West Park District

Circle 10 Council

Dinosaur Valley

The most unique place to visit in the area is Dinosaur Valley State Park

where you can view the incredible fossilized dinosaur footprints, as well

as hike, camp, bike, swim, all in a beautiful setting. The world-famous

dinosaur tracks in the park are located along in a branch of the Brazos

River called the Paluxy and are dated by geologists as approximately

112 millions years old.

 

Dinosaur Valley State Park

1629 Park Rd 59

Glen Rose, TX 76043

(254) 897-4588

 

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/dinosaur-valley

 

Five main track site areas have been mapped within Dinosaur Valley State Park. Each of these areas has named individual track sites (see map).

 

  • Sauropod tracks, large elephant-like tracks believed to have been made by Sauroposeidon proteles.
  • Theropod tracks, smaller and often with a distinct three-toed pattern, believed to have been made by Acrocanthosaurus.

 

 

These are considered some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world.

 

A complete description of each of the dinosaur track sites can be found here:

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/dinosaur-valley/dino-tracks

 

Camping:

 

There is both primitive and regular camping. The best regular campsites are

17, 15, 14, 13 and 11 because they are closest to the water.

 

To get to the South Primitive Area you must hike between 1/3 - 1/2 mile. There are fire rings and lantern posts available at each campsite but no restrooms and the closest potable water is 1/3 - 1/2 mile away.

 

There are also 7 backpacking campsites located across the river.  These sites range from between 1 and 2.5 miles from the trailhead, but you must wade the river to access them and if the river level is too high these sites can be unreachable. Contact the park to check on the river conditions. Again there are no showers, restrooms, or picnic tables at the sites but water is available at the trailhead. If you have not camped in the primitive area before, it is best to arrive before dark.

 

Hiking:

 

There are about 10 miles of trails within the park. I have attached a trail map and there is link to it on the web site. One of the best is the Cedar Brake Outer Ridge Trail at about 7.5 miles.   The Blue Trail Hike will take you to view fossilized coral reef formations and you can take a dip in an old-fashioned swimming hole. I also suggest you hike the Green Trail to the Wildcat Hollow Waterfall following a rain, since there is not always water flowing.

 

Click here to download a map of Dinosaur Valley

 

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