PUBLIC PALEONTOLOGICAL TRACKSITES OF EASTERN UTAH
A majority of public paleontological sites in this region consist of dinosaur tracksites. These range from late Triassic to mid-Cretaceous sites, with a majority occurring during the mid-Jurassic. While thousands of tracksites exist in eastern Utah, there are eleven public sites for visitors to investigate, such as the Red Fleet Tracksite, the Bull Canyon Tracksite, and the Dinosaur Stomping Grounds. The newest of these public sites, the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite located north of Moab, preserves abundant Early Cretaceous fossil tracks, including those of dinosaurs, crocodiles and birds. This site combines traditional on site interpretation, while also including public educational components through guided tours and school curriculum activities that are freely available for teachers to utilize on site or through distance learning opportunities.
Public paleontological sites are an effective means of increasing the understanding of fossil resources and the values of preservation and protection, as well as fostering an awareness of the significance of paleontological resources on public lands. Through the development of these sites millions of visitors have been reached, allowing a unique opportunity not available in many regions.