Dinosaur Valley State Park (Texas)

It is possible to walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs in Texas. Really. At the Dinosaur Valley State Park, located in Glen Rose, about ninety miles southwest of Dallas. We went there on a late summer day and had a T-Rex of a time! (Bad joke alert.)

Although the scenery is beautiful, the main attraction is the genuine dinosaur tracks on the bed of the Paluxy River. They advise visitors to call in advance to check on river conditions to make sure the tracks are visible before setting off. We didn’t call ahead but figured it’d be all right since it was summer and quite a dry one at that.

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Paluxy River

The terrain is quite hilly and the river meanders along a small valley. We had to climb down the rocks to get to the riverbed. I was so excited to see the tracks! We had visited the interpretation centre, which gave us an idea of what had happened (or what they think happened), millions of years ago. It was something like this: a group of dinosaurs (maybe brontosaurs) was probably drinking water when another group of hungry dinosaurs showed up and probably ate them up (carnosaurs). Well’, that’s my interpretation of the interpretation.

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Theropod tracks (I learned the name thanks to Kuban’s Paluxy Website. Thanks!)
More Theropod tracks

We saw some local fauna, like these lovely white-tailed deer. Other local species are coyote, bobcat, various rodents, raccoon, beaver, skunk, opossum, armadillo, fox squirrel, rabbit, lizards and snakes. I’m terrified by snakes so I wasn’t too keen on walking among rocks. However, I’m sure they were more scared of me than I was of them.

White-tailed deer
 The Dinosaur Valley State park is located 4 miles west of Glen Rose. Take U.S. Highway 67 to FM 205 for 4 miles to Park Road 59; then go 1 mile to the headquarters.

10 thoughts on “Dinosaur Valley State Park (Texas)

  1. How cool! I’ve always been fascinated by dinosaurs, and it would be neat to see genuine dinosaur tracks outside of a museum.


  2. Wow, that’s really neat. I had no idea this existed here in Texas. Gotta add it to my list for possible road trips 🙂


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