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Visiting Government Canyon: 5 Must Do’s and 1 Dinosaur

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Green shillelaghs are the best. Why? Cause they’re green of course. This comes in handy when you need to cross algea sludge water to view the dinosaur tracks or poking around in the under brush before reaching your hand in to grab a container (geocaching remember?). I personally don’t like to get bit by anything snake like — or spider like — or, well, I just like my fingers and hands the way they are.

6. And…1 Dinosaur

Government Canyon Dinosaur Tracks

Photo: Kim Ackerman

The main attraction at Government Canyon State Natural Area (set by our mile challenged leader) was to see dinosaurs. Rather, dinosaur tracks. According to the signs that pointed us down the right rocky trail and the ropes that kept us mere humans at a safe distance, the divots we saw on the ground were made by Acrocanthosaurus and Sauroposeidon approximately 110-million years ago. I’m still wondering how those prints survived all this time.

So fun was had by all, more in the beginning and the very end as we rehydrated and ate or drank protein. Once the body was more in balance we talked all the way home.

The Park’s Rating

On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best):

Difficulty  

Shillelah

Shillelah

Shillelah

Shillelah

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Terrain

Terrains is 2 Hiking Boots

Hiking Boots

Terrains is 2 Hiking Boots

Hiking Boots

Terrains is 2 Hiking Boots

Hiking Boots

Overall

Texas State Blue Bonnets

Texas State Blue Bonnets

Texas State Blue Bonnets

Texas State Blue Bonnets

Texas State Blue Bonnets

Texas State Blue Bonnets

Texas State Blue Bonnets

Texas State Blue Bonnets

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