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Rugged canyons, rock formations, and lush vegetation

Utahraptor State Park

Wildlife and some of the largest dinosaur fossils in the world

Utahraptor State Park is located in the heart of Utah and offers some of the most breathtaking views in the state. The park encompasses more than 6,500 acres of rugged canyons, rock formations, and lush vegetation that provide a unique backdrop for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and rock climbing. Visitors to Utahraptor State Park can also enjoy a variety of wildlife and some of the largest dinosaur fossils in the world.

Visitors to Utahraptor State Park will find a variety of activities available for them to enjoy. Hiking is a popular activity in the park, with more than 8 miles of trails to explore. Guests can also enjoy camping in the park, either at one of the many campgrounds or by setting up their own tent under the stars. Rock climbing is another popular activity available, and there are several challenging routes for experienced climbers as well as easier ones for beginners.

History

The park is named after Utahraptor, a large carnivorous dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period. Fossils from this species were first discovered in nearby Moab and Carbon County in 1993. Since then, paleontologists have found dozens of different species at Utahraptor State Park, including Allosaurus and Stegosaurus. The park is also home to more than two dozen dinosaur tracks, which can be seen throughout the park.

One of the newest state parks in Utah, established in 2021, Utahraptor State Park features a variety of amenities designed to make visitors' stay comfortable and memorable. The park has several picnic areas, a playground for children, and several restrooms.

Wildlife

Utahraptor State Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including numerous bird species, mammals, and reptiles. The park has a wide variety of bird species living in it, such as bald eagles, hawks, and ospreys. Commonly seen mammals include deer, elk, bobcats, and coyotes. Reptiles such as lizards and snakes can also be found in the park.

Geology

In addition to its dinosaur fossils, Utahraptor State Park also has a fascinating geology. The park is located near Moab, Utah, on the edge of the Colorado Plateau and features several canyons and rock formations that were formed millions of years ago. Visitors can explore these geological wonders as they hike or camp in the park. The park is also home to numerous mineral deposits and fossils, providing a unique look at the Earth’s history.

Planning a trip to Utahraptor State Park

Visitors planning a trip to Utahraptor State Park should be sure to bring the proper equipment and supplies. This includes water, food, first-aid kits, appropriate clothing, and camping gear if they plan on staying overnight. Those who are going rock climbing should also bring their own safety equipment. All visitors should be aware of the local wildlife and take the appropriate precautions to ensure their safety.

Utahraptor State Park offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the history of dinosaur fossils and view some of the most stunning landscapes in Utah. With its diverse wildlife, geological wonders, and beautiful scenery, this new Utah state park could become one of the most popular state parks in the future. Whether visitors are looking for a day-long adventure or an overnight camping trip, Utahraptor State Park is sure to be a memorable experience.

lodging/camping

Utahraptor State Park offers several camping options for visitors. The park features a variety of campgrounds with amenities such as fire rings, picnic tables, and restrooms. Visitors can also choose to rough it in the backcountry by setting up their own tent or hammock. If you want a more luxurious stay, Moab, Utah has a few hotels and motels to accommodate you and your group.

dining

The nearest restaurants to Utahraptor State Park are located in Moab. Here, visitors can find a variety of dining options including Mexican, American, and Italian cuisine. If you’re looking for something more casual, there are also several fast-food restaurants and convenience stores nearby.

Fees/permits

For day use, the fee is $10 per vehicle and $8 for Seniors 62 and older. For camping, it's a $15 fee, per vehicle, per night. For more information about fees and permits, visit the state park website for all amounts for Utahraptor State Park.

Pets

Pets are welcome in Utahraptor State Park as long as they remain on a leash. It is the owner’s responsibility to clean up after their pet and keep them under control at all times. Pets must not disturb wildlife or other visitors and must stay out of park buildings.

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