Dinosaur Valley State Park
Thousands of visitors annually flock to Dinosaur Valley State Park (254/897-4588, www.tpwd.state.tx.us, daily 8 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, admission $5) to see the 100-million-year-old dinosaur tracks in its limestone riverbeds. This picturesque park along the Paluxy River contains some of the best-preserved dinosaur tracks in Texas.
This is where the world’s first tracks were found of the sauropod, a plant-eating reptile weighing 30 tons and measuring more than 60 feet long.
Not as impressive in size yet still fascinating from a paleontology perspective are the tracks from two other creatures from the same era—the duckbilled dinosaurs (a mere 30 feet long) and the 12-foot-tall meat-eating theropods.
Dinosaur Valley also includes nature trails and areas for camping and picnicking. The park is located approximately five miles west of Glen Rose on U.S. 67, and FM 205 on Park Road 59.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition