Dinosaurs

DID YOU KNOW…

Moab was part of a real life Jurassic Park?

You are about to enter in a time warp; an adventure that will take you back 150 million years ago to when this region was part of a shoreline, attracting dinosaurs to an ancient sea. Imagine this vast desert bursting with life as some of the most varied dinosaurs roamed through here to drink from the water’s edge.

The Moab region is located in the Dinosaur Diamond, a diamond shaped geographical area of Utah and Colorado. This incredible diamond represents the most continuous record of life of any geographic area on earth. Although countless varieties of these beasts claimed Moab as home, the most popular dinosaurs were the Allosaurus, Camptosaurus, Stegosaurus and the Camarasaurus. The Utahraptor also called this area home, and was discovered in the Moab region in 1990’s. The Utahraptor made a Hollywood debut as the star in the wildly popular movie Jurassic Park.

Mild and moist climates during the Jurassic period added to the Morrison Formation which contained a series of clays and sandstone that helped fossilize plants, bones, teeth and even footprints into the landscape. This means that you can discover extremely well defined footprints and dinosaur bones still embedded in the sandstone!

Utah is home to more dinosaur species than any other state, and has the world’s largest collection of mounted dinosaur skeletons. The Dan O’Laurie Museum in Moab has a children’s friendly “hands-on” policy to many of the displays. For those a bit more adventurous, any of the destinations in this pamphlet will take you back in time to imagine how these enormously powerful creatures lived as you walk along the fossils, bones and well-defined footsteps in the rocks. Ask for our Dinosaur Guide Map at the Aarchway Inn and relive Moab’s Jurassic Park days and set your imagine free!