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Bill to create 'Utahraptor State Park' introduced in legislature

Posted at 7:43 AM, Feb 13, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill to create a new state park at the site of a large dinosaur fossil dig has been introduced in the Utah State Legislature.

House Bill 322, sponsored by Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, would spend about $10 million to create "Utahraptor State Park" in the Dalton Wells area about 15 minutes north of Moab near Arches National Park.

The park is named after Utah's official dinosaur. The Utahraptor is similar to the famed Velociraptors in the "Jurassic Park" movies.

The bill was introduced in the legislature on Wednesday.