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Glen Rose, Texas: Dinosaur Valley State Park

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Address:
1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose, TX
Directions:
From downtown Glen Rose drive west on SW Barnard St./TX-205 for 4.5 miles, then bear right onto Park Rd 59, which ends at the Park entrance.
Hours:
Gates open daily 8-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
254-897-4588
Admission:
Day use $7.
RA Rates:
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Dinosaur Valley State Park.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Big dino statues from the 1964 NY World's Fair stand near a riverbed full of authentic dinosaur footprints.

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Tracks.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

There are multiple track (footprint) sites in the riverbed within the park; I visited only one site. That site was roped off, so "wading amongst the prints" is no longer allowed. But a park ranger periodically gives detailed talks at (or near) those footprints.

The Park is not fully handicapped-accessible. One large block of footprints was relocated from the riverbed and is on display near the entrance station.

[Glenn L, 03/09/2022]

You can still wade among the footprints, but not in the most popular tourist areas. The problem with wading is that it stirs up silt and makes the tracks temporarily invisible.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

After sending a "Vague Recollection" about Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose, I decided to take a trip there to see what was what. I'm happy to report that the park is pretty much as I remember it, though guided tours don't seem to be offered any longer. There are lots of prints, the tail-mark I remembered, and the life-sized concrete dinosaurs. Admission is $5.00 per person for a day visit, more for camping. There's also a souvenir shop that sells some pretty nifty stuff, including plastic casts of some of the dinosaur footprints.

Some folks were out wading amongst the prints in the river while we were there, as well, so evidently that's still allowed. Pretty neat!

On the way to the park, we saw (but did not visit) the Creation Evidence Museum, which claims to have human footprints preserved next to dinosaur footprints, some dinosaur bones on display, and an iron hammer preserved in stone. Though when we drove past (a couple of weeks ago), the museum was still housed in a trailer, a new structure was being built next to it -- new museum facilities, we presume.

[Tria Airheart-Martin, 09/19/1998]

Dec. 2001 - Tipster George sends details on the park: "the two replica dinosaurs are made up of fiberglass, originally from Sinclair Oil. The entrance building has a dinosaur mosaic in the native stonework. The state maintains a longhorn herd on site. Inside the toll booth is a nice 360 degree mural."

Dinosaur Valley State Park - Vague Recollections

Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose not only has lots of genuine dinosaur footprints (preserved in the bed of the Paluxy River), but two life-sized cement dinosaurs - a T. Rex-type and a Brontosaurus-type - as well.

When I was a little kid in the early 70's, you could wade and swim in part of the river, right in with some of the tracks, which I thought was pretty neat. The park offered all sorts of camping and some guided tours of one of the main footprint areas, where a meat-eating dinosaur evidently chased a plant-eating one (this includes a mark where the meat-eater lost its balance and fell on its butt).

[Tria Airheart-Martin, 08/29/1998]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Dinosaur WorldDinosaur World, Glen Rose, TX - < 1 mi.
Creation Evidence MuseumCreation Evidence Museum, Glen Rose, TX - 1 mi.
Stone Hut Fossil ShopStone Hut Fossil Shop, Glen Rose, TX - 3 mi.
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John Wilkes Booth Did Not Die! Murals, Granbury, TX - 14 mi.

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