Fossil Point

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Along the easily accessible Fossil Point trail, you can view dinosaur bones from 145 million years ago. Numerous bones and concretions from the Jurassic Era are among the layered and boulder-strewn cliffs. Hidden high up on the point of the colorful ridge, there are reportedly bones of a Sauropod. The unmarked hiking trails are well-used and easy to spot from the parking area with its single-shaded picnic table. Removing dinosaur fossils, even fragments, from protected sites is illegal. Feel free to photograph and touch, but do not remove any fossil evidence.  Fossil Point trail has much more to offer besides fossil hunting. Beyond the fossil area, the trail becomes a scenic and fun 4x4 track leading down to the brushy banks of the Green River.

Reaching the Fossil Point site requires high clearance and durable tires, taking about 15 minutes. Deep ruts, soft sand, and small sandstone ledges are 4 to 6 inches tall. Continuing past the fossil site, the trail becomes more difficult and takes about 45 minutes to reach the end. The trail has numerous rock ledges from 6 to 12 inches tall, with off-camber hills and narrow switchback ledges. You will need 4x4 low-range gearing for loose hills and deep washouts. Camping in this rugged terrain was limited to the open sandy areas along the river.