Dinosaur Valley State Park

April 7, 2014 - Electricity and showers are out in the campground.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Put your feet in actual dinosaur footprints in the Paluxy riverbed where the first sauropod trackways were discovered. Of course, you may want to seek out miles of scenic trails and make some tracks of your own.

Things to Do

Dinosaur Valley State Park contains some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. The dinosaur tracks are located in the riverbed, so please call ahead to check on river conditions. There are two fiberglass models, a 70-foot Apatosaurus and a 45-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex. They were built, under commission of the Sinclair Oil Company, for New York World's Fair Dinosaur Exhibit of 1964 - 1965. Other activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, equestrian use in a separate 100-acre area, river swimming and fishing, and wildlife observation.

If you would like some help finding and identifying the dinosaur tracks, you can use your gps enabled smartphone, or other mobile device, and the digital dinosaur track maps available on the Mapping Dinosaur Tracks page, to hunt for tracks; you will even be able to find tracks that are not currently visible because they are covered with dirt.    

If you plan to swim at the park, read through our swimming safety tips before you come.

Equestrian:  The South Primitive Area, a 100-acre section of the park, is set aside for equestrian recreation, and horses may be ridden only in this area of the park. Visitors must provide their own horses. There are no marked trails. A river runs through the area, and the terrain is wooded and semi-rocky. A parking area is provided for horse trailers; no potable water is available. River water is available for horses, but you must bring your own bucket. Restrooms without showers are located in the day-use park complex.

Volunteer Information: For information on volunteer opportunities at the park, contact us, go to the TPWD Volunteer Opportunities page, or check the LDL Friends of Dinosaur Valley State Park web site.

Ranger Programs

The park offers a variety of educational opportunities, including dinosaur track tours, stargazing and wildlife viewing. Check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.

Dinosaur Valley SP held their first Citizen’s Park Ranger Academy (CPRA) in August 2013, and it was a great success. Preparations are under way for the next CPRA to be held in September 2014. During the course, students 15-years of age and older, will experience the adventures of working in a state park and learn the various operating aspects, including wildland firefighting, search and rescue operations, interpretive programs, infrastructure operations, park law enforcement, and other related fields. There is no cost for the program and when students graduate they will receive a certificate and T-shirt.

Area Attractions

Nearby attractions include Meridian State Park; Cleburne State ParkActon State Historic Site (Texas' smallest state park); Somervell County Museum; Somervell County Expo Center and Amphitheater; Comanche Peak Visitor's Center; Squaw Creek Reservoir; and the Fossil Rim Wildlife Park.

Free Smartphone App now available for Dinosaur Valley SP & the Glen Rose area!

The volunteer organization "LDL Friends of Dinosaur Valley" has launched a free app for Apple & Android smartphones/tablets. Visitors can experience real-time tours, at points of interest throughout the Park, & the Glen Rose area. Users will be able to access video, audio clips, photos & written information, from their mobile device. Using the GPS on your device, the app can alert users to nearby points of interest.

  • To download the app go to your device's app store, type in “Dinosaur Valley State Park”, or “Glen Rose”, and download to your device.
  • If you do not have a smartphone, content is also available online, for Dinosaur Valley State Park & for the Glen Rose area.
P. O. Box 396
Glen Rose, TX 76043

Latitude: 32.251511

Longitude: -97.81219

(254) 897-4588

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900
Reserve by fax

Entrance Fees
  • Adult Day Use: $7 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Hours

8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Busy Season

March through November

Climate

Temperatures vary. First freeze occurs late November. Last freeze occurs mid-March.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

680 feet

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