To Travel. To Write. To Explore.

An element of traveling is sharing the experiences with the ones you love. In the case of my three grandsons, I traveled to Dinosaur Valley State Park for an afternoon and wandered several museums in Texas to photograph dinosaur footprints, bones and recreations. It was fun to explore these sites with the mindset of what would they be most excited to see?

The Dinosaur Valley State Park was a short drive from where I was camping. My two youngest (then ages two and four) grandson’s imagination were captivated by dinosaurs. I couldn’t think of a better place to video call them. Tall Acorocanthosaurus and Sauroposeidon recreations towered over me as we talked.

Dinosaur Valley State Park is located in Glen Rose, Texas. Glen Rose is well-known as the dinosaur capital of Texas. The 113 million year old footprints are some of the best preserved tracks in North America.

The Paluxy River was high when I visited the state park and hid many of the footprints underwater as I walked along the riverside trails. I was fortunate to spot a few Theropod and Metatarsal tracks in the shallow waters.

The park service has plenty of information signs posted at the Main Track Site on the Limestone Ledge Trail. This is where Roland Bird made the “world’s first discovery of the sauropod trackway.” There’s a rock walkway for people and their dogs to make their way across the Paluxy River to explore and stand in more dinosaur footprints in the limestone. 

Visitor Tips:

  • Remember your camera.
  • Take your time walking the trails while looking for dinosaur tracks.
  • Visit the state park store for souvenirs.
  • Wear shoes with good traction that you don’t mind getting wet.
  • Bring sunscreen.

 

Websites for the curious:

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Information on the history of the park
Dinosaur Valley State Park interpretive guide

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