Dinosaur Valley State Park
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.
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.
- Interpretive Guide to Dinosaur Valley State Park
- Ask about the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs available for free checkout at the park!
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.
Nearby attractions include Meridian State Park; Cleburne State Park; Acton 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.