Dinosaur Valley State Park (Glen Rose)

For the first day trip on hopefully many, I decided on something easier and slightly food based. We took a detour to a wonderful tiny town (which I talk about in a later post) and got some great kolaches (sausage rolls) before driving toward Glen Rose, Texas to visit Dinosaur Valley State Park.

It rained on and off all day making it a little difficult to shoot photos but stumbling across the scene below made up for the weather.


Well kind of…

See, once we made it to the Dinosaur Valley State Park, a national park boasting of dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy River bed, it clicked that our trip was going to be a bust.

Instead of dinosaur tracks, we found this:


Muddy water completely covered anything that would remotely look like the sauropod tracks we were supposed to see, but there was still the two slightly underwhelming but interesting fiberglass dinosaurs at the beginning of the 100+ acres that is Dinosaur Valley.



The 70-foot Apatosaurus and a 45-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex were built, under commission of the Sinclair Oil Company, for New York World’s Fair Dinosaur Exhibit of 1964 – 1965, according to the park’s website.   As you can see, the T-Rex was injured or something and now needs a crutch. Poor T-Rex. But at least he  has the right head. The Apatosaurus’s head was originally incorrect then changed to a correct head, and it is now back to the original incorrect head. The owner rather have the original incorrect dino than an unoriginal correct version. Odd but I get it.

Anyhoo, the State Park is beautiful with oodles of land to ride horses, hike, camp or wander but it needs to be a dry day to see any of the well-perserved dinosaur tracks.

Admission is $7 a day per adult and free for children.

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About Sara Pintilie

A journalist being curious in her own state of Texas. Huzzah!
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2 Responses to Dinosaur Valley State Park (Glen Rose)

  1. Shawn McAfee says:

    That’s cool. Your first picture is amazing of the surrounding hillside, perfect clouds for that picture.

    Sorry you didn’t see the dinosaur tracks, but if you go again I highly recommend stopping at a cool little BBQ shack they have there. Literally the best pie around. If you hike the full trail it is like 12 miles, and has a lot of elevation and technical areas.

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