Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose

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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. Put Dinosaur Valley State Park into our Glen Rose day trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Glen Rose.
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  • Had a blast checking out this state park. Its easily doable for people of almost all physical ability with the caveat that you should be able to walk 1/2 mile or so at minimum. I wish I was able to se...  more »
  • You get to see some dinosaur prints preserved in the water, and then there are lots of trails to hike on. We weren’t always sure we were going the right way, make sure you grab a map before hiking. Al...  more »
  • We just had a great time camping. The facilities were clean and warm. The park rangers and park hosts were friendly and helpful. The park store is small but has some fun family friendly souvenirs! Our...  more »
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  • The children will love this park. The life-size dinosaurs are fun for the kids to see and learn about. The trails are not difficult but the trails to see the dinosaur footprints often get flooded so take that into consideration. This is a very family friendly park for camping gear too.
  • A little overcrowded for my taste but then it was Spring Break week. Good hiking trails but fishing probably was not an event high on most visitors lists. Abundant picnic spots that are vacated sensibly by most park visitors such that you can find a spot in due course. Adequate advance notice provided at the Park's website on activities related to footprint prospecting. Good excuse to get feet wet.
  • Beautiful place to visit and see Dinosaur footprints. The park rangers are helpful and friendly. Unfortunately some flooding washed out the footprints you could put your own foot into, which was an experience I was hoping to share with my daughter. I am hoping someone will be able to work in the area and uncover fresher, more distinct footprints, which would add to the excitement of trodding in the footsteps of those giant dinosaurs. It is still well worth the visit, especially in the summer months when you can wade in the river, and enjoy the cooler temperatures of the valley.
  • Returned to the Park, 43 year's later...the pics show the aging ;) An extended camping trip of 12-day's, in spot #18, was the perfect pre-Spring adventure. During the week the trails, and park in general, had very few guests other than myself, however, beginning on Friday's the camping slots progressively fill as the echo of young children began to ring out like the seasonal cicadas - all of which calmed back down by Sunday afternoons. Should you be interested in flying a drone, you will first need to contact the Park Sup and request written permission...otherwise you risk a stern warning, a ticket, and/or a fine, or even worse. Best Luck
  • Great camp sites and the hiking trails are impeccably maintained!! We had a blast. The water is so clear and beautiful. It is fun to splash in after a hot hike. You can borrow Jr Ranger kits from the ranger station that have bird and plant ID cards in them. The camp sites are clean, but fairly close together.
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