West Park District
Circle 10 Council
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
Five main track site areas have been mapped within Dinosaur Valley State Park. Each of these areas has named individual track sites (see map).
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:
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.
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.
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