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Cleveland-Lloyd quarry to open Friday

The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry will open for the season Friday at 10 a.m.

According to the Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office, the quarry will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the last weekend in May.

The schedule for the rest of 2011 is still uncertain, but will be announced once determined. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Sundays when they are noon to 5 p.m.

There is a $5 (cash or check) entrance fee for visitors 16 years of age or older, age 15 and younger are free.

Cleveland-Lloyd is one of the world's foremost fossil resources. Visitors can observe the bones of dinosaurs - excavated, yet to be excavated, and replicas - and imagine what life was like in this exact spot during the time of the dinosaur. After exploring inside the quarry,people can continue to the picnic tables for a break and to the hiking trails to continue their adventure.

The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry is located approximately 30 miles south

of Price at the end of a gravel road. From Price, take Hwy 10 south to the Cleveland/Elmo turnoff. Then follow the "Dinosaur Quarry" signs located at the intersections. The last 12 miles are on graded unpaved road.

From Huntington, take Hwy 10 north to the Cleveland turnoff. In Cleveland

go south towards the San Rafael and follow the signs. The last 13 miles are graded unpaved road.

The Quarry is better able to facilitate large and educational groups if visitors call in advance to make arrangements.

For further information, or to make arrangements for group visitors, please contact the BLM Price Field Office, at (435) 636-3600.

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry contains the densest concentration of Jurassic-aged dinosaur bones ever found, according to the BLM.

The world-famous deposit is also the largest collection of a large meat-eating dinosaur (allosaurus fragilis) ever found.

The predators found greatly outnumber the prey animals at the site, raising a question of why this situation should have occurred.

The BLM reports that there are more museums around the world with material from Cleveland-Lloyd than any other dinosaur quarry. Paleontologists and other earth scientists are still debating how it all got there. No hypothesis yet proposed has withstood testing against the data.

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