Getting to Know Local Dinosaur Sites: The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry

One of the biggest complaints I hear from people is that they love dinosaurs but do not know where to go to see them. So I decided that this would be a good thing to tackle, in article form! This is the first in a new series that will highlight local Utah dinosaur sites that you can go and visit!

The first on I would like to talk about is the Cleveland Lloyd Quarry. I was able to get in contact with Mike Leschin, he works for the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and is in charge of the daily operations at the site. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us regarding the Quarry.

Jurassic Files: So can tell us a little bit about the Quarry?

Mike Leschin: “As you know it is the densest concentration of Jurassic dinosaur bones ever found. It is a layer about 3 feet thick. We have a couple Butler buildings set up over the exposed portion of the bonebed. One of those has doors open when the site is open so that people can go inside and see real bone still in the ground. We have a visitor center containing a couple dozen exhibits focusing on the quarry, paleontology in general and other relevant topics. We have a couple glass cases with replica skulls of animals that left their bones at CLDQ. And of course, we have a replica skeleton of an adult Allosaur. We have a picnic area which unfortunately, only has a half of a table with shade at lunchtime. And a small trail system rounds out our attractions. Three hiking trails totally about 5 miles; one trail has an interpretive brochure that goes with it.”.

JF: Could you give us a little history of the park?

ML: “The early records of excavations at Cleveland-Lloyd are pretty spotty. University of Utah was the first scientific outfit to work there sometime in the late 1920s. They did not find the site but were led there by someone. They didn’t record who so we don’t know. We assume it was some cowboy or sheepherder who had stumbled across the deposit while looking for his cows or sheep. The topography of the site is such that it seems a gully was cutting into the bonebed and given the incredible concentration of bones, it is not a question of “how did you find it?” but rather “what took you so long?” Princeton University had a crew led by William Stokes out there the summers of 1939, 1940, and 1941. That last summer, a Princeton alum named Malcolm Lloyd donated $10,000 to the effort. Stokes, who later became head of the geology dept. at the U of U, wanted his hometown of Cleveland, UT honored, came up with the name Cleveland-Lloyd as a way to honor both. He also instituted the Cooperative Dinosaur Dig in 1960 in order to obtain a research collection of dinosaur bones for the U. That effort continued through the 1964 season. In 1965 the National Park Service nominated the site for National Natural Landmark status, a new program back then. In 1966, the BLM accepted that status. Using a local Job Corps crew, the BLM built a visitor center there that was dedicated in 1968. It was the first visitor center the BLM ever had. Excavations by various schools and entities took place over the next 40 years or so with the University of Wisconsin/Oshkosh acquiring the permit in 2012. They have had a crew out every year since and will probably continue doing so for the foreseeable future. In 2006 the BLM invested almost a million dollars in renovating the visitor center and quarry buildings.”

JF: So why dinosaurs? What about them attracts people to the park?

ML: “Why dinosaurs? Why not?! CLDQ does have some museum quality exhibits but the real attraction is the bonebed itself. People can visit and see actual dinosaur bones still in the ground.”

JF: What are some of the most common questions you get?

ML: “The most common questions concern what happened? How did they all get here? Why so many carnivores? We don’t have answers yet but the Wisconsin folks are still working on it.”

JF: Do you have a paleontology lab on site? If so what kind of work are they doing? If not where do you have your specimens prepared?

ML: ” We do not have a fossil prep lab on site. Currently, UW/O takes fossils back to Wisconsin to work on. A team from the Indiana University of Pennsylvannia has been partnering with the Wisconsin folks so some fossils also go there for prepping.”

The Cleveland Lloyd Quarry is located about 30 mile south of Price, Utah. The quarry is open weekends; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (weather permitting) from early in March until Memorial Day, and daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. The schedule goes back to weekends-only for September and October. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m except on Sundays when open hours are noon to 5 p.m. For additional information, call the BLM office in Price, Utah at (435) 636-3600. I have yet to personally go to this site but I am now more excited than ever to do so!

Fandom Friday: Take My Cashasaurus


Happy Friday!


Hey everyone! Hope you have had a great memorial day weekend and short work week! This week Amber was kind enough to let me take a shot at the Take My Cashasaurus! I’m really excited about this, and I really hope you enjoy my pics!!

So there seem to be a lot of pajamas rolling around out there for the ladies, but let me present for the fellows out there, ASOS Super Skinny Pajama Bottoms With Dinosaur Print! These run around $29.00 and look amazing! I cannot wait to get mine!!

So I am not personally someone who would normally use bath bombs. That being said these HAVE DINOSAUR SKELETONS INSIDE OF THEM!!!!! Sold by Bon Bon Bath House on Etsy will set you back only $6.00 , so you will probably see this grown adult bearded man giggling and playing with Dinosaurs in the bath soon!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you The Bioluminecent Dinosaur. This thing is absolutely beautiful! What this actually is is a desktop aquarium filled with living single-celled plankton that glow with bioluminescent light at night. You can find the link to buy it HERE and its costs around $60.00

So full disclosure, I absolutely love art like this. Dinosaur Skeleton models are my kryptonite! The thing i love about them is no matter what scientific discoveries come around to change the way we think skin/feathers looked like the skeletons will always look the same! This IMAX Magnus Prehistoric Dinosaur is based on a T-Rex. It is 24 in. long, 9 inches wide, and 14 inches tall, and costs $78.00

Last for this week I wanted to throw in another one of my vices! The Papo Dinosaur collection! These Dinosaurs are some of the most detailed and well crafted model/toy dinosaurs on the market. The one i wanted to talk about today is the new Acrocanthosaurus. It is new for 2017 and just looks stellar! The coloring and jaw articulation are really on point and I can’t wait to add it to my collection!! You can find it on Ebay for around $33.00!!!

Thank you guys and gals for letting me jump in on this article this week! I really enjoyed writing it and I hope you all enjoyed reading it!!




9 Must Have Dinosaur Books!!

One of my favorite things to do is to sit down and really dig (pun intended) into dinosaur related books. I was trying to sit down and think of a good topic to write on this week and started scanning around my office looking for inspiration and my eyes fell across the books on my shelf above my computer. I thought to myself “Hey! Self! You should write about these”! In this list I’m not just sticking to one style of book, so in this list you will see some of my favorite works of dinosaur fiction and non-fiction alike! So let’s get started and as everyone’s favorite chain smoking system manager says, “Hold on to you butts”!

How to Build a Dinosaur by Jack Horner and James Gorman

If you are familiar with paleontologists you have most likely heard the name of Jack Horner. He is the scientist that Michael Crichton based Dr. Alan Grant for the Jurassic Park novel and film  off of. In this book “How to Build a Dinosaur”, Horner focuses on the only way that he believes that we will be able to see a dinosaur by reverse engineering a chicken to take on more dinosaur characteristics. This book has a lot of science theory and practices in it. I personally find it beyond fascinating and it is definitely worth a read!

Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker 

On the other end of the spectrum from the previous book you have “Raptor Red”. This book is written by another world famous paleontologist Robert T. Bakker, you may know him as the older gentleman with the worn cowboy hat and long graying beard. In this novel Bakker takes a very different approach to a dinosaur novel. He uses the science and research that has been done and puts it into more of a narrative of the life of a female Utahraptor named Raptor Red. In this book you get a glimpse of what the daily life of a dinosaur would be, including relationships with others of her own species but also others. I would recommend this book maybe to some one who wants a little more story telling than scientist talk.

Tyrannosaurus Sue by Steve Fiffer

Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex ever found came with a steep price for a group of Paleontologists. This book is the story of not only the discovery of Sue but also the circus that happened after she was removed form the ground. This story to me was personally heart breaking, I remember when these news stories were coming out and feeling terrible about the entire situation but after reading this novel I am even more heart broken for people that poured all of themselves into this dinosaur. Tyrannosaurus Sue gives us a great behind the scene look at what happened and I highly recommend it.

