Dinosaur Valley State Park Review & Rating
Dinosaur Valley State Park Overview:
Dinosaur Valley State Park, located just northwest of Glen Rose in Somervell County, is a 1524.72-acre, scenic park set along side the Paluxy River. Dinosaur Valley State Park is known for containing some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. The dinosaur tracks are located in the riverbed and you need to call ahead to check on river conditions to determine if the tracks are visible.
Dinosaur Valley State Park is focused on providing some information on the dinosaurs that roamed the area over 113 million years ago. There are two fiberglass models of dinosaurs (a 70-foot Apatosaurus and a 45-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex) and a small museum in the park.
Dinosaur Valley State Park is a very nice park and the kids will enjoy some of the amenities and other things to do in this park.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
The Park is small with only 46 water and electricity sites and 7 primitive sites for backpackers. The campsites are all among the trees but are a little too close together for our comfort. There are showers, a dump station, an amphitheater, a group picnic area and pavilion, and a playground.
Dinosaur Valley State Park has over 10 miles of nature and hiking trails (don't try to ride your bike on portions of the blue trail) and 9.5 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Texas Outside rated the trails 4 out of 5 stars. The rides can get strenuous but the scenery is pretty and its a very fun ride.
Other activities include: equestrian use in a separate 100-acre area (no horses furnished), river swimming and fishing, and wildlife observation.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
Start the day with a tour of the museum and if the river is low, head on down to look at the dinosaur tracks (site #4 is the most isolated). Then hop on the bikes and ride any of the trails. The last trip we took the white River Trail) which is a fun and sometimes challenging ride with scenic views of the valley. After biking or hiking any of the trails, stop at The Blue Hole for some swimming.
Take another ride the following morning and then stop at Squaw Valley Golf Course (a mile north of Glen Rose) for a round of golf on either one of the two courses.
Head down to the Glen Rose town square for some shopping, an ice cream, or a good dinner.
Cool Nearby Activities:
See the Glen Rose Thank God For Weekends trip to find some of the other fun things to see and do around Glen Rose, some of which include: Fossil Rim Wildlife Center; golf at Squaw Valley; and downtown Glen Rose for shopping or eating. Check out the Tres Rios website to see if they have any bluegrass or country music events. The Glen Rose Visitors and Convention Bureau lists a lot of things to do, restaurants, and events in the area.
If you like dinosaurs, we had a fun visit to Dinosaur World - read our article on a "walk with the dinosaurs."
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Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on:
- Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
- Park Condition: the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
- Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
- Campsites: low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
- Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more