Dinosaur Valley

State Park - Texas

Dinosaur Valley State Park, located just northwest of Glen Rose in Somervell County, Texas, is a scenic park set astride the Paluxy River. Long ago, dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean. Today, you can walk in their tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River. This long trip to the past is just a short drive from Fort Worth.

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Trails Map of Dinosaur Valley State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Dinosaur Valley - Trails Map

Trails Map of Dinosaur Valley State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Interpretive Guide of Dinosaur Valley State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Dinosaur Valley - Brochure

Interpretive Guide of Dinosaur Valley State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Campground Map of Dinosaur Valley State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Dinosaur Valley - Map

Campground Map of Dinosaur Valley State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Trails Map of Dinosaur Valley State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Dinosaur Valley - Trails

Trails Map of Dinosaur Valley State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Birds of Dinosaur Valley State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Official Texas State Parks Guide (español). Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Dinosaur Valley SP https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/dinosaur-valley https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur_Valley_State_Park Dinosaur Valley State Park, located just northwest of Glen Rose in Somervell County, Texas, is a scenic park set astride the Paluxy River. Long ago, dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean. Today, you can walk in their tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River. This long trip to the past is just a short drive from Fort Worth.
Dinosaur Valley State Park is home to world-class examples of fossilized dinosaur tracks. During the Cretaceous Age, dinosaurs left tracks in the soft mud of a shallow sea that covered central Texas 113 million years ago. Dirt and sediment covered the dried prints, which the Paluxy River slowly revealed through millennia of erosion. Today, you can view two types of tracks in the river: the three-toed tracks of theropods and the saucer-shaped tracks of sauropods. NICOLE GILBERT, TPWD INTERPRETIVE GUIDE THINGS TO DISCOVER As you wade through the cool waters of the Paluxy River and look for dinosaur tracks, use caution as rocks are slick and currents can be swift. Check out our ranger-led track talks and other interpretive programs to learn about the park’s amazing resources. Dates and times for all of the programs are posted online and around the park. When hiking our beautiful trails, make sure to wear appropriate shoes and take plenty of water — the trails are steep and rugged. Grab your binoculars and look for the endangered goldencheeked warbler and black-capped vireo. Snap your picture with the dinosaur models from the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Please help us care for the special natural and cultural resources of Dinosaur Valley State Park by leaving things as you found them and staying on designated trails. All of the plants, animals and fossils are protected by law so that everyone can enjoy them. Visit the park store for souvenirs and refreshments. Dinosaur Valley State Park 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, Texas 76043 (254) 897-4588 • www.tpwd.texas.gov/dinosaurvalley Cover photo: ©Glen J. Kuban DINOSAUR VALLEY STATE PARK DINOSAUR VALLEY STATE PARK IS MORE THAN JUST DINOSAUR TRACKS. IT IS THE SITE OF THE FIRST SAUROPOD TRACKWAY EVER DISCOVERED IN THE WORLD. DINOSAURS FROM THE CRETACEOUS AGE LEFT THEIR FOOTPRINTS IN THE SOFT MUD OF A SHALLOW The discovery of dinosaur tracks here changed the field of paleontology. Trackways show that the sauropods moved more slowly (about 2.7 miles per hour) than the speedier theropods (about 5 miles per hour). The trackways also show that the sauropods travelled in herds. Adults positioned themselves on the flanks and juveniles stayed in the middle, possibly to deter attacks from predators. Fossil hunter Roland T. Bird excavated large sections of the riverbed in the late 1930s. He theorized that the Paluxy trackway provided evidence of an attack by the faster and more ferocious theropod on a slower-moving sauropod, an idea that has been debated for years. The National Park Service designated Dinosaur Valley State Park a National Natural Landmark in 1968 because of its unique prehistoric resource. SEA THAT COVERED CENTRAL TEXAS 113 MILLION YEARS AGO. HERE IN THE RIVERBED OF THE SCENIC PALUXY RIVER YOU CAN SEE WORLD-CLASS EXAMPLES OF THE SAUCER-SHAPED F O O T P RIN T S O F SA U RO P O D S A N D © 2018 TPWD. PWD BR P4503-0094S (7/18) In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TDD) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. THREE-TOED TRACKS OF THEROPODS. ©GLEN J. KUBAN Proud Sponsor of Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs D I N O S A U R V A L L E Y S T A T E P A R K CHASE A. FOUNTAIN, TPWD A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT Dinosaur Valley State Park owes its scenic beauty to its location in the Paluxy River Valley. Ashe juniper woodlands cover half of the hilly, hardscrabble limestone terrain providing habitat for the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo. Meadows of big and little bluestem prairie grasses flourish in the open spaces. The riparian area along the river boasts tall hardwood trees like bur oaks, cottonwoods and pecans. Springtime brings beautiful displays of native wildflowers. Golden-cheeked warbler STEVE MASLOWSKI, USFWS Armadillo NICOLE GILBERT, TPWD While studying theropod tracks in the Paluxy riverbed, Bird made his big discovery—a large sauropod track! The Paluxy prints were the first distinct sauropod tracks ever found in the world. As he searched for more he found a near-perfect trackway recording the many steps of both sauropods and theropods. Sauropods were large, plant-eating dinosaurs. Their pillarlike legs and large feet left distinct impressions in the mud. Rounded hind footprints over a yard long wi