The Dinosaur Four by Geoff Jones

Ever wonder what Denver in the late Cretaceous period would be like? Well in this book a group of coffee shop employees and customers are some how transported 60 million years in to the past and must figure out how they got there and how the are going to get home! This book was riveting from start to finish, they went into some amazing detail on the dinosaurs. including the smell… just remembering the way they described the Hadrosaurs makes me shiver! The best part about this is that it can be for the dinosaur fan in you life or just someone who is looking for a great read.

The I Know Dino Podcast Book Series by Sabrina Ricci

Hands down one of my favorite podcasts of all time is “I Know Dino“. The hosts Garret and Sabrina are very entertaining and very through in their shows. So when they announced that they were going to start to writing and producing eBooks about some of the dinosaurs they talked about I was ecstatic! They have released a book each year starting in 2014 highlighting ten of the strangest and most exciting dinosaur discoveries of the year. The really cool thing that these books do is that they give you the science and facts behind all the discovery but they also give a little story about each of the dinosaurs, and it really does give the animals a lot of personality! I cannot wait for the 2017 edition to be released! I highly recommend that you download their podcast and check out their Patreon page to help them keep doing the amazing work that they do! Here are some more links to find these books! Oh and the best part, you can pick up Top 10 Dinos of 2014 now for FREE!!!

Top 10 Dinos of 2015……………

Top 10 Dinos of 2014………………

The Lost World by Michael Crichton

The Lost World is the follow up to the best selling novel Jurassic Park.  This is Michael Crichton’s 2nd journey into the world of Dinosaurs. In this installment we follow Dr. Ian Malcolm from the first book travel with two children a doctor and a former student Sarah Harding into the infamous Site B where they actually created the dinosaurs for the main island. This book has the trademark Crichton mix of technology and adventure that really pull you in. The main reason that i tell people that they need to read this novel is to show them the giant differences between this and the major motion picture of the same name.

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

At the writing of this article this novel has only been out 4 days, it only took me one to fly through this adventure. This book follows the fictional character of William Johnson and his adventures during the great Bone Wars between O.C. Marsh and E.D. Cope. One thing i noticed is that it really does not paint Marsh in the greatest of lights, not saying that Cope escapes unscathed but Marsh id most definitely the villain in this tale. Crichton manages to weave in historical characters as well as early paleo science all on top of a western adventure. I will be reading this again by the time this article posts, but I absolutely loved the first read through and will probably like the next.

My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek

This book was actually the first one that popped into my head when I started thinking about this list. I have this book in hard cover, paperback, and audio form, so I can safely say that I LOVE THIS BOOK! The author Brian Switek talks about his personal journey in the world of dinosaurs, as well as the journey the field of Paleontology  has taken. Some of the funniest chapters are about his fascination on Dino sex and the evolution of the thought behind the Dinosauria. The fact that he now lives in my neck of the woods and strongly praises Utah’s Paleo sites does not hurt at all either.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

“Welcome to Jurassic Park”, to this day this line give me chills. I remember going to the drive in theater to see the film adaptation of this book as a child and being scared as hell of the dinosaurs. But at the same time I absolutely loved it! When I grew up a little bit and found out that it was all based on a novel I knew I had to read it. I bought a used copy and read it so many times I had to replace it two times due to the wear. There are a few differences between the novel version and the film version but I actually enjoy that. Because now I have two stories that I can go back to at any time and enjoy them both!

I have so many more books that I would love to talk about here, so instead of throwing them here I will throw together another list in the future once you are all caught up on these! All of the titles contain links to Amazon where you can pick them up! What are some of your favorite Dino books? Let us know in the comments below!!

Fandom Friday: Take My Cashasaurus

Happy Friday!

I’m happy to be back and show you all of the cool Dinosaur collectibles I have found, but I fear that I am going to make it worse for myself with this rabbit hole I seem to be getting myself into. I keep coming across things that are so random and I know I don’t NEED them, but it’s like, if I don’t get it now they will sell out and then I’ll regret it later.

Let’s start now shall we?

I LOVE these! I adore how creative people get from different franchises, and these are beyond amazing. These 11×14″ print sets can be found from Miranda Dressler  for $50.00. She is incredibly talented as you will discover as you wander throughout her page.

