Hanksville, Utah: Scrap Metal Fossils

A homemade effort to fashion thunder lizards out of old car parts, along with other rusting junk characters.

Desert Inn Motel

197 East Hwy 24, Hanksville, UT
Desert Inn Motel. I-70 W Exit to State Route 24 South, just past the intersection of State Route 95, in the town limits. Right along the side of the highway.
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Dinosaur sculptures.

Machine Part Sculptures

A collection of dinosaurs and people made out of machine parts sit along the side of highway 24. [photos sent]

[Cristi Carlstead, 07/16/2015]

Dino junk statue.

Scrap Metal Fossils

I visited the Hanksville scrap metal fossils in October 2010 and they are all still there (though a bit rustier).

[William Haun, 12/21/2010]

Triceratops Randy.

Desert Inn Motel Scrap Metal Fossils

In the little "town" of Hanksville, UT, there is an abandoned hotel on the main strip which boasts about 5-10 scrap metal "fossils." All look like animals you would see in museums, but made of pieces of scrap metal and painted white.

[Jim Heverin, 06/16/2005]
Car Part Dinosaurs

In Hanksville (named after Hank's, the restaurant, but that's another story) are a couple of curious, ahem, sculptures. Seems somebody thought the guy who makes the dino-skeletons out of car parts was cool, and tried it himself. The best one was a life-size critter whose skull was composed of the hood and trunk lid of a Beetle. Not truly cool, more like truly crap, but I'm getting the idea that your site's about the schmaltz. Was there last in January '97.

[Chris Corich, 06/20/1998]

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