Dinosaur Valley Earthcache
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To claim this Earthcache as a find, you must do two things. You must:
1) Take a photo of yourself and/or your GPSr with one of the major signs in the park. The entrance sign (the first image on this page) is great. However, it can be any of the informational signs at the four primary sites as well.
2) You must visit the indoor exhibit building. There you will find lots of displays with lots of geological and historical facts to learn. You must find the display that is a graphic that depicts ten different examples of prehistoric life. You must email me the name of the dinosaur that is described as a "plant eating, lizard-hipped dinosaur, 40 feet long." Do not reveal the answer in your on-line log.
Hours for the exhibit building are 8am to 5pm, every day. Telephone number is 254-897-4588.
Welcome to Dinosaur Valley!
Dinosaur Valley State Park, located near Glen Rose in north Texas, is an excellent place for a family to spend the day and learn about Earth history.
The park contains excellent examples of actual dinosaur tracks, and offers a great learning experience for everyone who visits.
There are four designated sites in the park where dinosaur tracks can be observed. Plus there is the indoor exhibit building that includes lots of displays, and describes the geological and historical facts about the track sites.
The posted coordinates will take you to the entrance to Dinosaur Valley State Park.
The first track site is The Blue Hole, located at N32 14.937, W097 49.057. Excellent examples of Theropod tracks can be viewed here. One needs to follow a rocky trail down to the river bed to observe the tracks.
Click here to see an image of the information board at this first site. Appearing below is one of the actual tracks from this first site.
The second site is the Main Track Site, and is located at N32 15.199, W097. 49.088. Numerous theropod and large sauropod tracks are found in this area. One needs to cross a rock bridge and walk along rock formations to observe the tracks.
Click here to see an image of the information board at this second site. Appearing below is an example of an actual track from this second site.
The third site is The Overlook, and is located at N32 15.261, W097. 48.893. Theropod tracks are found in this area. One views these tracks from an overlook perspective. The tracks here have eroded some over time, and the display board at this location describes the process of erosion.
Click here to see an image of the information board at this third site.
The fourth site is situated behind the camping area, and it is not really developed for public viewing as well and the other three are.
Day use admission is $5 for adults, and children 12 and under are free.
Dinosaur Valley State Park also offers camping, hiking trails, and the other outdoor diversions that most state parks offer.
To reach the state park, go to Glen Rose, Texas. Then take U.S. 67 North to FM 205 North to Park Road 59, and follow the signs to the park.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum