Formed by years of natural wonders as well as calamities, the city of Texas is the second largest state in the United States of America. Having metropolitan cities like Houston and Dallas, the state also boasts of several mountains, canyons, gorges, and lakes which depict the rich pre-historic era of the area.
Perfected over a million years by Mother Nature herself, natural places in Texas like Guadalupe Mountains, Palo Duro Canyon, and Canyon Lake Gorge offer the various colors of the earth formed mainly due to erosion and deposition of geological layers one over the other.
The Hill County’s 64-acre Canyon Lake Gorge has recently shown its colors after floodwater eroded the soil to expose cretaceous limestone, pre-historic fossils, and a few 110-million-year-old dinosaur footprints.
Dinosaurs in Texas
Loaded with dinosaur history, the state parks have rich history walks as well as several life-size models which depict the various kinds of dinosaurs that roamed the lands of Texas. From the Triassic to the Upper Cretaceous periods, fossils and footprints of more than 21 dinosaurs have been found in the region.
You can visit the Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose to know more about the creatures that once ruled the lands. The Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country showcases some of the additional dinosaur tracks that were discovered in the region.
Other pre-historic animals
Other than our favorite dinosaurs, the state also has fossils and footprints of other prehistoric animals that once walked these very lands. The Waco Mammoth National Monument was the discovery site of a perished mammoth nursery which was believed to be trapped in the area by major flooding in the region.
For hiking enthusiasts, the Guadalupe Mountains National Park offers scenic views along with uplifted portions of fossilized underwater reefs which seem to be from the Permian time period.