Dinosaur Valley State Park Trails on this map are not to scale. Please use Trail Map (available at Park Headquarters) for detailed paths and information. #TxStateParks #BetterOutside @texasparkswildlife /texasparksandwildlife @TPWDparks TexasStateParks.org/App LEGEND PLEASE NOTE • CHECK OUT time is noon or renew permit by 9 a.m. (pending site availability). CHECK IN time is 2 p.m. • Campsites must be kept clean. Remove trash before leaving. Headquarters Park Store Restrooms Showers • Public consumption or display of any alcoholic beverage is prohibited. Parking • A maximum of eight people permitted per campsite. Guests must leave the park by 10 p.m. Quiet time is 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. Primitive Campsites • Gathering of firewood is prohibited. Trailhead Water and Electric Sites Group Camp Dump Station • Campfires are permitted only in fire rings provided at each site. Amphitheater • Pets must be kept on leash. Please pick up after them. Equestrian Trail • All trails are hiking and biking unless otherwise noted. Picnic Area Group Picnic Pavilion Playground Scenic Overlook N Maintenance Residence Theropod Tracks Sauropod Tracks Metatarsal Tracks Park Store Cold drinks, snack foods, T-shirts, caps and dinosaur-related gift items are available. All proceeds go to benefit the park and provide free educational programs. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TDD) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. © 2019 TPWD PWD MP P4503-094R (2/19) Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. PARK RESERVATIONS TexasStateParks.org ParquesDeTexas.org (512) 389-8900 P.O. Box 396 1629 Park Rd 59 Glen Rose, TX 76043 (254) 897-4588 Proud Sponsor of Texas State Parks
Dinosaur Valley State Park Trails Map 1629 Park Road 59 Glen Rose TX 76043 (254) 897-4588 www.texasstateparks.org LEGEND Headquarters Restrooms Parking Park Store Track Site Scenic Overlook Playground Amphitheater Picnic Area Tent Sites Campsites with Water & Electricity Group Camping Primitive Camping Trailhead NOTES: All trails allow hiking and biking unless otherwise indicated. Contour intervals are 10 feet. Trail lengths are in miles. Elevation levels are in feet. No claims are made to the accuracy of the data or its suitability to a particular use. Map compiled by Texas State Parks staff. POINTS OF INTEREST (GPS coordinates shown in degrees, minutes, seconds) 1 DINOSAUR MODELS 32° 14' 51.80" N 97° 48' 57.80" W Take your picture with the dinosaur models featured at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. 2 MAIN TRACK SITE 32° 15' 10.20" N 97° 49' 7.40" W You’re standing where Roland T. Bird made the world’s first discovery of a sauropod trackway. 3 BLUE HOLE 32° 14' 56.20" N 97° 49' 5.40" W View theropod tracks on the limestone ledge or take a dip in an old-time swimming hole. 4 BALLROOM TRACK SITE 32° 14' 52.0" N 97° 49' 8.30" W Discover hundreds of tracks moving in all directions as if the dinosaurs were dancing! 5 PALUXY RIVER SCENIC OVERLOOK 32° 15' 20.944" N 97° 49' 12.501" W Enjoy a spectacular scenic view of the Paluxy River valley. 6 BUCKEYE CREEK 32° 14' 51.92" N 97° 48' 13.11" W Hike the creek bed and experience cascading pools and unique rock formations. In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. © 2019 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department PWD MP P4503-0094S (7/19) Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. Dinosaur Valley State Park Walk where the dinosaurs roamed. Make tracks of your own in this park where dinosaurs left their footprints. As you wade across the cool, clear waters of the Paluxy River, look for the footprints of Sauroposeidon proteles, the official state dinosaur of Texas, and Acrocanthosaurus. Explore dinosaur track sites and over 20 miles of trails, which take you to the limestone ridges overlooking the Paluxy River Valley. STAYING SAFE KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Your body quickly loses fluids when you’re on the trail. Bring a quart of water per hour of activity. TELL OTHERS WHERE YOU’LL BE. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. WEAR A HELMET. When biking, check with park HQ to match the trail to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash. POTENTIALLY HARMFUL PLANTS AND ANIMALS MAY LIVE HERE. You’ll see them more easily if you stay on trails. Do not approach wildlife! FLASH FLOODING CAN OCCUR. Be alert to local conditions as weather can change rapidly. TRAILS CAN BE STEEP AND ROCKY. Watch out for steep cliffs and bluffs. You may find a walking stick helpful. Exercise caution when crossing the river, as the rocks are very slippery. Consider wearing boots or waders. TRAIL ETIQUETTE Trash your trash. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace. Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick. Please do not feed them. Golden-cheeked warbler FOR EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1. TRAIL DISTANCE TIME DIFFICULTY DESCRIPTION LIMESTONE LEDGE 1.0 mi. TRAIL (Hiking Only) 2 hrs. Moderate Be prepared to get your feet wet crossing the Paluxy River; then explore the Main Track Site where R.T. Bird discovered the first sauropod trackway in the world. CEDAR BRAKE OUTER LOOP 7.5 mi. 3.5 hrs. Moderate This long trail takes you on a looping tour of the park atop limestone ridges crowned by cedar brakes. BLACK-CAPPED VIREO TRAIL 2.7 mi. 1.25 hrs. Moderate Endangered black-capped vireos nest in these shrubby woodlands. DENIO TRAIL 1.6 mi 45 min. Moderate Watch for endangered golden-cheeked warblers along this winding trail beside Denio Creek. BUCKEYE TRAIL 1.3 mi. 45 min. Moderate If you’re lucky, you may see some small waterfalls along this trail beside Buckeye Creek. ROCKY RIDGE TRAIL 1.0 mi. 30 min. Moderate Stop and enjoy the vi
TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE BIRDS OF DINOSAUR VALLEY S T A T E P A R K A FIELD CHECKLIST 2017 Cover: Illustration of Golden-cheeked Warbler by Clemente Guzman III. INTRODUCTION D inosaur Valley State Park, on the Lampasas Cutplain in Somervell County, contains 1,597 acres, nearly half of which is covered in evergreen Ashe juniper woodlands. This large area of cedar brake on hilly terrain is dissected by several drainages which empty into the Paluxy River — the park’s primary watercourse. One of these tributary drainages, Denio Creek, contains habitat which harbors one of the most sought-after birds in the park, the Golden-cheeked Warbler. The visiting birder should look for this warbler between late March and late June along the Denio Creek and Ridge Trails. While searching for the warbler, expect to find Black-chinned Hummingbirds, Bewick’s Wrens (year-round), Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Black-and-white Warblers, and Field Sparrows (year-round). Lesser Goldfinches and House Finches can sometimes be found in the park, especially during spring and summer along the Denio Creek Trail. Please stay on the trail so as not to disturb the breeding cycle of our Texas specialties. Perhaps a third of Dinosaur Valley consists of a large fairly open grassland where live oak, yucca, prickly pear and a diversity of shrubby growth predominate. In summer, this habitat is home for Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, orioles, and Rufous-crowned Sparrows. If you’re lucky, you might find a Bell’s Vireo in a dense shrubby thicket. On spring and summer evenings, listen for Common Poorwills along Farm Road 1007 as it winds along the park’s western border. Much of the remaining habitat in Dinosaur Valley along the Paluxy River is riparian. Originating some 10 miles north of Stephenville, the Paluxy traverses eastern Erath, southwestern Hood and central Somervell counties before joining the Brazos east of Glen Rose. During the dry summer months, the Paluxy normally stops flowing and, within the park, is reduced to only a few pools of water. At this time, you may find herons feeding on fish trapped in the shallow pools or early shorebirds foraging at the water’s edge. It is along the Paluxy that the largest variety of birds can be found. Oaks, elms, hackberry, and to a lesser extent, willows, pecans and 1 sycamore grow heaviest at the river’s edge attracting in summer such birds as Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Great Crested Flycatchers, White-eyed Vireo, Summer Tanager, and Painted Bunting. In migration, a variety of flycatchers, vireos, warblers, and sparrows are found near the river as well. Along the dryer banks, the Rufous-crowned Sparrow can be seen year-round. Another resident, the Canyon Wren, should be looked for along the Main Trail where rocky outcroppings occur. The camping and picnic grounds can be two good areas to find birds as well. In winter, one can expect to see Northern Flicker, Hermit Thrush, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, Spotted Towhee, and many different species of sparrows (including Harris’s) at these locations. The large field upriver from the picnic grounds, when it hasn’t been mowed, can be an excellent area to look for wintering Le Conte’s Sparrow — a rare but perhaps regular winter resident. This checklist was compiled by Carl B. Haynie and updated by Mark Lockwood. The compiler gratefully acknowledges the cooperation of many contributors who assisted in the preparation of this checklist and especially Charles Crabtree, Charles Easley, Bill Lawley, Kennett Offill, Warren Pulich, J.W. Sifford, and the Fort Worth Audubon Society. Checklist nomenclature and organization follow the A.O.U. Checklist of North American Birds, 1998 as amended by supplements. You can contribute to our knowledge of the park’s birdlife by sharing new and unusual sightings or changes in status with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Please report your observations to the Natural Resources Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744, or leave your detailed observations at the park headquarters for forwarding. Please help us protect the natural avian communities in our parks by refraining from using playback tapes of bird songs. Frequent use of these tapes disrupts normal avian activity patterns, including essential territorial behavior, and may lead to nest failure. Thank you for your cooperation. 2 LEGEND Seasons Sp – Spring Su – Summer F – Fall W – Winter March, April, May June, July, August September, October, November December, January, February Abundance a= abundant — should be seen on 75% or more of trips in proper habitat and season c= common — should be seen on 50% or more of trips in proper habitat and season f = fairly common — should be seen on 40% or more of trips in proper habitat and season u= uncommon — should be seen on 25% or more of trips in proper habitat and season o= occasional — should be seen on 10% or more of trips in proper habitat and season r= rare — not se
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