Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas is located 44 miles (70 km) southwest of downtown Fort Worth. The park allows visitors to see where dinosaurs left footprints in the bed of the Paluxy River, while offering areas to camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, swim and fish in the river, watch for wildlife, look for a geocache, and of course, do some stargazing. Dinosaur Valley closes at 7:00 pm and visitors have to leave by 10:00 pm, unless camping overnight which is allowed with the required permits; but the park often reaches maximum capacity, and to guarantee entrance reservations are highly recommended for both camping and day use. The Fort Worth Astronomical Society (http://www.fortworthastro.com/) occasionally uses the site for its public outreach events.
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