JURASSIC NATIONAL MONUMENT

Allosaur skeleton at the Jurassic National Monument.

The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act designated the current Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry visitor center to expand to an 850-acre national monument.

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry (CLDQ) at Jurassic National Monument contains the densest concentration of Jurassic-aged dinosaur bones ever found. Over 12,000 bones (belonging to at least 74 individual dinosaurs) have been excavated at the quarry. Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry has helped paleontologists learn a great deal about the Jurassic period, yet the site presents at least as many mysteries as it helps to solve. Curiously, more than 75% of the bones come from carnivores, primarily Allosaurus fragilis. With more than 46 individual specimens of Allosaurus, scientists have been able to deduce much about how Allosaurus aged and compare individuals to better understand intraspecies diversity. Yet the sheer density of bones proposes many questions. How did the carcasses of so many animals end up in one place, and why are most of them meat-eaters? While many good hypotheses have been presented, they all still have major flaws - the mystery has yet to be solved.

The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry will be open March 31 - October 30 for the 2022 season. Operating hours will be 10am - 5pm, Thursday - Sunday.

Directions

The quarry is located in the northern part of the San Rafael Swell, 33 miles south of Price, Utah.

Mileage to the Quarry:

Price .......................................... 33
Huntington ................................ 21
U.S. 6 Access ............................ 30
Elmo .......................................... 13
Cleveland .................................. 13
Grand Junction, Colorado  ........ 199
Moab ......................................... 147
Vernal ........................................ 146

FROM PRICE:  Take Hwy 10 south to the Cleveland/Elmo turnoff and follow the signs.  The last 12 miles are on a graded, unpaved road. 

FROM HUNTINGTON:  Follow Hwy 10 north and take the Cleveland turnoff.  In Cleveland, go south toward the San Rafael Swell and follow the signs.  The last 13 miles are on graded, unpaved road.

**The unpaved roads may be hazardous or impassable when wet.     

Be Prepared

Utah is notorious for hot spring, summer and fall days with temperatures ranging from 80 - 100+ degrees. As a result, visitors to remote Utah landscapes should be prepared with plenty of water, sunscreen, and a sun-shielding hat. 

The Quarry is located in the northern San Rafael Swell, which is very remote without easy access to gas-stations, restaurants, hospitals, or car mechanics. Have a full tank of gas when driving into the swell, a map, and be wary of the weather. The swell is prone to flash flooding - do not park in washes and avoid muddy, slick roads. 

The Quarry provides outstanding opportunities to walk to rock art sites, dinosaur excavations, scenic vistas, and intriguing geologic strata. Come prepared with close-toed hiking or running shoes. 

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry provides on-site picnic tables. Leashed pets are allowed outdoors. Please bring your own water as there is no potable water at the site.

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Contact Us

BLM Price Field Office
125 South 600 West
Price, UT 84501

Phone: (435) 636-3600
Fax: (435) 636-3657
Email: utprmail@blm.gov

Hours

Open March 31-October 30
Thursday - Sunday
10 am - 5 pm

Admission

Adults (16+) - $5

Youth (under 16) - FREE


America the Beautiful,
Golden Age, and
Golden Access Pass Holders - FREE 

        
Every Kid in a Park  Pass Holders (4th Graders) - FREE (for student and carload)

Dinosaur Diamond Byway

Photo Album

The Jurassic National Monument Visitor Center building in the fall with a leaf-less tree visible.

Related Videos

Part 1: Cleveland-Lloyd Interpretive Center 

Part 2: Paleontological Resource Management

Part 3: Research at the Quarry

Jurassic National Monument Playlist