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“Like Finding Buried Treasure--Ancient Dino Tracks Make History Come Alive”

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Glen Rose
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Search for dinosaur footprints at this state park located along the Paluxy River.
Reviewed 13 September 2011

I wasn't sure if we'd be able to find dinosaur tracks on our own, but the park's maps were accurate, access was easy and the tracks were easy to spot next to and often in the bed of the cool Paluxy River. The Paluxy runs through the park and the sweet town of Glen Rose in the "Northern Hill Country" of Texas, an hour's drive southwest of Fort Worth.

An interpretive ranger gives regular 'talks and walks' to the tracks. She starts with the story of the dinosaurs and other ancient life, encouraging participants to examine and hold fossils. Kids love hearing about the giant plant-eating Paluxysaurus jonesi, followed by a short walk to the river and the chance to stand in a Paluxysaurus footprint in the limestone riverbank. One footprint will hold about 6 little kids at once.

Check status of the river before you go by calling ahead or clicking the park's website. Tracks may not be visible during rainy periods and river is subject to flooding. In summer, go early in the day to miss the heat or bring a bathing suit and cool off in the river. Bring water shoes for low-water crossing and further exploring.

No food service in the park or close by so bring a cooler with food and drink if you want to spend a leisurely time exploring the site, river and nature trails. There is a shady picnic area with restrooms, jungle gym and swings, otherwise brave the sun stream-side. Campsites are available for a nominal fee. Non-campers will find a range of lodging in nearby Glen Rose.

We saw a red-tail hawk, wren and other birds on one of the nature trails, and a high bank of marine fossils.

This is a park I could visit over and over, for the natural beauty and feeling of connection to the planet.

Thank verokat
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

Dinosaur tracks are amazing, yea you can go right upon them. Plan your visit according to weather and river level. Tracks are visible when the river is at normal level. Swimming is great when the river is at running level. Best dinosaur tracks in the world.

Thank Alto1962
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

Where else can you walk in dinosaur footprints? After taking photos under the 2 giant dinosaurs (they're currently on a TV commercial), set off to "discover" more footprints along the river (river was dry when we were there). Wear tennis shoes to hike down the river bank & over baking hot rocks to hunt 2 distinctive types of dino-prints. Fun for everyone. Don't miss the gift shop. Follow a small sign to "Fossils" - a great rock shop owned by Fossil Hunter Morris Bussey - check out hundreds of ammonites he quarries locally.

Thank Geokkat
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

Had to cross the dirty water to get to some marked off footprints. On a normal summer it would probably be good but with the lack of water it just seems to ruin your experience. If planning a trip wait until to cools off and it rains in Texas.

2  Thank TexasEunice
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Reviewed 8 July 2011

Have been going here for years as I have family that live in Johnson county near the park. Kids love the model dinosaurs. The river is quite low right now of course due to the drought conditions. We mainly go to day hike up the rocky hills which is a bit of a moderate hike. Very nice state park.

1  Thank cybergal5184
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