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Camping at Dinosaur Valley State Park

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Location and Contact Information

Dinosaur Valley State Park is located in Glen Rose, Texas. It's notable for the dinosaur tracks located in the riverbed, which attract many visitors each year.

  • Address: 1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043, United States
  • Phone Number: For up-to-date information and inquiries, guests can contact the park at +1 254-897-4588.

Camping Facilities

Dinosaur Valley State Park offers a variety of camping options:

  • Tent Sites: Standard campsites without electricity for tent camping.
  • RV Sites: Sites with electricity and water hookups suitable for RVs.
  • Backcountry Camping: Primitive camping experiences for those looking to hike out to their campsite.

Amenities typically include picnic tables, fire rings, water faucets, restrooms, and showers. It is advisable to check the latest facilities' status because they can close due to maintenance or season.


  • Hiking: There are over 20 miles of trails of varying lengths and difficulties.
  • Dinosaur Tracking: Visitors can see ancient dinosaur footprints in the riverbed.
  • Swimming: The Paluxy River is a popular spot for swimming when water levels are safe.
  • Fishing: The river is also a great place for catch-and-release fishing.
  • Bird Watching: The park is home to many species of birds, making it a nice location for birding.

Reservations and Fees

  • Camping Fees: These can vary based on the type of site and do not include daily entrance fees.
  • Reservations: It is highly recommended to make reservations, which can typically be done online via the Texas State Parks reservation system or by phone.
  • Entrance Fees: There is a daily fee for adults, while children 12 and under are free. Check the latest fees as they can change.

Park Regulations

  • Pets: Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and cannot be left unattended.
  • Fire: Fires are permitted only in designated areas and conditions - always double-check the park's current fire guidelines.
  • Wildlife: Do not feed wildlife and maintain a respectful distance.
  • Fossils: It is illegal to damage or remove any natural materials, including dinosaur tracks and fossils.
  • Quiet Hours: Typically, there are quiet hours starting from 10 PM to 6 AM.

Weather and Seasonal Considerations

The weather can vary greatly throughout the year, with hot summers and cooler winters. Flooding can also occur, affecting trail access and visibility of dinosaur tracks.

  • Summer: High temperatures and humidity. Hydration and sun protection are especially crucial.
  • Winter: Mild to cool with the occasional cold front.
  • Spring/Fall: Generally the best times to visit with pleasant weather and less crowd.


  • Pack out trash: Maintain the park's cleanliness for wildlife protection and visitor enjoyment.
  • Water: Bring plenty of water, especially during the hot months.
  • Plan Ahead: Due to popularity, some trails or campsites may be crowded. Arrive early and plan your visit during weekdays if possible.
  • Footwear: Wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking and water activities.
  • Flashlight: Useful for night-time navigation around campsites.

Before heading to Dinosaur Valley State Park, always check the latest information from the park's official resources or contact the park directly for the most current updates regarding conditions, closures, and policies.

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