Utah has come to be defined by its pioneer heritage, incredible ski slopes, and desert geology. But it also takes its place among the foremost pre-historical sites in the nation. Paleontology is the branch of science that deals with (and excavates) fossils. And Utah is a paleontologist’s playground.
The most spectacular fossils are, without a doubt, dinosaur remains. Utah has some amazing dinosaur dig sites – including the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. The Cleveland-Lloyd Quarry has uncovered over 12,000 individual dinosaur bones and at least one dinosaur egg. Over 60 museums across the globe now house the remains excavated at the quarry. Cleveland-Lloyd also has the distinction to be the discovery site of two previously unknown species.
The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry is located 30 miles south of Price (a town in South Central Utah.) Since the dig is open seasonally, it is best to visit during the summer months. Visitors can tour exhibit buildings, picnic at designated locations, and walk along the self-guided Rock Wall Nature Trail. If you’re lucky, you may be able to talk to some of the scientists working in the quarry.
The local display location for fossils uncovered at the quarry is located in Price. The College of Eastern Utah’s Prehistoric Museum is open to the public. If you plan to visit the quarry, you should also check out this museum.
The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry is only one of several active dino digs in the state. If you want to learn more about dinosaurs, consider visiting the Dinosaur National Monument on the Colorado border and The Natural History Museum at Thanksgiving Point.