PRICE, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office welcomes visitors to the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, which is now open. The Quarry will be open this spring season on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a $5 per adult fee for admission to the site to help cover a portion of the operating costs. The restrooms, buildings and path to the covered quarry are wheelchair-accessible. It’s a great place to explore and spend an afternoon with family and friends. A Junior Explorer Guide is available on the BLM website.
The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry contains the densest concentration of Jurassic dinosaur bones in the world. Since the 1920s, paleontologists have collected and studied more than 12,000 fossil bones at the quarry. An Allosaurusskeleton watches over the visitor center and educational display and is just one of the 70 or more dinosaurs that lived and died here 145 million years ago. As a visitor, you will have the opportunity to view a protected part of the quarry, take a self-guided hike, picnic, and enjoy the towering rock outcrops and vast open landscapes of central Utah.
This season we also have a new Artist in Residence, Jason Huntzinger, whose work will be featured at the visitor center. Jason is an award winning photographer and adjunct professor of art at Utah State University Eastern. His unique approach to photography is rooted in the philosophy that “most of the narrative moves outside the frame, which makes the mystery.” Jason’s work has focused on ghost towns of the intermountain West as well as the unique geologic landscape of eastern Utah. Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, he now calls Helper, Utah his home. Throughout the spring and summer he may be found exploring and photographing the colorful badlands and rock features surrounding the visitor center.
To access the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry from Price, drive south approximately 12 miles on State Highway 10. Turn left onto State Highway 155, and follow the signs to Elmo for five to six miles. Just east of Elmo, turn right onto a graded dirt road and follow the signs 12 miles through the Desert Lake Waterfowl Reserve and on to the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. Maps are available at the BLM office in Price. The road to the quarry is well marked, but there are a number of turns on the dirt road leading to the visitor center. Visitors may also notice the new “Guardians of the Gates” – gate sculptures that were created by Nick Frappier and Kate Kilpatrick-Miller and installed last summer.
For a fun and safe adventure, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have maps, water, food, proper clothing and let someone know where you are going when visiting the deserts of southern Utah.
For additional information about the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, please contact the BLM Price Field Office at (435) 636-3600. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above office. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.