Dinosaur Valley State Park Review

If you or your children love dinosaurs then Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas is the place to go.  It is a beautiful park where you can actually see dinosaur tracks not to mentions lots of hiking and the gorgeous Piluxy River to swim in.

I love going to state and national parks.  I'd rather take my kids to a park than anything else. Why? Because my parents always did it with us, and we loved it. My kids and I went to visit my parents this summer, in Texas.  We visited various state parks and had a lot of fun but there was one that stood out above the rest.  It is called Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas.

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Hours: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location: Glen Rose, Texas
Entry fee: Adult daily use $7.00 and children 12 years and under free!

Before we start I do have a few recommendations.

1. Go in the Spring or Fall. 

We went in the middle of July so it was hot and we didn't enjoy the hikes, as much, because of that. The upside to the heat was the Paluxy River. A beautiful and amazing river for swimming.

2. Bring plenty of food and drinks.

If you leave after 3 pm you can't come back in until the next day or, unless you are camping there.

3. Make sure it hasn't rained recently. 

If you want to see the dinosaur tracks you need to go when the river is low. 

What I didn't like:

1. It needs more bathrooms and places to change.

2. I felt like the park map was really confusing and hard to read.

Other than that, which isn't really a big deal, we loved it. So let's get to the good stuff.

Right past the entrance you are welcomed into the park by two enormous dinosaur statues (over 50 feet high) which were actually exhibited in the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.

If you or your children love dinosaurs then Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas is the place to go.  It is a beautiful park where you can actually see dinosaur tracks not to mentions lots of hiking and the gorgeous Piluxy River to swim in.

After the photoshoot with the huge dinos, our next goal was to see dinosaur tracks.  Yes, real dinosaur tracks. There are five main track sites and the two types of tracks that are visible are Sauropod tracks and Theropad tracks (we saw one Theropad track!) You can check out the video here->>>Dinosaur Track in the Piluxy River

After finding the track we stayed in that area which is called The Blue Hole and it was so amazing. One side is super deep and you can jump off the rocks into the water and the other side is a rocky, sandy bottom that the kids loved.  The water was so clear and had an aqua green tint which made it amazing for pictures.
The Blue Hole is a gorgeous spot to swim at in the Dinosaur Valley State Park.

The Piluxy riverbed is home to many dinosaur tracks. It's the perfect spot to cool off and enjoy the nice weather especially after a long hike.

 When the kids got tired of swimming we went on a few short hikes, one called the Monarch Trail which was mostly shaded and we saw some butterflies. After walking for about an hour (the kids couldn't handle the heat) we made our way down to the river again but to a different spot. It was shallow and sandy with Limestone rocks for the kids to play with and perfect for the adults to sit in and cool off. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and I would definitely recommend visiting.

Once we left the park we explored the town of Glen Rose which is a really neat little town.  We ate Mexican food at Casa Azteca which had some amazing and authentic Tacos al Pastor. Then we went downtown and found some more dinosaur statues (not as big as the ones in the park) and got ice cream at a super cute soda shop called "Shoo-Fly".  The city has a park and a man-made pool directly from the river which was filled with people swimming. We only drove by, but it looked like a lot of fun.

I would definitely say Glen Rose is a little treasure tucked outside of Dallas.  A unique little city, with great food and parks.  Dinosaur Valley State Park is a must-see, especially if your little ones like dinosaurs. Just go during the cooler months and you will enjoy your trip even more than we did.

Do you like going to state or national parks? I'd love to hear any recommendations you may have.


  1. Thank you for your review of Glen Rose. I have lived in GR for 30 years and I am still considered an outsider. I taught school and coached football here and have been to all of the places you mentioned. I hope that you made it to Fossil Rim Wildlife Park. A year ago I was at the San Diego Zoo and asked my tour guide what was considered the best zoo. Without hesitation two said Fossil Rim. I am sure that it was from a conservation standpoint. Across the square from the Shoo-Fly around the corner is the McFall cabin. Mrs. McFall was the mother of John Wilkes Booth. There is a story the Booth came to GR after he shot Lincoln. Booth left GR when some federal law enforcement came to town and went to Granbury. There the story takes a dramatic turn and has been on television.

    Oddly, within the article https://www.parents.com/fun/vacation/ideas/best-trips-for-young-kids/?utm_campaign=parents_parentsmagazine&utm_content=internalsyndication_travelandleisure&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_term=FD51F848-6550-11EA-9FBA-CF782FEB5590&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR2xDVnwh77BPo5AhOrJd_0LVEN8qF-betDjNo5FozFJcMx9Vv_HGn8ABDs, number 10 Tyler Park in Swanton, VT is significant because my son-in-law is from Swanton and he grew up on the shore of Lake Champlain.

    1. What a great place to live and so much history.

  2. That should be St. Helen cabin and not McFall cabin, although there is a McFall home place outside if GR