Dinosaur Valley State Park

Jan. 29, 2016 - The north primitive campsites are closed, but the north hiking and biking trails are open . . .

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Put your feet in actual dinosaur footprints in the Paluxy riverbed where the first sauropod trackways were discovered. Of course, you may want to seek out miles of scenic trails and make some tracks of your own.

Where Dinosaurs Roamed!

Long ago, dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean. Today, you can walk in their tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River. This long trip to the past is just a short drive from Fort Worth.

Things to Do

Find dinosaur tracks, camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, swim and fish in the river, watch for wildlife, look for a geocache, ride your horse, or visit our interpretive center.

Stay at one of our regular or backpack campsites. Explore 20 miles of trails. Shop our park store for souvenirs, camping and fishing supplies, books and much more. 

Discover Dinosaur Tracks:  It’s easy to find dinosaur tracks in the park – just head to the river!

  • Check river conditions before you come, as the tracks are in the riverbed and are not always visible:  Call the park or check our Twitter feed or Facebook page.
  • Download maps on your GPS-enabled smartphone from our Mapping Dinosaur Tracks page.
  • Learn more on our Nature page.

Ride Your Horse:  Bring your own horse to explore the 100-acre South Primitive Area. The river runs through this wooded, semi-rocky part of the park. No potable water is available; horses can drink from the river (bring your own bucket).

Volunteer:  We need your help! To volunteer:

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Ranger Programs

Observe dinosaur tracks, stars, wildlife and more at a ranger program. Or learn a new skill at one of our workshops; we teach archery, fishing and geocaching.

  • Check our Events page for upcoming programs and workshops.
  • Contact the park to set up a special tour or program for your group.
  • Borrow a Junior Ranger Explorer Pack for the kids in your group!
  • Sign out a Birding Kit that includes binoculars, a reference guide, and a Birds of Dinosaur Valley pocket checklist.
  • Want to go fishing but don’t have the equipment visit our park store and ask about the Tackle Loaner Program.

Citizen’s Park Ranger Academy:  Experience the adventure of working in a state park in this unique, five-week program. We cover wildland firefighting, search and rescue, interpretive programs, park operations, law enforcement and more. The program is free; students must be at least 15 years old. The upcoming academy will take place at Dinosaur Valley and Cleburne State Parks in April 2016 (dates and details coming soon); visit the academy's web page to learn more.

Area Attractions

1629 Park Rd 59
Glen Rose, TX 76043

Latitude: 32.246194

Longitude: -97.813375

(254) 897-4588

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult Day Use: $7 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Park is open:
7 a.m. – 10 p.m. unless camping overnight

HQ is open: 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


For after-hours visitors with reservations, a list with site assignments will be posted on the sliding glass door at the Park Headquarters. Maps are located in the top compartment of the self-pay station. It is highly recommended you arrive at least one hour before dark if you are camping in the Primitive hike-in sites.  Visitors arriving after-hours must use the self-pay station and register at the Park Headquarters by 9 a.m. the next morning.

Busy Season

March through November


Temperatures vary. First freeze occurs late November. Last freeze occurs mid-March.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

680 feet

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