Pre-Fossil Rim Self-Guided Tour Checklist
These are the essentials that experience has taught me to take with me to Fossil Rim Wildlife Park in Glen Rose, TX. See the full article that explains the park in more detail.
- Full tank of gas
- Restroom break
- Allergy medicine
- small cooler
- A few bottles of water
- Trail mix or non-perishable snacks
- Hand towels
- Hand sanitizer
- Baseball cap
- Hair ties or rubber bands for anyone with long hair
- Selfie stick
- A couple of plastic grocery bags
- Quarters and 10 crispy $1 bills
Here are some important tips coming from someone (me) who has taken Fossil Rim’s self-guided tour more than 20 times over the past 2 decades.
#1 – There are no gas stations at Fossil Rim Wildlife Park. The closest gas station is over 5 miles away in the city of Glen Rose. The last thing you want to do is run out of gas in the middle of your self-guided tour.
#2 – There is no restroom or port-a-potty available once you are on the tour. You have to either go before you start your tour or wait to reach the halfway point which could be at least an hour or two before you get to that point. So be sure to go to the restroom and do your thang before you start any tour.
#3 – As a seasonal allergy sufferer I have learned to have some kind of non-drowsy anti-histamine in my system before getting to Fossil Rim. Think about it… you will be exposed to hay, animal dander, various pollen-producing plants and trees, and lots of other allergens all throughout Fossil Rim. Heck, just being in Texas you should be on some kind of allergy meds – lol.
#4 – Take a small cooler with you and keep it inside your vehicle within arms reach. You will want to keep #3 & #4 in it. You can also use the cooler to secure loose items that may not fit in your glove box. There are certain animals (aahhumm – Bad Ostriches) that will steal things right out of your vehicle through your window and even sunroof.
#5 & #6 – Sipping on some water during a self-guided tour in the middle of the Texas Spring or Summer heat is almost a necessity. Plus, if you get to the Overlook and their vending machines are out of stock or out of order you will already have a drink. Every once in awhile the cafe might have a line out the door. I get quite hangry myself if I can’t get a quick bite to eat. But have no fear, you will already be prepared to ease your growling stomach if you keep some snacks tucked away in your vehicle or cooler.
#7 – You will be wishing you had some hand towels after you are left with slobber all over you and your vehicle from the various animals that will approach your windows.
#8 – Did I mention that you will be around all kinds of animals during any visit to Fossil Rim? Never enough hand sanitizer!
#9, #10 & #11 – These go hand-in-hand anywhere in Texas, pretty much year round. The Texas sun can be blinding and brutal.
#11 & #12 – As a chic with a lot of crazy, curly hair, I have learned to contain my curls with a ballcap and some hair ties. It’s not fun having a gust of wind blow your hair into the mouth of one of the drooling European Red Deer.
#13 – I only wish there were selfie sticks back when I first started touring Fossil Rim. I often had to get creative with my camera tripod, posterboard and lots of duct tape!
#14 – Plastic grocery bags are great for when you’re trying to contain all the little bits and pieces of trash that you’ve been mysteriously accumulating throughout your visit to Fossil Rim.
#15 – The quarters and the crispy dollar bills will be for the various vending machines that you may want to make use of at the park. My related article called After Your Fossil Rim Tour mentions the need for quarters but you’ll have to read that to find out why – it’s a good one.