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Dinosaur Valley State Park

1629 Park Road 59
254-897-4588

The 1,587-acre Dinosaur Valley State Park opened in 1972. Its mission:  to preserve these valuable dinosaur track sites and to allow people to learn from and enjoy them.

The National Park Service has designated this park as a National Natural Landmark because of the outstanding display of dinosaur tracks.

You can’t miss the models of an Apatosaurus (70 feet) and Tyrannosaurus rex (45 feet) near headquarters. The fiberglass models were on display at the 1964-65 New York’s World’s Fair. The Atlantic Richfield Company donated them to the park in 1970.

Tracks from the park are on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and at the Texas Memorial Museum in Austin. You can see a copy of the tracks at park headquarters.



Reviews

Jeremy Bickell

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Saturday, July 28, 2018
We took the night hike with a ranger. Very informative and neat to see what is along the trail at night. Didn't see too much wildlife, but did see several scorpions with the help of the black lights the park provided. Nice little mile and a half hike after dark so it wasn't as hot. We will be looking into more of these in the future. Lots of kids on the hike and wasn't anything too serious for our 7 year old.

Karsen Tindall

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Saturday, July 28, 2018
This park was awesome! It was a huge bonus that it was dog friendly. There are hundreds of tracks to explore and a basic creek to swim in. When we went the water was stagnant and that was a huge bummer since it was a big reason we traveled there. Make sure to watch for the temps as well. We did not realize how hot it was going to be. Since most of the park is gravel/rock trails it was way too hot for the dogs to walk on. Other than that, very neat place! I would love to go back when the water is flowing.

Rhonda Lynch

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Sunday, July 29, 2018
It is very cool to walk in the dinosaur footprints. Trails were a little difficult to follow according to the map. Found other people lost too and had to help each other find our way. Trails are a little rough and slopes slippery with sand. Be careful walking in the river bed on the footprints, they were slippery also. 3 of 4 of us fell. Nice little swimming area. Kids were a little disappointed that the dinosaur models were fenced off and not approachable. Definitely not a spur of the moment place to go, need to plan for sun block, good walking shoes, changes of clothes, swim suits, plenty to drink, even a cooler. Lots of adults hanging out there, seems on a regular basis. Not expensive. Most kids free, just pay for adults.

Roy Hartman

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Friday, June 29, 2018
Beautiful State Park hidden away in North Central Texas! Walking along in 100+ million year old dinosaur footprints is five star on its own, and this park has much more to offer besides. The trails are adequately maintained and the scenery is amazing! Definitely worth a day trip from the Austin or DFW areas. An overnight stay, or a few, would be necessary to really enjoy all that this park has to offer. Highly recommend visiting this incredible historical and beautifully natural site!

Dennis Gotcher

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
I really liked this park even though it's pretty basic. It's cool getting to walk in the creek and look at the tracks. Their not roped off or anything so you can get up close and personal with them. Very nice store for a state park and the staff was friendly. We will be back to camp in the future.

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