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June 18, 2018 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

In 1859, Utah’s first dinosaur discovery uncovered a land 252-million-years-old and the world’s largest collection of dinosaur skeletons. Today, parts of Utah are still reminiscent of the early Jurassic period, with spectacular canyons, rolling sand dunes and isolated mountains.

Small group adventure specialist, Grand American Adventures offers 15 journeys throughout Utah, taking visitors to some of the state’s most iconic national parks, rich in dinosaur heritage.

To celebrate the launch of Jurassic World 2 on 21 June, here is a selection of Grand American Adventures’ departures where visitors can unearth these mighty creatures:

Mesozoic Monuments in Moab

Sedimentary records show that South-eastern Utah is home to bountiful bones of dinosaurs and reptiles since the first division of the Mesozoic Era, Triassic. The dinosaur fossils found in Moab’s impressive rock formations include a large Camarasaurus, a gigantic Brontosaurus and Cretaceous dinosaurs such as Utahraptor and Gastonia. Moab is also home to Moab Giantsdinosaur park, an interactive world transporting visitors back to the prehistoric period, and the Museum of Moab which preserves and displays a collection of dinosaur artefacts.

Take me to Moab: National Parks Walk, 11 days from AU$3,349

Bryce’s Grand Staircase

Scientists believe that the 1.9 million-acre Escalante National Park in Bryce Canyon Country has the largest concentration of dinosaur fossils in the world. Since 2010 when two Ceratopsian skulls from the Cretaceous period, (believed to belong to Triceratops) were found, many dinosaur tracks and bones have been discovered there. Spend the day uncovering the fascinating history of Bryce Canyon National Park on the 13 day Western Explorer tour.

Take me to Bryce: Western Explorer, 13 days from AU$4,392

Dinosaur Footprints in Zion

Millions of years ago, palaeontologists believe two predatory dinosaur species once roamed Zion National Park; the 10-foot-long, lizard-like Megapnosarus and the 20-foot-long, 1000lb Dilophosarus. Their footprints can still be seen in the hardened rock today.

Take me to Zion: Canyons and Indian Lands, 8 days from AU$2,339

Track dinosaurs through Canyonlands’ dunes

When the rain came down on the desert forming lakes in low areas between the sand dunes, a great pile of sand known as Navajo Sandstone formed Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands. One of the lakes is preserved at Horseshoe Canyon and dinosaur and invertebrate tracks have been found there for visitors to discover.

Take me to Canyonlands: Canyon Country In-Depth, 6 days from AU$4,249

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