There is something about this necklace that puts me in a giggle fit and fall in love at the same time. I also love that it glows in the dark. This would make a great gift or let’s be honest, for ourselves right? This isn’t something that you come across every day so you would definitely be getting the attention of others. This necklace is from World of Glow for $19.99+. (Price may increase due to the length of the chain.)

I squealed when I saw this. No joke. I love replicas and props from movies. (Makes sense since I love making props myself.) I am really impressed by all of the work they put into this. Especially for Jurassic Park fanatics. Every time I see this, I instantly hear the laugh. (No, not THAT one.)

THIS one.

You can buy this Jurassic Park Cryogenics Canister Cryocan Replica Prop from Console Chameleon for $167.65.

I am a sucker for making sugar cookies even though I eat the dough most of the time before they actually make it to the oven. This would help curb that addiction so I can see all of the lovely dinosaurs on the cookies I make. Think of all of the creative possibilities you would be able to go with this rolling pin.  They have a lot more options for other rolling pins as well if you prefer other patterns. You can find this rolling pin from John Craftsmanship for $17.00

So far I have to say this is my favorite find. Dinosaurs having a party? I thought it was hilarious and awesome that Wild Head Party is selling party hats for your Dinosaur figures for $4.00+. (Depending on the amount of hats you buy.) If you don’t know how to make teeny hats or don’t feel up to it, here is your place to find something adorable to jazz up your Dinosaur collection! I am incredibly tempted to get some of these for my own Dinosaur party!

It seems like this week dragged longer than it should have so hopefully you all will be able to find some times to relax and enjoy yourselves!


Dinosaurs of Utah: Allosaurus Fragilis

Welcome back everyone! In this installment of Dinosaurs of Utah we are going to cover probably the most famous carnivore of the Jurassic period. Allosaurus Fragilis was named by Othniel Charles Marsh in 1877. The name means ‘Different Lizard‘ and was found in Utah’s Cleveland-Lloyd Quarry, a site containing the densest concentration of Jurassic dinosaur bones in the world. Of the at least 74 individual dinosaurs found at the quarry, about 46 of them are Allosaurus specimens, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Allosaurus ranged from about 28 to 43 feet (8.5 to 13 meters) long, and any where between 10 to 16 feet ( 3 to 5 meters) tall and weighed around 1.6 tons (1700 kg). Allosaurus had 10 inch razor sharp claws on their three digit hands, they also had a mouth full of serrated razor sharp teeth (between 14 and 17) and their jaw could open to roughly to a 79 degree angle. This may have given them an advantage in taking down some of their largest prey including the giant sauropod Apatosaurus.

Speaking of Allosaurus’ prey number one on their list seems to have been the armored dinosaur Stegosaurus. There is proof of this found in the fossil record. There way an Allosaurus vertebra found with a puncture wound inflicted from the tail spike (Thagomizer) of a Stegosaurus, along with this there have been Stegosaurus fossils found with bite wounds that line up with that of an Allosaurus. The way that Allosaurus’ teeth were indicated that instead of the crushing through skin and bone, like the T-Rex, it stripped the flesh from its food. Evidence of this can be found in many sauropod fossil remains.

Allosaurus became the Utah state fossil in 1988 and can be seen in pretty much and dinosaur museum in Utah. At Dinosaur National Monument outside of Vernal, Utah you can see a real Allosaurus skull at the Carnegie Quarry wall. If you have been there or anywhere else that has an Allosaurus please send us your pictures in the comments!

Fandom Friday: Take My Cashasaurus

Happy Friday everyone! What is better to start the weekend off than discovering additional Dinosaur items to add to your life! This week we found a few cool collectibles that we didn’t even think about existing, but glad it does.

Dino-opoly Board Game

This board game can be found at JCPenny for $22.00. If you already have a love for collecting different Monopoly themes, this would be perfect to add. While playing, you will also learn fun facts about each Dinosaur which is a unique and fun way to learn.

