Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm
First a little background for the geology buffs. In 2000, a local optometrist Dr. Sheldon Johnson was leveling a hill on his property in St. George, when he found a thick level of sandstone as he removed layers of sedimentary rock. As he removed large blocks of rocks, Dr. Johnson discovered a fully preserved, three-dimensional dinosaur track that was visible in both the brittle clay below and also on the bottom of the sandstone block. The track was just one of thousands made by dinosaurs and other animals almost 200 million years ago on the shores of an ancient lake near St. George.
Experts converged on the site to verify and reveal an extensive “trackway” found on the farm. Realizing that these dinosaur tracks would be best served if they were maintained for scientific and educational purposes, Dr. Johnson and his wife LaVerna donated the found tracks and arranged for the land to be cared for by the City of St. George. This is now the museum found here today at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm.
But it’s not just the dinosaur tracks that draw local and international geology enthusiasts year after year. Many other fossils have been found in the area (like fish bones, dinosaur bones, leaves and plant seeds, and aquatic animal shells) that have allowed paleontologists to reconstruct the approximately 200-million-year-old ecosystem, with a clarity that some call “unprecedented” and a “rarity for rocks of any time period.”
The museum isn’t just for geologists. Families and children will have a great time here following dinosaur tracks along the ground, making tracks on their own, uncovering replica fossils or putting together dinosaur puzzles.
Plan Your Trip
To find events at the museum during your visit, check out the museum website.
The St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm is located at 2180 East Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790. Winter hours (Oct 1-Feb. 28) are Mon-Sat 10am - 5pm, and closed on Sundays. Summer hours (Mar.1-Sept. 30) are Mon-Sat 1am - 6pm, and Sundays 11am-5pm. The museum is open for all summer holidays, including Memorial Day, July 4th, Pioneer Day (July 24th), and Labor Day.
Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 4-11, and children under 4 are free.
GPS Coordinates: 37.101096, -113.5369087