Discover dinosaurs: Free tours are back at BLM's Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry

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HANKSVILLE, Utah - This spring, delve into prehistoric wonders with a free guided tour of the Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry. Offering an enriching experience for enthusiasts of all ages, the tours will be available during the weeks of May 13, May 20, June 3, June 10, and June 17, 2024. Tours will run Monday through Friday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., and on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., weather permitting. Please note that no tours will be conducted on Sundays.

“The Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry provides a unique window into the lives of dinosaurs that once roamed this region,” said Richfield Field Office Manager David Mortensen. “We urge visitors to adhere to all guidelines, respect the delicate natural environment, and ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone.”

The tours are a collaborative effort between the Bureau of Land Management's Henry Mountains Field Station and the Burpee Museum of Natural History, located in Rockford, Illinois. The knowledgeable staff from Burpee Museum, seasoned in guiding through active excavation sites, will lead the tours. They will share insights into the geology, paleontology, and the distinctive features of the Late Jurassic period in Utah.

Located about 10 miles northwest of Hanksville and a 30-minute journey from Highway 24, the quarry site is best accessed by high-clearance vehicles due to rugged road conditions.

The Henry Mountains Field Station oversees approximately 1.6 million acres, including three developed campgrounds with 27 sites, providing numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation. For further information, please visit the Henry Mountains Field Station in Hanksville at 380 South 100 West or contact 435-542-3461.