Destination :: Dinosaur Valley State Park

  • Dinosaur Valley State Park: The head and upper neck of a life-size Apatosaurus model is visible against a blue sky; the moon is visible to the upper right.

    Life-Size Apatosaurus Model. May 2017. Image 1/6

  • Dinosaur Valley State Park: A three-toed dinosaur track is visible in shallow water. Small pebbles are caught in the bottom of the track, and minnows swim over it.

    Minnows Swim Over a Dinosaur Track. May 2017. Image 2/6

  • Dinosaur Valley State Park: A three-toed dinosaur track sits on a dry riverbank, partially filled with muddy water.

    Three-toed Dinosaur Track. May 2017. Image 3/6

  • Dinosaur Valley State Park: A lizard clings to a shadowy tree trunk.

    Lizard on a Tree Trunk. May 2017. Image 4/6

  • Dinosaur Valley State Park: A deer stands in a tree-lined meadow in late evening light; some wildflowers are visible against the tree line.

    Deer in a Meadow Near Sunset. May 2017. Image 5/6

  • Dinosaur Valley State Park: A single tree stands in field of tall, dry grass, back-dropped by green hills and a blue sky.

    Tree in a Grassy Plain. May 2017. Image 6/6

Dinosaur Valley is known for its excellent dinosaur tracks, including full-grown sauropod and three-toed theropod tracks. It is also home to models of an Apatosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex, which were first displayed at the 1964-65 New York World’s Trade Fair.1

 

Brief History

113 million years ago
Dinosaurs roam the earth, doing dinosaur things and sometimes walking over muddy ground.
6,000 years ago
Native Americans, likely ancestors of the Tonkawa, occupy the area.
1700s
The French make contact and trade with the Wichita and Comanche tribes.
1840s
Anglo-European colonization begins.
1908
An epic flood scours the riverbed.
1909
Young George Adams discovers dinosaur prints in the river..
1968
Land for the park is acquired from private owners via the State Parks Bond program.2 The land is designated a National Natural Landmark.3
1970
A historical marker is placed near the courthouse in recognition of the significance of the dinosaur tracks find.4
1972
Dinosaur Valley State Park is established.

Location

1629 Park Rd 59
Glen Rose, Texas, 76043
United States

Website

Evaluation

Unforgettable

Great park. Several sites in the river where tracks can be see and a variety of trails going through the hills for hikers to enjoy. Areas where the tracks are can be crowded, but there are plenty of opportunities to find relative quiet in the park.

Visits: 2 Most recent: March 2018

Quick Statistics

Size
1,587 acres
Trails
20 miles5

Notes

  1. Unless otherwise noted, information about the park and park history is from "History," TPWD.
  2. "Dinosaur Valley State Park," Wikipedia.
  3. "Dinosaur Valley State Park," NPS.
  4. "Details for Dinosaur Tracks," Texas Historic Sites Atlas.
  5. "Dinosaur Valley State Park," TPWD.

References

  • "Details for Dinosaur Tracks (Atlas Number 5425001226)" Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Texas Historical Commission. Accessed November 18, 2017. Link.
  • "Dinosaur Valley State Park." National Natural Landmarks. National Park Service. September 8, 2016. Accessed October 17, 2017. Link.
  • "Dinosaur Valley State Park." Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Accessed October 15, 2017. Link.
  • "Dinosaur Valley State Park." Wikipedia. August 19, 2017. Accessed October 15, 2017. Link.
  • "History." Dinosaur Valley State Park. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Accessed October 15, 2017. Link.