Cow Dung Road

Total Miles
7.4

Elevation

1390.62 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

winter, fall, summer, spring

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Trail Overview

A well-maintained dirt road that offers some incredible views of the very unique desert landscape. Just over 2 miles in, is a neat boulder field and canyon to navigate through. Just North of this, you'll briefly cross from BLM to State land then back to BLM. In the state section, you'll pass the Mars Society Desert Research Station. Please be respectful. As with any desert environment, practice caution in raining/flash flood conditions. This trail crosses a few washes that could be hazardous or dangerous. The route ends at the Hanksville-Burpee dinosaur quarry, one of the largest prehistoric bone beds in North America.

Difficulty

Easy

History

The Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry, located in the Morrison Formation, is one of the largest prehistoric bone beds in North America. This spectacular Jurassic period site (150 million - 145 million years old) contains hundreds of dinosaurs and at least fifteen different species discovered by the paleontology team from the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Illinois.

Technical Rating

2