Far out in Utah’s west desert, 25 miles from the Nevada border, is a solitary cluster of hills called The Honeycombs, also known as the Honeycomb Hills. Rising just a few hundred feet above the surrounding landscape, the humble Honeycombs are overshadowed by neighboring Great Basin mountain ranges.

The hills barely draw notice, until examined up close. Their rough and craggy rocks—mostly gray but also red, orange, lavender, and pink—are permeated with hollows ranging from pea-sized pits to alcoves large enough to shelter a horse and rider. The pattern of the hollows and the thin walls that separate them resemble the hexagonal cellular structures of beehives that give The Honeycombs their name.


Join us for the Utah Friends of Paleontolgy Annual Meeting, April 27–29, at the Natural History Museum of Utah.  This year’s theme is A DECADE OF DISCOVERY. Guest speaker is Joe Sertich, PhD, curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Visit www.utahpaleo.org/annual-meeting.html for details and registration.

UFOP is a statewide non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to preserving Utah’s fossil resources through public education and volunteer support of sponsoring institutions. Visit the new website at www.utahpaleo.org/index.html