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, 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 (no horses furnished), river swimming and fishing, and wildlife observation.
We went for a day hike. The part we went on was okay, beautiful views if you follow the river side, once you got in the back taking the exit route not so nice. The bathrooms and showers were awful!! the campsite feels like your on top of each other. Seemed more of a tourist town. Beautiful view up on top of the ridge.
The Paluxy River runs through the middle of the park which makes the season you go a big factor. All roads and primitive campsites are on the western side of the river with a few trails. Most of the good trails are on the eastern side of the river making crossing it a requirement at least twice. We enjoy crossing at the southern junction and then hiking the Paluxy River Trail up river. This allows us to wade/swim the river back down to the original crossing point when we are done with the PRT. Great trail for water dogs!
Tiffany C. on Dinosaur Valley State Park Hiking T...
Took my 6yr old and he loved it! Bring your swimsuit and take a dip after a long hike!
Beautiful hike, with varying challenges including crossing a creek on partially exposed rocks, steep climbs at some points, and dinosaur tracks along the way. The cool thing about this site is that it can as challenging as you want it to be. I took my 4 year old with me (her first hike with daddy) and she was unstoppable! A tourist destination so expect people, and great place to have a picnic.
Beautiful November hike! Live in Dallas and enjoyed heading out of the city and to Glen Rose. The trip to Glen Rose was about 1.5+ hours each way. Hiked the Cedar Brake Outer Loop. Nice workout with the elevation changes and beautiful scenery. Wear your hiking boots or a shoe with good traction--the limestone and rocks on the dirt trail (or exploring the track sites) creates shifting/slick surfaces. Nice overlooks and lots of interesting cactus with red fruit. The track sites are congested with kids but we only met a couple other people on the hike and it was nice and quiet. Very peaceful. Outer loop is about 8 miles plus, depending on where you park your car, you will need to take some other trails to get back to where you started. Admission is $7/person. Stop at the gift shop for a dinosaur t-shirt!