Free daily dino tours return to BLM’s Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry

HANKSVILLE, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Henry Mountains Field Station staff will again offer free 30-to-45-minute guided tours of the Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry, in conjunction with excavation work. Tours will be offered the weeks of May 16 and May 23, Monday through Saturday, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., weather permitting. No tours will occur on either Sunday.

The tours highlight the BLM’s work to preserve and protect paleontological resources for the benefit of current and future generations. These tours are part of a partnership between the BLM Utah Henry Mountains Field Station and the Burpee Museum. Tour group size is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“It is exciting to have the Burpee Museum resume tours,” said BLM Hanksville Field Manager Sue Fivecoat. “This has been a great opportunity for the public to see the complete process involved in the excavation and scientific benefit of paleontological resources on BLM-managed public lands.”

Educational staff from the Burpee Museum will lead the tours with a focus on introducing youth to an active dinosaur excavation site, the geology of the area and paleontology of the Late Jurassic period of Utah. Burpee Museum has conducted excavations at this site for many years to support long-term research initiatives, provide public access and deliver educational and recreational opportunities to the public.

The tours are part of a partnership between the BLM Utah Henry Mountains Field Station and the Burpee Museum of Rockford, Illinois. The Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry site is located approximately 10 miles northwest of Hanksville and is about a 30-minute drive from State Route 24. Visitors should travel in high-clearance vehicles due to unimproved road conditions, such as dirt or gravel roads. For more information, please stop by the Henry Mountains Field Station in Hanksville, at 380 South 100 West, or call 435-542-3461. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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Melissa Schnee