Saturday, May 14, 2011

Texas Day Tripping: Dinosaur Valley State Park

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  David worked hard all week and got everything done that needed doing so we skipped work on Friday to visit Dinosaur Valley in Glen Rose, Texas.

I had never been there so I did not know what to expect.  It was a beautiful day to be outside and we had a great time. 

The first thing you see, when entering the park, are 2 huge dinosaurs.  I am not really knowledgeable about this kind of thing but they sure looked scary.  I am sure to small children it is very exciting.

Two fiberglass models; a 70-foot Apatosaurus and a 45-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex. They were built, under commission of the Sinclair Oil Company, New York World's Fair Dinosaur Exhibit of 1964 - 1965.

I sure hope the fence can keep this big monster in....RUN David....RUN!!!!

Oh My!!!!

After a trip thru the gift shop and a few photo opps, we headed for the trails. We hiked on the trails to get a bit of exercise and see the beautiful sights.  One lead down to the  Paluxy River which runs through the area and off of the Brozos River.

 We had to cross the river to get to where the Dinosaur tracks.  I did not think that they were anything worth seeing, I mean how can they still be here, in TEXAS, after a gazillion years?
 But OH. MY.GOODNESS.  There WERE Dinosaur tracks.  It was hard to see and even harder to take photos as the rain water was pretty deep.  But in person you really can see them.

 In another section of the park there is an area where you can get a better look at the fossils / tracks.  They took a piece of the land where the tracks were and relocated them in a dry area and put them on exhibit.

 You can read more about the preservation of these tracks by going here.

I found this fossil as we walked along the river.  I have no idea what it is.

I  will do another post about the River and and other Natural features of the park.  I have a few more photos, too, but do not want to slow down this post too much with an over load of photos.

There are so many State Parks around here...I had no idea.  Now I want to see all of them.  The Dinosaur Valley State Park was so much fun.



  1. Dinosaur valley looks amazing! Scarlett x

  2. Parks like this are my favorite! Looking forward to hearing more about it in another post :)

  3. My boys would love this! Especially my eldest, he'd be able to name them all - he was quite literally OBSESSED from age 4 onwards. So I have a fair amount of dino facts in my head too ;-)