St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm

The museum protects an extremely rare set of dinosaur tracks as well as hundreds of fossil fish, plants and rare dinosaur remains.
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Dinosaur footprint in the Lower Jurassic Moenave Formation at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site

Dinosaur footprint in the Lower Jurassic Moenave Formation at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site

This is a must-stop site. Although it looks unimpressive when you enter, with a little patience and the help of one of the volunteer guides, you will find that you are standing in one of the most unique sites in the world.

The building is basically a big shed that protects an extremely rare set of dinosaur tracks as well as hundreds of fossil fish, plants and rare dinosaur remains -- like skin prints.

Once, during the Early Jurassic era about 195 million years ago, it was the site of a freshwater lake named Lake Dixie. It includes the largest and most well preserved dinosaur swim tracks and a fascinating set of sitting impressions that show the meat-eating dinosaur waiting for his prey, shifting, walking away and then eating it.

The temporary exhibit "Hatching the Past" the Babies of Theropods runs through August, 2009 and was featured in National Geographic Magazine.

It looks at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos. The "Feathered Dinosaurs, Eggs, and Babies" portion of the exhibit is offered by the site. "The [St. George] collection is going to be the most important in the world for the researchers working on early Jurassic footprints," said Gerard Gierlinski, Polish Geological Institute, Warsaw, Poland.

For More Information:
(435)574-3466
2180 East Riverside, St George, UT
www.dinosite.org

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