The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, located in the San Rafael Swell, near Cleveland, Utah, contains the densest concentration of Jurassic dinosaur fossils ever found. Well over 15,000 bones have been excavated from this Jurassic "predator trap" and there are many thousands more awaiting excavation and study. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in October 1965.VisitingThe visitor center is administered by the Bureau of Land Management. There is a skeleton reconstruction of an adult Allosaurus (and other bones) on display in the visitor center, along with many other exhibits. A renovated and expanded quarry visitor center was dedicated on April 28, 2007. The visitor center is open seasonally with variable hours.HistoryThe quarry was found by sheepmen and cowmen as they drove their animals through the area during the late 19th century. In 1927, the Department of Geology at the University of Utah, under the direction of Chairman F.F. Hintze, visited the area and collected 800 bones. In 1939, a field party from Princeton University led by William Lee Stokes began work. In three summers, they collected 1,200 bones. The quarry was not worked again until 1960. In 1974, a new dinosaur was described by James H. Madsen, Jr., Assistant Research Professor of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah. He named it Stokesosaurus clevelandi. In 1976, another new dinosaur was described from fossils found in the quarry by Madsen. He named it Marshosaurus bicentesimus. In 1987, Brigham Young University paleontologists excavated a fossil dinosaur egg, at the time the oldest such egg ever found.A visit to Cleveland - Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Price trip generator to plot your vacation.
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The kids really had a good time here. Not too far out of town. Lots to see and some good hikes. The picnic tables were a great addition. more »
There is a small museum at the entrance to the quarry containing a history of the site and several models including one large one.The recent diggings are inside sheds about 250 yds down along the site... more »
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