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“What A Surprise and Treat”

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 19 October 2013

Inexpensive, good Rangers, close to Glen Rose, the "site" is 1/4 mile into the park. Just don't go after a large rain fall because the mud hides the tracks. Very nice Park.

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Reviewed 17 October 2013

The fact that you can walk inside the footprints of dinosaurs makes the $7 entry fee more than worthwhile, especially if you are in Glen Rose for other attractions like Fossil Rim. There are apparently quite a few footprints all along the river bed but not many are easy to spot. In my experience the swimming hole right after the entrance of the park is the best for footprints. Its not easily accessible so if you are handicapped or don't want to climb over rocks and limbs done' think about it. but if you are up for the adventure, the tracks are on flat rocks along the outskirts of the swimming hole and you can literally put your hand or feet inside of them for a photo op.
The other half way decent tracks are actually blocked off and a bit further up river. You can walk around them and see them but they are a bit more worn down and you can't step into them.
As far as hiking goes, there are a few beautiful hikes. If you are on a time crunch, really watch where you are going because the signage and maps are horrible and while I have hiked there numerous times I still find a way to get lost. Also, if the water is really high, don't even think about visiting to hike because you won't be able to get across the river as the bridge is made of large rocks that you hop across.
If you find that you will be touring many state parks in Texas I highly recommend buying a year state park pass. For only $70 its worth ten visits to Dinosaur Valley alone and you can use it for anybody in your car. If you have 10 people in your car, it is paid off in one visit.
Again, I highly recommend getting a chance to see prehistoric history not in a museum, but in out in nature.

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Reviewed 13 October 2013

With the low water level you can walk along the river for a long while. It is a beautiful state park.

1  Thank mommatofive
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

The tracks are harder too see than what I remember when I was a kid, but it's still a good time and a fun hike to the three different track sites.

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Reviewed 9 September 2013

We found a really deep footprint of a dinosaur right on the edge of the water and took some great photos. The other sections are wearing away quickly and are hard to find any "real" looking footprints. Top it off with the fact it is a state park, and this is a place not to miss for cheap $$.

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