Utah January 13, 2018
The Epic Park In Utah Where You Can Take Home 500-Million-Year-Old Fossils
Imagine digging in the dirt and finding a 500-million-year-old fossil! That’s a typical experience after a day at U-Dig Fossils near Delta. Check out this unique adventure:
The first part of the adventure is getting there - U-Dig Fossils is located 52 miles west of Delta.
Once you get to Delta, travel 32 miles on SR-50/6. You'll see a U-Dig Fossils sign.
From here, the road is gravel. It's fairly well-maintained, but it's a good idea to make sure that your spare tire is in good condition before making this journey.
After another 20 miles down the road, you'll see another sign, and you've finally reached your destination!
You'd probably never guess that this quarry is full of treasures, would you? This spot has one of the highest concentration of trilobites in the world! Stop at the little shack, where a fossil operator will set you up with the tools you need to excavate.
Get some basic instructions about how to find the fossils, then spend two, four or eight hours digging for trilobites in the 40-acre quarry.
While U-Dig provides all the tools you need to dig for trilobites, you'll want to make sure that you bring a hat, some gloves (gardening gloves will do), a snack and plenty of water. It can get hot out there, especially during summer months.
You'll find a lot of trilobites here, and you can keep an unlimited number of them.
When you're done digging, take your treasures to one of the operators, and he'll trim the trilobites for you. Make sure to tip your operator - these guys work long hours in the hot sun to make your experience wonderful.
At the end of the day, you'll have some special treasures to take home. These trilobites were alive during the mid-Cabrian period - as long as 550 million years ago!
U-Dig Fossils will open for the 2018 season in March. For more information, visit
We’d love to hear about your experience at U-Dig Fossils! Tell us about it in the comments.
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