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  • Free Public Tours of Hanksville Dinosaur Quarry Begin May 29th
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    Published - 05/29/14 - 08:53 AM | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Free Public Tours of Hanksville Dinosaur Quarry Begin May 29
    Free Public Tours of Hanksville Dinosaur Quarry Begin May 29
    (HANKSVILLE, Utah) - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Henry Mountain Field Station is partnering with the Burpee Museum of Rockford, Ill., to conduct free guided tours at the Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry. Daily tours for the public begin May 29 and run through June 7. No tours will be offered on Sunday, June 1.

    Paleontologists from the Burpee Museum will lead daily tours, talk about current and past excavations, and answer all sorts of dinosaur questions. Three 45-minute tours will be offered every day—11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Groups are limited to a 25 people and are given on a first come, first served basis. Tours will only be conducted in favorable weather. Brochures and informational pamphlets are available onsite and may also be used for self-guided tours.

    This summer marks the seventh season that the BLM-Utah and the Burpee Museum have partnered to excavate the site. These excavations support long-term research initiatives, provide public interpretive access, and deliver educational and recreational opportunities.

    The Hanksville-Burpee dinosaur quarry site is approximately 145-150 million years old. Located in a preserved river channel, the quarry contains the fossilized remains of multiple dinosaur skeletons, animal burrows and large petrified tree trunks. To date, the quarry has yielded long-necked sauropods, carnivorous dinosaurs and a herbivorous Stegosaurus.

    The Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry site is located approximately 10 miles northwest of Hanksville, Utah, and is about a 30 minute drive on Highway 24. High clearance vehicles are recommended, the road into the quarry is not maintained for passenger cars.

    For more specific directions and other information stop by the BLM-Utah field station in Hanksville, Utah, at 380 South 100 West, call (435) 542-3461 or visit http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/richfield/more/dinosaur-quarry.html

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