Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Henry Mountain Field Station is partnering with the Burpee Museum of Rockford, Ill., to conduct free guided tours at the Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry. Daily tours for the public begin May 29 and run through June 7. No tours will be offered on Sunday, June 1.
Three tours will be offered each day at: 11 a. m., 1 p. m., and 3 p. m. Tours last approximately forty minutes. Groups will be limited to a maximum of twenty-five people per tour on a first come, first served basis. Visitors unable to visit the site at the times of the guided tours can do a self-guided tour using a brochure with map that will be available on-site. All visitors are required to sign in at the big tent before starting the tour at the Burpee Dinosaur Quarry.
Tours will only be offered under favorable weather
Paleontologists from the Burpee Museum will lead daily tours, talk about current and past excavations, and answer all sorts of dinosaur questions. The Hanksville-Burpee dinosaur quarry site is approximately 145-150 million years old. Located in a preserved river channel, the quarry contains the fossilized remains of multiple dinosaur skeletons, animal burrows and large petrified tree trunks. To date, the quarry has yielded long-necked sauropods, carnivorous dinosaurs and a herbivorous Stegosaurus.
The Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry is located approximately 10 miles northwest of Hanksville, Utah and is about a 25-30 minute drive from Highway 24. From Torrey, take Hwy 24 east toward Hanksville. After passing the new Fremont dam (south side) outside Hanksville, take a left (north) on Cow Dung dirt road for about 7.5 miles. Notification signs will be posted off of Highway 24 detailing whether the quarry tours are operating each day.
Know Before You Go
Summer temperatures may reach the upper 90s; each visitor is expected to carry at least a quart of water to sustain them during the hour long trek and should arrive prepared for hiking on undeveloped land. Sturdy shoes and clothing that complements weather conditions are advised. There are no developed facilities located at the quarry site.
The road into the site is not maintained for passenger cars. High clearance vehicles are recommended to access the quarry and four-wheel drive vehicles may be necessary during and/or after storm events. More specific directions and other information regarding this site can be obtained by contacting the BLM office in Hanksville, Utah at 380 South 100 West, or call (435) 542-3461.