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Dinosaur Valley Texas State Park
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Dinosaur Valley State Park Information:
This 1,524 acre park is located northwest of Glen Rose on the Paluxy River, a tributary of the Brazos River. Denio and Buckeye Creeks run through portions of the park. Land for the park was acquired in 1968, and the park opened to the public in 1972. In 1908, George Adams claimed to have found dinosaur tracks on land located just outside today’s park. In 1938, R.T. Bird determined that the dinosaur tracks found by Adams were real, but some smaller tracks were a hoax. As Zana Douglas, an Adams family member stated, “My grandfather was a very good sculptor.” Hoax or not, during the Depression the tracks enabled Glen Rose area residents to make money by selling dinosaur fossils. They also made and sold moonshine. The Adams family is credited with discovering many of the real dinosaur tracks found in the area. Many of these fossilized dinosaur tracks are located within the park. A number of these tracks are on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, at the Texas Memorial Museum in Austin, and at the state park’s Interpretive Center. In 1969, the park was listed as a National Natural Landmark. The 70 foot Apatosaurus and the 45 foot Tyrannosaurus Rex fiberglass statues located near the park’s entrance were donated to the park by the Atlantic Richfield in 1970. These statues were originally a part of the Sinclair Oil Corporation’s exhibit at the 1964-1965 World’s Fair. There are many other dinosaur statues within the park. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more park information, read the Park Brochure andwatch the Park Video. From Glen Rose, take U.S. 67 West to FM 205. Travel 4 miles on FM 205 to Park Road 59, then drive 1 mile to the headquarters.    
 
Paluxy River:
The Paluxy River begins as two streams, the North Fork and the South Fork. These streams meet and form the Paluxy River proper above the town of Bluff Dale in Erath County. From here the river flows approximately 37.5 miles east to meet the Brazos just east of Glen Rose near U.S. Highway 67 and SH 144. The Paluxy’s water level is usually too low to paddle; the main river attraction is the dinosaur footprints in the limestone riverbed at Dinosaur Valley State Park (the only public campground on the river). However, after a heavy rain the Paluxy swells into a fast moving whitewater river that is short, technical and challenging; it is suitable for only those skilled in whitewater paddling. The Paluxy is the only possible whitewater found in North Texas; there are no rental liveries or shuttle services located along the river. The riverbed is littered with large boulders that get larger as the river approaches Big Rocks Park in Glen Rose, 34 miles below the first canoe put-in. Click on the above link for river access points.  Fish Stocking History 
 
Dinosaur Valley State Park Dinosaur Tracks:
Illustrations of prints are located trail side. Two of the best sites for track viewing are the Main Site and the Blue Hole. The Main Site is located near the Overlook parking area. To reach the site go down the steps to the river, then use the stepping stones to cross the river. Sauropod and theropod tracks may be seen in this area. The Blue Hole is a sink hole located at the bend in the Paluxy River where visitors swim, fish, and view theropod tracks on the limestone shelves. Access is via a path from the western camping area, or by walking upstream from the Main Site. Other sites within the park include the Denio Branch Mouth site and the R.T. Bird Excavation. The dinosaur tracks are located in the riverbed, so call ahead to determine if they are under water or exposed for viewing, and stop by the Visitor Center for information and the location of the prints.     
 
Dinosaur Valley State Park Directions:
From Glen Rose, take U.S. 67 West to FM 205. Travel 4 miles on FM 205 to Park Road 59, then drive 1 mile to the headquarters.