Fossil Discovery Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Jensen, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

Length2.0 miElevation gain209 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingWalkingViewsWildlifeNo shadeFeeNo dogs
Description
Waypoints (0)

Dinosaur National Monument charges a fee to enter. Fees are $25 per vehicle or $20 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $45.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (120)
Photos (55)
Recordings (101)
Completed (243)
View user's profile page
Linda Blazek
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 6, 2020
Hiking
View Linda's Recording
View user's profile page
Norma Patterson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 2, 2020
Hiking

Hot, even in November

View Norma's Recording
View user's profile page
Tom Peterson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 16, 2020
Hiking
View Tom's Recording
View user's profile page
Patrick Gilliland
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 20, 2020
Hiking
View Patrick's Recording
View user's profile page
Savannah Jensen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 15, 2020

It was a nice walk back to the visitor's center. not many fossils to see but my 5 and 2 year old walked the whole thing and had fun, especially on the first half with all the steps.

View user's profile page
Rose Ledezma
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 14, 2020
Hiking

Very easy and interesting. only a little hot while we are out at noon this time of year but I could see it getting hotter on other days. we got our junior ranger badges while we were at it!

View Rose's Recording
View user's profile page
Michaela Matjeka
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 14, 2020
Hiking
View Michaela's Recording
View user's profile page
julie_journeys on instagram
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 14, 2020
Hiking

Cool to see fossils in their natural setting, but I wish they had more signage pointing them out! Nice views and a sweet bonus petroglyph too. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

View user's profile page
Chelsie Collier
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 29, 2020
Hiking

The hike was nice but I didn’t see as many fossils as I would have liked to (they look much different than they do in the quarry). It’s super easy (with steps) but don’t go at 4:00 in the hot summer heat like I did lol

View Chelsie's Recording
View user's profile page
Lee F
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 23, 2020
Hiking

Short and fun. Part of it is by the road. neat fossils and petroglyphs. no shade.

View Lee's Recording
View user's profile page
Sarah Hammill
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 11, 2020
Hiking

It’s warm out. Very pretty. Makes you think of what it must have been like before life as we know it.

View Sarah's Recording
View user's profile page
Ariella Wells
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 26, 2020
HikingNo shade

7/25/2020 no shade. only a few signs to say where something might be. but if you are not familiar its difficult or at least I thought it was. area is relatively ugly or drab compared to where i usually hike. quarry is open as is visitor center. dont forget your masks if you are going to go in

View user's profile page
Stacy Corbin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 17, 2020
Hiking

Difficult to see fossils, but nice downhill if you take to tram to the quarry center first.

View user's profile page
Lisa Christensen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 14, 2020
HikingNo shade

This is a fun little hike. We had kids with us and they did great. Lots of ways to explore. Saw tons of rabbits and lizards. Zero shade and it’s hot. It’s not far, but don’t underestimate the water you will need.

View Lisa's Recording
View user's profile page
Tori Caba
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 20, 2020
Hiking

Easy trail, family friendly but unfortunately not very accessible for those with physical disabilities.

View Tori's Recording
View user's profile page
Rosie H
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 18, 2020

This was a terrible experience for us. The spurs are marked, but misleading. Trails are closed but not marked closed. We found one bone that was huge, but not marked while we were looking for the main attraction (the vertebrae on Morrison Formation). The sign to the Morrison spur said the vertebrae were marked clearly, but the trail ended well before the marker. The Quarry was closed for Covid, and we understand that and are ok with it. But the website to this park is being updated for covid and not mentioning the spurs are closed - and that makes upset kids and a bad time even if the trails are good.

View user's profile page
Shawn Pittman
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 16, 2020
HikingNo shade

Easy hike, fun with a kid.

View Shawn's Recording
View user's profile page
Jude Boudreaux
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 10, 2020
HikingNo shade

Fun trail with 9 and 5yo. During Covid the visitors centers and shuttles were closed so we hiked it up and back down. Not terribly steep and the kids handled it all easily. If the shuttle is running and you want an easier walk, you can start from the top and just walk it downhill.

View Jude's Recording
View user's profile page
Angelica Kane
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 25, 2020
Hiking

It was a good day, I took my little one with me she enjoyed it, I’m glad there was a bit of shade near the rocks! It was a hot day out.. when we got to the top building, there was places to sit, with a bottle refill, definitely a life saver!! We’ll have to come back when the buildings are opened, this trail gave us something to do with this pandemic going on.

View Angelica's Recording
View user's profile page
Dre F
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 18, 2020
Hiking

We hiked this trail today- only 1 other person. Visitor center and quarry are still closed. Hot and dry out- probably should do earlier in the day. At first we weren’t sure what we were looking for in terms of fossils, but keep going down the trail towards the end and there you will see signs and markings and once you know what you’re looking for, you will see more! Very cool!

View user's profile page
Gunnison Clamp
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 22, 2019
Hiking

Great trail, a little more fun way to get to the main visitor center than the road. The people that will love this trail the most are geology buffs. There are about five different rock formations exposed on this trail(be sure to pick up a trail guide brochure at the quarry to help you identify the rocks). In the spur of the trail in the Jurassic Morrison Formation, you can see several large dinosaur fossils, as well as almost countless smaller ones visible to a sharp eye. The trail was pretty easy for kids, and the sun was covered by clouds, so we weren’t burning up. In fact, it was late October and almost too cold! Overall fun trail with a lot of cool rocks and fossils.

View user's profile page
Lord Barnold
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 19, 2019
Hiking

definitely take the side paths and see some cool dinosaur bones!

View Lord's Recording
View user's profile page
Dawn Page
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 17, 2019
Hiking

Skip this. Half of the hike is a view of road and buildings. Much better petroglyphs are available by driving one mile further into the park. Very few fossils are visible to the untrained eye. I suggest going to the quarry visitor center to see fossils and then taking the Sound of Silence hike to see the amazing geology of the park.

View user's profile page
Jeni Mitchell
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 16, 2019
HikingNo shade

So many better trails in Dinosaur National Monument. This one is great if you like doing stairs in the middle of the desert to a destination you could drive to. haha. Actually, we drove up and then 1/2 the family hiked down (more like trail ran down) just to say we'd seen the trail. It was thoroughly unimpressive.

View user's profile page
Evalynn Trumbo
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 13, 2019
HikingNo shade
View Evalynn's Recording
View user's profile page
C P
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 6, 2019
Hiking

Make sure to take this via a ranger-led tour. We got to see real fossils (even some big ones) in the hillsides! The rangers also have a ton of really interesting information that gives a lot more context to what we were seeing.

View C's Recording
View user's profile page
Erick Moeller
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 10, 2019
HikingNo shade
View Erick's Recording
View user's profile page
Aubrey Hallam
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 6, 2019
HikingNo shade

For some reason it did not record my hike. We started from fossil area and walked the trail back to the visitor center. It is fairly easy and down hill. Other than the heat it was smooth sailing.

View user's profile page
Sam G
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 5, 2019
Hiking

Quick easy walk from the Quarry building up top back down to the main visitor center. There is a guided tour every once in a while but it takes an hour and a half or so for them to get through the whole thing that way vs pretty quick just going on your own. The Quarry is the must see going inside to see the fossils preserved in rock wall is incredible!

View Sam's Recording
View user's profile page
Mallory
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 1, 2019
HikingNo shade

A nice short trail connecting the visitor center to the quarry. Hard to find some of the fossils but we had fun looking.

Showing results 1 - 30 of 120