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Dinosaur Footprints

Where?

Tracks are found all over the areas of the state where Lower Cretaceous rocks are exposed.

Places in Texas to see dinosaur trackways:

Dinosaur Valley State Park
This State park, 60 miles southwest of Fort Worth on the Paluxy River , preserves one of the most famous trackways in the world. Take your wading shoes and swimsuit to walk where the dinosaurs walked. Signage, a visitor center, and dinosaur models make this a good study trip, not to mention the swimming hole, a river for fishing, and a campground. [More background]

Texas Memorial Museum Trackway Exhibit
Part of the Paluxy River trackway was removed in 1940 and assembled as an exhibit on the University of Texas, Austin, campus. After you see the tracks, you can visit the museum and see fossil bones of Cretaceous animals similar to those that made the tracks. You can also see fossils of other ages. [More background]

Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country
This small museum has several sets of tracks on the grounds, as well as other local nature and history information. [More background]

Hartman Prehistoric Garden at Zilker Park
Tracks found here in 1992 were too fragile to be preserved after they were exposed. While you are looking at the replica tracks there, visit the beautiful garden to see plants that are descendants of plants that lived at the time of the dinosaurs. [More background]

Places in Texas to see fossilized bones of dinosaurs:

Dallas Museum of Natural History has one the state's best displays of fossilized bones of dinosaurs and other animals that roamed across Texas during the Cretaceous. Acrocanthosaurus, Tenontosaurus , and an as-yet-unnamed, plant-eating ornithischian made three-toed tracks. Alamosaurus, a sauropod, would have made larger, rounded prints. Several samples of tracks are found within this exhibit.

Fort Worth Museum of Science has a new exhibit, with which visitors can interact by working as scientists, including newly identified skeletons thought to be track makers.

Houston Museum of Natural Science has a large exhibit of 450 specimens and replicas. Most of these skeletal fossils are from other parts of the world. Be prepared to find and enjoy the “Chromosaurs” on the museum grounds.

Museum of Texas Tech University Dinosaur Hall exhibits specimens from every period of the Mesozoic Era. Featured are fossils from the Museum's special area of research, the Triassic of West Texas, Lubbock, Texas.

Texas Memorial Museum has recently updated its exhibit featuring Texas fossils grouped by geologic age, including track makers, fossil plants, and other associated animals.

The Witte Museum, San Antonio, has a few casts of tracks that you can try out, too.

trackways map

Location map showing all known trackways, along with other places where you can view dinosaur tracks.

long tracks

Probably an acrocanthrosaur trail which goes on uninterrupted for over 400 feet. Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.

tracks

Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.

Texas Memorial Museum

Model of vertebrate exhibits on the lower floor of the Texas Memorial Museum.

Witte Museum

Track cast at the Witte Museum in San Antonio.