Quarry a trea­sure trove of di­nosaur bones

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Ed Helmick

Many times over the years I have driven past signs on US High­way 6 south­east of Welling­ton and Utah High­way 10 south of Price that point to the Cleve­land-Lloyd Di­nosaur Quarry, but I never gave a thought as to what might be there. It turns out that this quarry has pro­vided the great­est con­cen­tra­tion of Juras­sic era di­nosaur bones in the world. The bones of 74 di­nosaurs have been ex­ca­vated from the quarry.

The quarry gets its name from its prox­im­ity to the town of Cleve­land and from Malcolm Lloyd, who fi­nanced an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the site from 1939 to 1941. It is a sea­son­ally work­ing di­nosaur quarry. It’s def­i­nitely an in­ter­est­ing place to visit that both adults and kids will en­joy. I don’t know why I didn’t dis­cover the Cleve­land- Lloyd Di­nosaur Quarry sooner.

The road to the Cleve­land-Lloyd Di­nosaur Quarry is not on the way to any place. To drive to the Cleve­land-Lloyd Di­nosaur Quarry, it has to be your des­ti­na­tion. There are a cou­ple of routes that will take you to the quarry, and both of them are easy drives on graded gravel roads. The route from Price to US 6 south­east of Welling­ton and the ac­cess road to the quarry is 39 miles with 33 miles of gravel road. From the towns of Elmo or Cleve­land via Utah High­way 10, the quarry is 13 miles of good graded dirt road.

The eas­i­est route to the Cleve­land Lloyd Di­nosaur Quarry is to drive south out of Price on Utah High­way 10 for about 12 miles to the junc­tion with Utah High­way 155. Fol­low UT155 to Elmo and fol­low the signs for the 13-mile gravel road drive through the Desert Lake Wa­ter­fowl Re­serve to the di­nosaur quarry.

Once you ar­rive at the Cleve­land-Lloyd Di­nosaur Quarry, you will find a small vis­i­tors cen­ter and a short walk to a metal build­ing that over­lays a quarry ex­hibit. There are a cou­ple of self-guided walk­ing trails to add to your ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. Pic­nic ta­bles are avail­able for your out­door lunch. There is no camp­ing or lodg­ing at the site.

From Septem­ber to the end of Oc­to­ber, the quarry is open Thurs­days, Fri­days and Satur­days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.The vis­ itors cen­ter is closed Novem­ber through late March. A $5 fee is charged for adults (16 and older) un­less you have a Na­tional Park Pass. Kids are free, and what a fun place it is to take the kids.

This is one of 42 des­ti­na­tions de­scribed in our new book “San Rafael Swell Off Road.” This book and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing map are avail­able by con­tact­ing me at ed.helmick@gmail.com.

A small vis­i­tors cen­ter is avail­able to those who make the trek to the Cleve­land-Lloyd Di­nosaur Quarry.

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