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Dinosaur Tracks at Government Canyon State Natural Area Take Visitors on a Journey Back in Time in the Texas Hill Country

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In a spot so far inland now, it’s hard to believe it was at one time considered the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, dinosaur tracks that are believed to be approximately 110 million years old have been unearthed in Government Canyon State Natural Area in the Texas Hill Country. The tracks, believed to be those of a Sauroposeidon and an Acrocanthosaurus were found in Bexar County in 2014, and the Witte Museum has worked with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to document and research the footprints since.

Dinosaur Tracks at Government Canyon State Natural Area Take Visitors on a Journey Back in Time in the Texas Hill Country

Photo: Facebook/Christine Ray

Aside from its natural beauty, Government Canyon State Natural Area has over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails ranging from remote and rugged to gentle and rolling. In addition, visitors can enjoy picnicking, trail running, geocaching, and regularly scheduled guided hikes as well as ranger programs. Now they can add the viewing of these tracks to their to-do list at the home of the only known dinosaur tracks on public land within Bexar County.

Dinosaur Tracks at Government Canyon State Natural Area Take Visitors on a Journey Back in Time in the Texas Hill Country

Photo: Facebook/Government Canyon State Natural Area – Texas Parks and Wildlife

According to a joint press release from TPWD and the Witte Museum, Acrocanthosaurus was a large theropod (carnivorous, bipedal dinosaur) that could grow up to 40 feet in length and weigh two to three tons. Sauroposeidon was a genus of sauropod, which was a large, four-legged, herbivorous dinosaur. They had very long necks, small heads, and long tails, and could reach sizes of up to 110 feet in length and weigh 60 tons. TPWD and the Witte have been developing and providing interpretation, tours and exhibits regarding the tracks, and working on methods for their conservation and protection. As such, the public will be able to see the tracks one of two ways: either by visiting the Witte’s dinosaur exhibit or by hiking to the dinosaur track location in Government Canyon State Natural Area.

Dinosaur Tracks at Government Canyon State Natural Area Take Visitors on a Journey Back in Time in the Texas Hill Country
Photo: Facebook/Richard Vasquez

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