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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Emigration Canyon Crinoid Stars

A few months ago I picked up this book for A's birthday present.  It's been an awesome book.  You can find it on Amazon.com, but it's cheaper to get it from the Utah Geological Survey Bookstore.  One of the sites in it is this one at the top of Emigration Canyon. 

The book says to park at the top, walk past the gate to the south, then follow the road for a hundred yards or so. At that point, look for rock outcroppings. 
We had better success immediately dropping to the old road, which is below the gated new road.  Then we followed it along as we looked for the fossils.  It took us quite a while to find one, but once we did we found a lot of them.  They aren't very big, only about 1/4 inch across. 
After finding the first one, it seemed like they were everywhere!  We found one rock with several of the fossils embedded in it to bring home.  We left a lot of them there for others to go find. 
Nearest City: Salt Lake City, UT
Location: N° W°
Time Needed: 30 min.
Difficulty: Easy
Kid Friendly:  Yes
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  1. I love your blog! Keep it up!

  2. This blog is totally great. I'm also raising children in the SLC area and have learned about a ton of new places to take them!

  3. Glad you're finding the blog useful. There's tons of places out there! Feel free to comment on places you visit to let me know what you experience. I'd also be interested in cool spots you know of.

  4. Some random pictures can be found here:


    Our trips seem to overlap quite a bit, except you've been to many more places.

  5. Sweet...how did they get there?

  6. Are there plenty of them? I would love to take my grandkids.

    1. It's been a while since I've been up there, but they weren't hard to find. They're not in every rock, but if spend some time flipping and looking you're sure to find some.