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Release Date: 06/02/09
Contacts: John Zapell , 435-896-1070  
  Sue Fivecoat , 435-542-3461  

Public Tours Scheduled for Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry June 7-20

Richfield, Utah—Education personnel from the Burpee Museum will be on site at the Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry to conduct guided tours for the visiting public June 7 - June 20. Guides will provide information about the excavation and answer questions concerning this important and invaluable paleontological site.

Weather permitting, public tours are scheduled for June 7, 9-14, and 16-20.  Please note that no tours will be available June 8 and 15.  In the event the paleontological field crew is not working due to weather conditions, there will be no tours.

Tours will start on the hour, every hour from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will last approximately 40 minutes. To provide the most enjoyable and educational experience, groups will be limited to a maximum of 20 people per tour. All visitors must log in onsite at the quarry. Visitors should be able to walk over uneven, rocky terrain unassisted.  Temperatures may be in the upper 90’s, so visitors should also carry water.

The Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry is located approximately 10 miles northwest of Hanksville, Utah. The road to the site is native surface and is recommended for high-clearance vehicle only. The road is not maintained or suitable for passenger cars.  For specific directions to the site, please call or visit the BLM-Utah Hanksville Field Station at 380 South 100 West, Hanksville, Utah, (435) 542-3461.

Last summer, paleontologists from the Burpee Museum of Rockford, Illinois began preliminary excavations at the site. After only three weeks of excavation, the quarry yielded at least four long-necked sauropods, two carnivorous dinosaurs and a possible herbivorous Stegosaurus.  Similar in age to the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry near Price, Utah, the Hanksville-Burpee site is 145-150 million years old.  Located in a preserved river channel, the quarry also contains the fossilized remains of animal burrows and large petrified tree trunks.

Although the area was known to BLM Utah and the local community for many years, the Burpee Museum’s recent in-depth investigation and excavation efforts revealed the site’s true magnitude.  BLM Utah and the Burpee Museum are working together on this long-term research initiative and plans to provide interpretive educational and recreational opportunities in coming years.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 03-04-2011