I went along with my brother and a friend from work down to an area just East of Clawson, Utah (Southwest of Castle Dale). The specimens of interest were septarian nodules and various fossils. We brought plenty of buckets and water and a surety that we would bring back loads of good stuff.
I had heard that one had to dig like a madman to get the good whole septarian nodules and when we saw the ground littered with pieces we started shoveling furiously to see what was in store. Some of the nodule pieces were amazing and I could only imagine how stellar the whole ones would look once we cut them open.
There was a ditch on the left hand side of the road (it looked human-made; maybe an excavator?) and when we started digging on both sides of the ditch we started seeing the septarians emerge like little dinosaur eggs being uncovered from the black soft shale. They ranged anywhere from 2-3 inches in diameter all the way up to basketball size.
Terror struck again as I was digging and came face to face with a yellow scorpion whilst uncovering yet another small nodule. It looked no bigger than a baby (scorpion that is ha ha), but it sure got my heart racing. We took some pics and let the little guy go far away from the dig site.
Moving a little further down the road, we came upon rolling hills filled with all manner of fossils. By this point we ended up spending most of the time exploring since it was too hot to just sit in one place. I did manage to find a sizable fossil that we all thought was pretty neat.
On the way home, we hit up a small rock shop in Castle Dale and enjoyed the long drive back to civilization. Good times were had by all and we are highly likely to visit these sites again.
Directions to East of Clawson:
From the intersection of 800 North and I-15 in Orem, Utah
1. Drive South on I-15 for 13.5 miles to Spanish Fork exit 258. Stay left onto Highway 6
2. Drive Southeast on Highway 6 for 67.7 miles to exit 241 and turn right (South) onto East Carbon Avenue/UT-10
3. Continue 37.1 miles and take a left (South) onto North Main Street in Clawson, Utah
4. Drive .4 miles and turn left (East) onto Center Street
5. Continue 4.1 miles until destination on left