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Hiking Silver Reef Dino Tracks - Leeds Hiking Silver Reef Dino Tracks
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Overview


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RATING: Easy Hike / Roadside Attraction
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
MAPS: HARRISBURG JUNCTION, UT
WATER: Available at trailhead.
SEASON: Any, hot in summer.
Wed Hi:40 Lo:22 Thu Hi:31 Lo:31 Fri Hi:32 Lo:27 Sat Hi:42 Lo:23 Sun Hi:45 Lo:27
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For the amateur paleontologist, the short hike is an excellent outing to fossilized dinosaur tracks. The tracks used to be a somewhat lesser known attraction, but recent improvements including information signs, make it an easy to find and popular outing. It is fascinating to realize those tracks were formed millions of years ago, and still very visible. If camping in the campground, or visiting the excellent Red Reef trail, be sure to make this short side trip. This is short enough it should be accessible by most.

Note: It should go without saying, but do not walk on or otherwise touch the tracks. Though they have been around for millions of years, wear for people walking or touching them will dimish their quality. Also, if continuing to the overlook, key an eye out. We saw at least additional track in the trail to the overlook.

Getting There

Note: The trailhead currently requires (2018) a $5 per car load day use fee, or $15 overnight camping fee. The campground is excellent and first come, first serve.

The trailhead is on the west side of I-15 near Leeds.

If coming from the north on I-15:

  • Take exit 23 off I-15, go left under the freeway, then turn right on Main Street.
  • Follow Main Street south through town and turn right at 3.5 miles. This is signed, and quickly goes under the freeway via a narrow tunnel. After the freeway, go left and follow the road 1.5 miles to the campground. The trailhead is signed at the very west side of the campground loop.

If coming from the south on I-15:

  • Take exit 16, and travel toward Hurricane.
  • A mile from the freeway, turn left onto 6300 W/Old Hwy 91.
  • Follow Old Highway 91 for 4.1 miles. Turn left at 4.1 miles toward the signed Red Cliffs Campground.
  • The road quickly goes under the freeway via a narrow tunnel. After the freeway, go left and follow the road 1.5 miles to the campground. The trailhead is signed at the very west side of the campground loop.

Route

From the trailhead, the trail climbs north a short distance to a junction. Go right for less than a minute to reach the signed dinosaur prints.

For the overlook, go right at the junction. The trail climbs a little bit to an overlook. The views from the overlook are colorful and excellent.


Maps

Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12S 286582mE 4122511mN

N37° 13' 29" W113° 24' 20"

Dino Jct

12S 286624mE 4122575mN

N37° 13' 31" W113° 24' 18"

Dino Tracks

12S 286658mE 4122561mN

N37° 13' 31" W113° 24' 17"

Overlook

12S 286794mE 4122642mN

N37° 13' 33" W113° 24' 11"

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