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Dinosaur Tracks in the Sabinal River

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Long before the Indigenous People, other inhabitants roamed the land of La Jita. Dinosaurs, or “terrible lizards,” stalked the shallows, leaving footprints in the limy mud below Council Rock and along the Sabinal Riverbed. From the three-toed type of footprints left, they were probably first cousins of “Tyrannosaurids,” known as a Theropoda.

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A great lunate-shaped stone in the channel of the Sabinal River has dinosaur footprints on two sides. We know this stone as “Wallowing Rock.” Folklore has the great “terrible lizard” wallowing in the once-soft mud, creating the mount that hardened to the stone we see today. An atrial of footprints is faintly visible in the shallows. 

The infamous Theropoda dinosaur that left these incredible tracks looked something like the above depiction. A few different Theropodas existed, so it’s nearly impossible to get an exact image.

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The “Wallowing Rock,” a great lunate-shaped stone in the channel of the Sabinal River has dinosaur footprints on two sides.