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  •  Dammit, quit with the Texas-bashing here ... (0+ / 0-)

    I've BEEN to that state park.

    Close to Glenn Rose.

    Dinosaur Valley State Park contains some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. The dinosaur tracks are located in the riverbed, so please call ahead to check on river conditions. There are two fiberglass models, a 70-foot Apatosaurus and a 45-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex. They were built, under commission of the Sinclair Oil Company, for New York World's Fair Dinosaur Exhibit of 1964 - 1965. Other activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, equestrian use in a separate 100-acre area, river swimming and fishing, and wildlife observation.

    If you would like some help finding and identifying the dinosaur tracks, you can use your gps enabled smartphone, or other mobile device, and the digital dinosaur track maps available on the Mapping Dinosaur Tracks page, to hunt for tracks; you will even be able to find tracks that are not currently visible because they are covered with dirt.    

    and for fun check out the PDF of the book on the dinosaurs of Texas
    (it's a bit dated: the Lege got off its duff in '09 and officially changed the state dino to Paluxysaurus).
    The middle Cretaceous titanosaur Paluxysaurus has been proposed as a replacement for the existing Texas state dinosaur, the very similar Pleurocoelus (below); the matter seems to be perpetually hung up in the Texas state legislature.
    Nifty. Don't go in the hot months (mid-April thru mid-November) -- it's that part of Texas where the heat and humidity can roast you alive. Of course, that's when the river's lowest, and you can see the tracks the best....

    My kids are 27 and 31 now; we took them in the summer of '94, when we all still fit (with camping gear) in my SO's '87 Skylark. We all had a blast -- that was also the kids' first trip to Six Flags.

    Matter of fact the guy who named the dino species is from my alma mater.

    People tracks? Um, no.

    LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 10:07:05 AM PDT

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