11-26-2012, 01:16 PM
Joined: Aug 2011
Location: Houston, Texas
Texas is for Dinosaurs
My holiday family commitments met Thanksgiving evening, I departed early Friday morning for a camping trip to Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose, Texas.
For several years I’ve wanted to see what are reportedly some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the state of Texas. From Houston, the ride was uneventful taking Hwy. 290 West to Hwy. 6, then north through College Station, Hearne, Calvert, Waco, to Meridian. In Meridian, take a right on Hwy. 22, then a left on Hwy. 144 and proceed over hilly terrain to the delightful Texas town of Glen Rose. The entrance to the park is just a few miles northwest of the town square off of Farm to Market Road 205.
I arrived at the park around 2 PM. The lady working the visitor’s center sent me to site 31, but also wrote down about six other sites that were available. She told me if I saw one I liked better, come back and let her know. I surveyed all of the sites but the last, site 47, was by far the nicest! Apparently it is one of the two campground host sites. It was somewhat secluded, had a nice level tent pad, and its own trail to the bathrooms and showers. The campsite host on duty was next door (site 46), and kindly offered to let them know while I un-packed and set up camp. He even returned with a new parking permit. Extremely nice guy!
After setting up it was almost four, and I was really anxious to see tracks. I decided to visit track site 1 which is just across from the park store and two full sized dinosaur replicas constructed for the 1964 World’s Fair, and later donated to the park.
They say… everything’s bigger in Texas!
This is an absolutely beautiful little state park. The terrain is typical of the Texas Hill Country, with the bonus of open vistas with tallgrass prairie vegetation, and forests along the banks of the crystal clear Paluxy River.
The tracks at site 1 were made by a three-toed theropod dinosaur, Acrocanthosaurus, a putative relative of the more familiar Tyrannosaurus rex.
The tracks sit on a cretaceous limestone ledge in just a few inches of water adjacent to a deep pool in the river.
More to come… thanks for looking!
txplants screwed with this post 12-03-2012 at 05:58 PM