Moki Dugway road, San Juan County, Utah
Photographer: Michael Vanden Berg; ©2011

Moki Dugway road ascends 1,100 feet in about three miles connecting the valley floor to Cedar Mesa, Utah Route 261 northwest of Mexican Hat, San Juan County.

A group of local outfitters is offering a cash reward in connection to the theft of a Jurassic period dinosaur track near Moab last week. The reward money donated by the outfitters will be in addition to a $1,000 reward now being offered by Bureau of Land Management (BLM), said Melissa Neron of Coyote Land Tours.


“Spot the Rock” is back this week with these towering giants. Can you guess where in Utah this feature is found?

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Looking Glass Rock, San Juan County, Utah
Photographer: Taylor Boden; ©2011

The window of Looking Glass Rock eroded through the Jurassic-age Entrada Sandstone, northern San Juan County.

Sometime between six and nine million years ago, in a stretch of the Pacific Ocean just off of South America, something kept killing whales. Lots of them.


La Sal Mountains, Grand and San Juan Counties, Utah
Photographer: Mark Milligan; ©2011

Mount Tukuhnikivatz, a prominent peak in the La Sal Mountains, is an erosional remnant of magma that rose from depth (but never reached the surface) about 28 million years ago, forcing through and pushing up the area’s layered sedimentary rocks. View from the U.S. Forest Service Warner Lake guard station.

For those of you following the stolen dino tracks from Moab, here is another great article related to the matter.

Paleontologists have a bone to pick with fossil aficionados who are fueling an international black market for the prehistoric specimens.


Read the previous post on the stolen tracks HERE.

Scientists have used a powerful new technique to prove that some tiny crystals found in Western Australia are indeed the oldest known materials formed on Earth.


Wasatch Range, Utah County, Utah
Photographer: Adam McKean; © 2011

A colorful mosaic of fall colors on Provo Peak (11,068 feet), composed of Mississippian- and Pennsylvanian-age rock layers, Wasatch Range, Utah County.

Ogden Canyon, Weber County, Utah
Photographer: Ken Krahulec; ©2011

Large Z-shaped fold of Mississippian rock layers in upper Ogden Canyon, just below Pineview Reservoir, Weber County.