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Free guided tours at Hanksville-Burpee quarry

By Sun Advocate

The Bureau of Land Management-Utah Henry Mountains Field Station is partnering with the Burpee Museum of Rockford, Illinois, to conduct free guided tours at the Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry. Daily tours for the public run through June 4.
Three tours will be offered daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. lasting 45-60 minutes each. Groups are limited to 25 people on a first come, first served basis.
Educational staff from the Burpee Museum will lead daily tours, talk about current and past excavations, and answer a variety of dinosaur questions. The tours focus on introducing youth to an active dinosaur excavation site, the geology of the area, and paleontology of the latest Jurassic period of Utah. Tours will only be conducted in favorable weather. Brochures are available onsite and may be used for self-guided tours.
This summer marks the ninth season that the Burpee Museum has conducted excavations at this site to support long-term research initiatives, provide public access, and deliver educational and recreational opportunities. To date, the quarry has yielded long-necked sauropods, carnivorous dinosaurs and a rare Jurassic armored dinosaur Mymoorapelta.
The Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry site is located approximately 10 miles northwest of Hanksville, Utah, and is about a 30 minute drive from 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/dinosaur-quarry.html.
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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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