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Review of Dinosaur Valley State Park

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Glen Rose
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Owner description: Search for dinosaur footprints at this state park located along the Paluxy River.
Vero Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Again and agian...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2009

A MUST SEE if in the Glen Rose area. Arrive early to avoid crowds. Dogs allowed if on leashes. The tracks of dinosaurs are fantastic and fasinating, children love it (as well as a lot of adults). The park has plenty of hiking trails that are beautiful. Camping if great! You MUST have reservations as this is a camping destination for people from all over the world. You will not be dissapointed.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A little over-rated”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2008

We went to the park after a rainstorm the night before and didn't get to see the tracks in the riverbed. The website does warn about this so we knew we probably weren't going to see anything. We still had a great time though. We walked along the river on some trails and got to skip rocks in the river. I think we would of had a better time if we brought our bikes because there are a lot of trails made for biking and a lot of people were taking advantage of them. Basically this is a typical Texas state park with a couple of spots of old dinosaur tracks. If you were looking for a bit more of dinosaur stuff I would suggest going down the street to the Dinosaur world that just opened up early march. It's a bit pricey but I think it's what most people were expecting when the went to D.V.S.P..The staff at the park were really nice and the facility was really clean. I really liked the laid back atmosphere it had. Thumbs up for a place for quality family time.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Nice park, looks a little underfunded”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2006

A nice little state park. There definitely are dinosaur prints in the pretty Paluxy River, though they're better marked at some locations than other, so in a few spots it can take a bit of effort to find them. The signage is also arranged with the assumption that everyone will drive from one set of tracks to the others, so if you instead hike along the river between sites, you then have to climb back up the rather steep riverbank to read the explanatory signs before going back down into streambed.

The park also has a very small visitors center that doesn't really do justice to the area's wealth of fossils, which ought to be one of the crown jewels of the Texas state parks system. I gathered that there are plans to build a much bigger and nicer visitors center/museum (they have an artist's rendering in the visitors center) but not sure if there's enough state funding for the park to do that any time in the near future.

There are also a couple of big -- life-size, actually -- kitschy fiberglass reproductions of dinosaurs from the '64 World's Fair at the park. They're scientifically quite inaccurate, but, to the park's credit, the signs are quite careful to explain that they're obsolete depictions and that they're of types of dinosaur that have no real connection to the park. Nonetheless, most kids will love 'em!

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