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Is The Water Safe?
Site #2 in the summer
Three-toed dinosaur tracks
The Puluxy River
Travel Tips for Glen Rose
Dinosaur Viewing Areas
Dinosaur Valley State Park has four separate areas where prehistoric reptiles have left their tracks:
Site #1 This area is known as the old swimming hole. It is the site of several tracks made by a three toed dinosaur. Even with 6-8 inches of murky water covering the tracks, they were still visible.
Site #2 This area is where the meat eater (a large, three-toed dinosaur) pursued the plant eating dinosaur (leaving saucer-like imprints indicating a sauropod/brontosaurus). It is known as the 'chase' site.
Site #3 It is believed a theropod's tracks (a bipedal meateater) are imprinted in mud in this spot
Site #4 This site is not marked, but is the area where three-toed and sauropod tracks have been found.
FYI: The remains of a ornithopod related to the duck-billed dinosaurs known as Tenontosaurus have been found in the area adjacent to some sites. This creature was 15-20 feet long.
Bones from a 30 foot long ornithopod (previously known only in Europe) were found in Texas (1985)suggesting that this is the reptile responsible for creating some stubby three-toed marks along the river ledge that have puzzled the experts for years.
Glen Rose is the apparently the Blue Grass Capital of Texas. They host festivals from April through to October. In July there is ‘Bluegrass Pickin Under the Stars and in October there is 4 days of Bluegrass music at Oakdale Park. Other events are May with the Bluegrass Picnic and Arts and Crafts Fair and April with the Bluegrass Jamoree.
Fossil Rim: Cheetah
Just recently, a news special came out in Fort Worth about Fossil Rim. The cheetahs were featured in it, and that is one way we learned more about this place, which in turn led to the desire to visit. These animals are kept in seperate fenced in areas, otherwise a lot of herd animals would be in serious trouble. They can run up to 70 miles per hour, so it would be difficult to escape them. In the hot sun, they usually prefer to rest in the shade. Sometimes, they are tricky to spot since they tend to lie very flat with the ground.
A Dive Off the Hillside--Site #1
As we watched a number of people dive or jump from a small hillside into the river, our 13 year old grandson grew impatient to try this for himself.
After jumping a few times, he launched himself forward into a dive (pic #2). This picture captures his efforts--all that's above water are his feet as he lunges head first into the river.
From that point on, it was all diving.
FYI: A narrow ledge runs at the bottom of this jump, so one has to be very careful to clear it. As a caution, parents should be aware of this before allowing their child to attempt the jump and especially before diving.
The Dinosaur Print
The Dinosaur tracks were formed 100,000,000 years ago in this area. For years following their discovery (about 1910), the tracks remained more of a novelty. When the Paluxy river levels were low, Farmers actually caught catfish stranded in them.
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