3D Color Changing Night Light

This lamp I couldn’t resist sharing. This can be found on Rose Wholesale for $15.94. This 3D design lamp has 2 different modes and changes to 7 different colors for better performance. I love that part of the description that says it’s great for creating a romantic  surrounding. Goodbye candles, this Dinosaur lamp is in town.

T-Rex Skull Shower Head

This is the coolest shower head we have ever seen. You can find this beauty from Mirsky Art Gallery for $21.00. This is made from high quality ABS plastic, (same as Legos) and is available in 6 colors. They also have other Dinosaur bathroom accessories to mix and match.

Dino Skeleton Leggings

Yes I am one of those people who would wear leggings as pants, but how could you not with these? These awesome Dino Skeleton Leggings can be found on Brave New Look for $39.00. They advertise that these are great for going on a run or to the gym, but really I think these would be great to wear at Thanksgiving. You can eat as much as you want, they grow with you and yet you can STILL be stylish. It’s a win-win!

Crazy Dinosaur Lady Pajamas

I am proud to admit that if this was actually a possibility, you bet I would have my house filled with little Dinosaurs instead of cats. (Well, I don’t have cats now. You get my point!) Even though having a house filled with live Dinosaurs isn’t an option, you can still show your pride with these pajamas by Cafe Press for $39.99. I love that they have so many different options and colors to choose from. You can also find some in children’s sizes and men’s.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


10 Ways to Have Fun in Museums!

There are a lot of people out there who hear the word Museum and think either old dead stuff, or a place where kids go on field trips. Though those are true to a certain extent they are not the rule. So today I’m going to give you my top ten list of ways to have fun in museums!

  1. Take Pictures! – If you find yourself in a museum that has no problem with you taking pictures go wild! It makes for good memories and you have something to show your friend to get them interested to come back with you!12
  2. Take a Friend! – I have found that if I take a friend to a museum that I have been to before I turn into a little tour guide and show them all of the cool things I noticed last time I was there! Teaching others is a great way to help retain the knowledge you have!
  3. Take a Child! – Preferably your child ,or a family member, so you know you don’t get arrested! But bringing a child to a museum may be one of the best things you can do, not only does it encourage learning, it also gives you the opportunity to see their reaction to something like a T-Rex for the first time! 20170422_103934
  4. Engage the Tour Guides! – Some people will shy away from tour guides at museums because they feel like they would rather experience it alone. This is not a bad way to do it, but these guides have a lot more information that you would get on your own so its great to engage them! Pictured one of my favorite tour guides Dustin
  5. Ask Questions! – The key to learning at a museum is to ask questions, whether that be to a friend, a tour guide or yourself. Always questioning is a great way to expand your knowledge and have a great time!88b614e2783e6d4c0e67ab12d1e6ac1a_raise-hand-clipart-raising-raised-hands-clip-art_10864-5270
  6. Get Interactive! – There are a lot of museums that now have a bunch of interactive displays. You can use touch screens to get information and even some virtual reality exhibits that let you really get into the action!story2Pic2
  7. Hit that Gift Shop! – This is one of the things that I love the most about museums! They always have amazing stuff in there! You will usually find a lot of things for kids in there, but you will also find some great books in there as well!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  8. Make Multiple Trips! – Many times you may not be able to see everything that you may want to see when you first go. So instead of rushing through the whole museum, I would take my time and experience everything. If you run out of time you can always come back and go through it all again!20170426_182110
  9. Use Your Imagination! – Some times kids may get bored with reading the signs and looking at the maps but if you do little things here and there they will love it the entire time. Such as, pretending they are in Jurassic Park and they have to go find as many dinosaurs as they can!Gate_Entrance_(2)
  10. Create a Scavenger Hunt! – Another fun activity you can do is a scavenger hunt! by having a list of things for people to find throughout the museum  not only are they having fun but they are also learning about all of the things that they have to find!The Great Scavenger Hunt 2015


Fandom Friday: Take my cashasaurus!

Normally, I don’t like shopping. However, when it comes to something cool like dinosaurs, it’s hard to say no. Also, I thought it would be a fun weekly feature to find new products you can buy that are dinosaur related.

