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BLM offers reward for info on vandalism at Moccasin Mountain Dinosaur Tracksite

The Bureau of Land Manage­ment will offer a reward for information that leads to the identification and conviction of the individual(s) respon­sible for vandalism within the Moccasin Mountain Dinosaur Tracksite. The world-class pa­leontological resource viewing area is managed by the Kanab Field Office located in south central Utah, near the Arizona border, southwest of Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. The BLM condemns vandalism of cultural and paleontological resources and is working with professional conservators re­sponsible for preservation to remove the graffiti.

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The dinosaur track at the left is an original, preserved dinosaur track. Paleontologists estimate the age of this track to be from the Early Jurassic period, approximately 180 million years ago. The remaining two “tracks” were recently carved along with a few other smaller pieces of graffiti in the immediate area. Photo courtesy of BLM.

“We have a shared steward­ship to protect public lands for the protection, preserva­tion and enjoyment of future generations,” said Paria River District Manager Harry Bar­ber. “We take acts of vandalism seriously, and it is important that those responsible are held accountable.”


The Moccasin Mountain Dinosaur Tracksite, located within a Navajo sandstone wash, contains hundreds of tracks from several different species, including dinosaurs. These tracks have survived for millions of years but are incredibly fragile and easily damaged. To prevent further damage, please do not attempt to mold and cast the tracks or clean or remove graffiti and other vandalism.


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The BLM will offer a $2,000 reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the individual(s) responsible for the vandalism. If you have any information concerning this vandalism, please con­tact BLM Law Enforcement at 435-644-1215 or 435-690- 9573. Callers may remain anonymous.


It is up to all of us to pro­tect public lands for future generations to learn from and enjoy. The BLM encourages everyone who visits public lands to recreate responsibly and practice respectful and re­sponsible Outdoor Ethics and Leave-No-Trace principles. For more information about this site, visit https://www.blm.gov/visit/moccasin-mountain-dinosaur-tracksite.

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