What to do in Dinosaur Valley State Park

Dinosaur Valley State Park, located just northwest of Glen Rose in Somervell County, is a 1524.72 acre, scenic park set astride the Paluxy River. The land for the park was acquired from private owners under the State Parks Bonds Program during 1968 and opened to the public in 1972.

Eastward-dipping limestones, sandstones, and mudstones, deposited from approximately 113
million years ago along the shorelines of an ancient sea, form the geological setting for the park area. Over the last million years or so, these layered formations have been dissected and sculpted by the Paluxy River which, in many places, has cut down to resistant beds and planed off sizable exposures of rock in the river bottom.

Current conditions including fire bans and water levels can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Probably the biggest draw to this 1524.72 acre scenic State Park are its collection of dinosaur artifacts. The park contains some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. Although there are no scheduled tours at the park; staff time permitting, tours are available upon request.

Other attractions to Dinosaur State Park includes various forms of camping, ranging from primitive to equestrian. Additionally there are 7 miles of trails for hiking and backpacking, also 5.5 of trail for mountain biking. horseback riding is only allowed in the South Primitive Area, which is set aside for equestrian recreation; users must provide their own horses.

Nearby attractions include Meridian and Cleburne State Parks; Acton State Historical Park, the state's 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.

Recreational opportunities offered by the Dinosaur State Park includes various forms of camping, horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, viewing archeological sites, picnicking within the day use area and an interpretive center.

Dinosaur State Park is situated within the Panhandle Plains area of Texas. The park is located 4 miles west of Glen Rose. Take US Highway 67 to FM 205 for 4 miles to Park Road 59; then go one mile to the headquarters. There is an honor box located at headquarters for collecting fees after office hours.

The first/last freeze are November 20/ March 11. Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

P O Box 396
Glen Rose, TX 76043

Phone: 254/897-4588

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