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( Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times )
Prehistoric dinosaur sites
Distance: 725 miles one-way
The bluffs and hills on the outskirts of mountain biking hub Moab were as red as a sunburn and barren, save for a few juniper trees and clumps of rabbit brush.
As I hiked up a gentle slope to a flat stretch of sandstone, I saw them -- bigger and more clearly defined than I had expected. Dinosaur tracks. I crouched by the gnarly three-toed prints and ran my fingers along the curve of the claw and pressed my palm inside the hubcap-size impression. It was a creepy feeling occupying the same spot as an SUV-sized lizard that could have devoured me like a squirming chicken McNugget.
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