San Rafael Swell Museums
Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry
The Cleveland-Lloyd Quarry, administered, staffed and operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is a designated National Natural Landmark and is one of paleontology’s great resources. This is the only known dinosaur “predator trap”, and the sheer density of Jurassic bones found here is unmatched anywhere, making this the most productive quarry in the world. There have been over 10,000 bones excavated so far, with thousands more yet to be recovered. Bones from over 70 different dinosaurs have been excavated, with over 65% percent of them belonging to Allosaur, a top predator of the Jurassic. Due to the large number of Allosaur found here, this species is the official Utah State fossil, and also one of the best understood of all the different dinosaur species. Display models cast from skeletons excavated here adorn nearly 70 museums worldwide.
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Cleveland, Utah 84518
Monday - Saturday: 10am-5pm
Fri-Sun: Early Mar-Memorial Day
Daily: Memorial Day-Labor Day
Fri-Sun: Labor Day-Oct 31
This museum, located on the Eastern bank of the wild Green River, pays special tribute to Major John Wesley Powell. Inside you will find exhibits about other early explorers, mountain men, and river runners, a scale model of the Henry Mountains, failed steamboats, and more. Art buffs will enjoy visiting the large art gallery, full of paintings and sculptures created by some of the region’s artisans. Inside the expansive “River Experience Theater”, you can enjoy an exciting, newly produced high-definition documentary about Major Powell’s amazing expedition. The gift shop has a varied and interesting selection of items, and the selection of books and maps dedicated to various aspects of the Colorado Plateau will impress. This museum also boasts the staffed Green River Information Center, which is fully stocked with travel brochures from around the region.
885 East Main
Green River, Utah 84525
Closed Sunday & Monday
Located one block off of Main Street in Castle Dale, The Museum of the San Rafael Swell is one of America’s premier small museums. The museum features dioramas of many of the San Rafael Swell’s wild denizens in lifelike poses, hundreds of Native American artifacts tastefully displayed, area rocks and minerals that fluoresce in an ultraviolet room, a stunning and unique depiction of the geologic layers that comprise the San Rafael Swell, numerous dinosaur foot impressions preserved in coal, reconstructed dinosaur skeletons, a cast of a Tyrannosaurus skull, and much more. The museum also has a staffed visitor information center, and a swelllittle gift shop.
96 North 100 East
Castle Dale, Utah 84513
This museum, occupying the second floor of the historic Castle Dale City Hall, houses a large collection of pioneer artifacts including furniture, clothes, a handcart, kitchen wares, tools, schoolhouse items and much more. There are also several large colorful murals, an area devoted to San Rafael Country’s colorful outlaws such as Butch Cassidy, and a large pioneer table where you can sit and read the collected memories and stories of San Rafael Country’s hardy, resourceful and industrious pioneer settlers.
64 East 100 North
Castle Dale, Utah
O'ville consists of eight different pioneer cabins. All but one of the cabins was rescued from doom because they stood in the way of a new irrigation system. With the rescue of the cabins, a small part of history was preserved for the generations that will follow.
Schedule O’ville is private property. Public is welcome to visit as long as they don’t litter, vandalize, or stray too far from the village. If you would like a tour of the inside of the cabins, please schedule a tour by calling: (435) 749-0239.
Directions From Price, UT: drive South on Highway 10 until you reach Highway 155. Turn left on Highway 155 and drive until you reach a 4-way stop. Turn left and drive for 3 blocks. Look for O'ville on the left.