Dinosaur Viewing Areas
Favorite thing: 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.
- National/State Park
- Historical Travel
What All Can I Do At The Park?
Favorite thing: After I See The Dinosaur Tracks, Then What?
Dinosaur Valley has six miles of hiking and biking trails
Primitive camping and camp sites with water and electricity
Picnic tables/grills and picnic pavilion for up to 25 people.
A small interpretive center with exhibits on the dinosaurs and the tracks they left
A gift shop--located in the building at the park entrance
Swimming in the Puluxy River
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
Exploring Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Favorite thing: Fossil Rim Wildlife Center provides an opportunity to take a self-guided safari through the north Texas hill country. There are roughly 50 species of animals in the park, and a visitor can expect to see many of them. It takes a couple of hours to drive through the area, not counting a stops at the visitor center and the halfway point which contains the cafe and shops. Admission charges are based upon the number of people in the vehicle. A visitor will be given a chance to buy food for the animals, which I recommend doing so. Many of the animals will approach a vehicle in search of a handout. Visitors are required to stay in their vehicles and only to feed the animals with the designated. There are usually places to pull over so that others can pass. Some animals are roaming freely throughout the property while others are kept in seperate compounds. This park also has cabins and campsites as well as periodic demonstrations. Fossil Rim is quickly gaining attention as a major wildlife conservation center. This makes an excellent day trip from the DFW area and could even be a good place to spend the night.
Fondest memory: http://www.fossilrim.org/index.php
A Great Day in a Lovely Area
Favorite thing: Visiting Glen Rose was something I had wanted to do for about 12 months. I had heard about the wildlife centre and I wasn't disappointed. The weather was perfect also. It took around 3 hours to drive around the park which included stopping for about 1/2 or so for lunch at the halfway point which is the Outlook.
Another wonderful thing about this area is that it is at the start of the Hill Country and just to see a varying landscape instead of flat land was also wonderful. I'm sure another month later, the view from the hills would have been even better and more colourful with the autumn foliage turning.