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Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose

(4.1/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
At Dinosaur Valley State Park you can explore the area once roamed by prehistoric giants and even see their tracks in the ground. The park offers numerous campsites for both modern and primitive camping. You can explore via a network of hiking, biking, and horseback-riding trails, and enjoy swimming areas. Park rangers hold workshops where you can improve your skills in fishing, archery, and geocaching. The kids can admire large dinosaur statues. Follow the trails to the riverbed to find dinosaur tracks. The water is usually shallow enough for the tracks to be visible and accessible. Add Dinosaur Valley State Park to your Glen Rose travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Glen Rose itinerary planner.
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  • This is an outdoor experience, if you go on the trails during the wet season (check with the weatherman) then you will find the trails muddy, crossings may involve shallow wading .. did I mention that...  more »
  • Carry shoes you can get wet. The tracks were underwater and you had to cross a creek to get to them. We were not prepared for that. The park recommends summer visits when water level lower.$7 per adul...  more »
  • My daughter and I went here with my service dog and her service dog in training for hiking and training our pups. I've been here several times. It never gets old. The store has plenty of T-shirts hats...  more »
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  • This is such a hidden gem! You can experience and even touch real dinosaur footprints in the riverbed while you have a nice refreshing swim. It doesn't seem right that these historic footprints are just open to the elements, but if you want to experience a little taste of history outside a museum, this is the place to do it. That being said, the trails are not well-marked and it can be difficult to find your way around. The guides at the welcome center can assist, but you're on your own once you're out there.
  • Such a pretty place with all kinds of things to explore. I was coming for the Dino tracks but I was quickly amazed by everything else too. Great hiking, so much fun to climb on the rocks in the river. The people working were the friendliest. Just an overall great experience! You could easily spend a few days here exploring. Very important, if you plan on being in the river, bring water shoes! It is very slippery and the current is too strong for flip flops (I found that out chasing mine down the river!) enjoy it! Don't hesitate!
  • This park has so much potential. A great first step would be getting their hand out maps and their posted maps on the same page. A great second step would / should be to properly mark and/or re-mark all trails. Got lost for three hours two weeks ago. Returned today, paid close attention and confirmed that the trail maker are missing and/or very, very confusing (but mostly missing). Clearly marked trails reduces stress and makes for a much for enjoyable experience. Hope those in charge read this and take some positive action.
  • This is an awesome place and I will definitely go again! The park is beautiful and the water is naturally warmed by the limestone that lines the river. There was a main cluster of dinosaur footprints that were roped off but sporadic footprints can be found throughout the riverbed!
  • Great spot. Easy trails with gradual inclines and they are very wide so you can definitely tell you are still on them. The dino tracks are sooooo cool. You may have to forge a river to get to the trails though. The signage in the park is very lacking though. We went on the trails with the intention to just go to the Overlook and Waterfall and we got lost back there. We thought we would be 2 hours tops and it was double that. Took us about an hour to find our way out because the signs on the trails aren't very informational and they don't match up with the trail map very well. We took what we thought was a Yellow trail when in actuality it had to be Orange. Don't waste your time on the waterfall, its a shelf you can walk across but its more of a trickle and that was with it having rained heavily a few hours before. It's a neat spot but its not a rushing fall more like a leaky faucet. The bathrooms were clean and the campsite was nice. Overall we loved the park, it was just really frustrating that we kept getting lost because we wasted so much time navigating that we didn't have time to see everything like we wanted.