Why? Because you are meant to have joy in life  and regardless of your age, you can still enjoy dinosaurs and find creative ways to enjoy them. I am also here to help enable you. 😉

Site for saur eyes lamp Stegosaurus

You can find this cool guy from ModCloth for $39.99. They have a variety of other dinosaurs and also have dinosaur lamps that are origami style.


Black & White dinosaur skater skirt

This skirt I can personally vouch for since I own it. You can find this at Hot Topic for $19.92. This is one of the most comfortable skirts I own. Not only is it super soft, it’s also thicker. Yet it’s still lightweight enough that it doesn’t feel weighed down. Plus, I love that you can dress this up and still rock dinosaurs.


Brachiosaurus Origami necklace
I absolutely love this necklace which you can find on Glorikamishop on Etsy for $50.00. They have a lot of different options to choose from and brings a unique twist to your outfit.

Schleich Tyrannosaurus Rex

If you love collecting, here is the perfect addition. This beautifully detailed T-rex is only $15.30 and can find it on Amazon.  I have seen these up close and they have done an outstanding job with how realistic they are.

Dinosaur Art: The World’s Greatest Paleo Art
This book features beautiful art of your favorite dinosaurs. You can find this on Amazon for $25.85. I have seen a lot of books about dinosaurs, but am incredibly impressed how the beauty of this art flows throughout the entire book. And not just the cover.

Dinosaurs are a lot of fun to learn about, but we also love being able to carry the joy in other parts of our lives. It’s fun to add a little something to your room or wardrobe to represent our love on these magnificent creatures. Again, we are meant to have joy in our lives. There is nothing wrong with throwing a little geek into that. 😉


Also, let us know if you end up getting any of these products and send us your picture if you would like to be featured on our site! We would love to hear your thoughts on your favorite dinosaur products even if it’s from the sites we mentioned or not!



Let’s not forget that this picture exists. Thank you Jeff Goldblum.

*Please note we were not paid to mention the products listed above. We simply love dinosaurs and love spreading the word of fun places you can find cool dinosaur stuff as well!


Dinosaurs of Utah: Utahceratops Gettyi

This is the first post in a series of articles discussing all of the wonderful dinosaurs found in the state of Utah. If you are like me then you love the idea that dinosaurs at some point in time walked exactly where live! Personally I find it utterly astounding that these animals lived over 66 Million Years Ago, and some how they are still able to capture our imagination, whether young or old or where you hail from.

The first dinosaur I would like to talk about is the fairly recently named Utahceratops Gettyi. It was discovered in 2010 in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument near Kanab, Utah, and named by Dr. Scott Sampson. Pictured below is a Utahceratops specimen that The Jurassic Files took on their recent visit to the Natural History Museum of Utah. 20170504_152550.jpg

The Utahceratops belongs to group of dinosaurs called the Ceratopsians. These dinosaurs are usually fairly easy to spot, with their giant bony neck frills and their long horns that protrude from above their eyes and on their nose. The most famous Ceratopsian would have to be the Triceratops made famous over the years in its duels with the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Utahceratops is estimated to be about 6.6 feet tall and around 23 ft. long. So basically it was around the size of a small to medium sized Elephant.

Utah in the Cretaceous period was very green and lush swampy area on the western continent of Laramidia. Laramidia stretched from modern day Alaska down to Mexico, this is why there are an abundance of fossils in Utah, the conditions were almost perfect Utahceratops-609x800to cause these animals to fossilize after they died.

The Utahceratops was not discovered alone, the dinosaur Kosmoceratops Richardsoni was discovered and named at the same time. Kosmoceratops actually garnered more attention than Utahceratops due to the amazing ornamentation that adorned its skull.

If you would like to see an amazing specimen of Utahceratops I would highly suggest a trip to the Natural History Museum of Utah. Here you will be able to see many Ceratopsians including Kosmoceratops and Utahceratops.


Welcome dinosaur enthusiasts! This is our place to express our love and passion for dinosaurs! We have a lot of adventures coming up so stay tuned to see what we have in store as well as different ways you can be involved as well!

-The Jurassice Files Crew