Trail Through Time
Imagine walking across a dry, windswept rocky mesa, the drone of an interstate just out of earshot, and discovering dinosaur bones! Located only 30 miles west of Grand Junction in Rabbit Valley, this interpreted stroll along a trail through a dinosaur quarry is a rewarding diversion for both dinosaur fans and rock hounds. Considered the southeastern tip of the Dinosaur Diamond, which extends southwest to Moab, Utah, north to Vernal, Utah, and west to Price, Utah, the Trail Through Time is riddled with fossilized dinosaur bones and plant material. Before beginning the walk, tell children that 140 million years ago this high desert was a lush floodplain—dotted with lakes, forest, rivers, and ponds where dinosaurs roamed and flying reptiles soared. Amidst giant ferns and heavy clouds, all that could be heard was the rumble of thunder, the buzz of insects, and the sudden roars of prehistoric creatures. Perhaps the dinosaur devotee of your group can add to the picture.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Grand Junction|
|Skill Level||Easy for children|
|Season||March to November|
|Trailhead Elevation||4,700 ft|
|Top Elevation||4,820 ft|
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