Shortly after leaving the park last year, it expanded by 26,000 acres through the purchase of the Hatch Ranch. This area encompasses a large area to the east and northeast of Blue Mesa (including Ninemile Wash) as well as a smaller area to the west (view park map). Most importantly, it includes strata of the Chinle Formation that are not exposed in the rest of the park, increasing the potential for important finds in the park. I got to spend some time in the expansion area last summer and it is definitely a great resource for paleontologists. This summer, we will start to explore these lands for vertebrate fossils.
|Hatch Ranch - Expansion Area (2011)|
Bill Parker was quoted as saying the following in the NPS news article about the expansion of the park:
|Revueltosaurus quarry 2012|
|Reconstruction of R. callenderi by Jeff Martz, winner of the 2011 Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize in Scientific Illustration|