. George Blvd. Turn right on St. George Blvd. Travel 0.1 miles and turn right on River Rd. Travel 1.8 miles and turn left on 1450 South. Travel 2 miles and turn left on 1580 South. Travel 1.5 miles and turn right on Washington Fields Road. Travel 2 miles and turn left. (sign here) Travel 8 miles and turn left. (sign here) Travel .5 miles to site parking area.

From Hurricane take 700W south off State Street (SR9) for 2.2 miles and turn right on Airport Road, 1100W. Drive 4.3 miles south and veer left just south of the Sky Ranch airport runway. Drive another 2.3 miles and turn right. Drive 1.9 miles and turn right. Drive 1.6 miles and come to a tee. Turn right to the dinosaur site and left to Fort Pearce. Drive 0.5 miles to the parking area.

Directions from I15 exit 8 to the site

Road to site from Hurricane

For a one page printout of the directions to this trail click Directions to Warner Valley Dinosaur Tracks

Road Condition

The road from St George is a good gravel road except for some rough spots. The sand dune section of the road that was difficult to get through has been cemented over so this section is no longer a problem.

Alternatively the road from Hurricane is no problem. Once you leave the pavement going south from Hurricane the gravel road is rough for a couple of miles but is smooth the rest of the way.

The Trail

The trail from the parking lot is about 1/6 th of a mile with a short steep hill which can be navigated easily.

Here are some of the pictures we took.