ONE DAY GETAWAY: Explore an ancient era at the Dinosaur Valley State Park


Our latest One-Day Getaway takes us out West to Dinosaur Valley State Park, a 1,587-acre state park located outside of Glen Rose, the “Dinosaur Capital of Texas”.

Many of us have gone camping, usually only thinking about what species may be out in the woods with us, but here you get to see the memories of those that came before! Dinosaur tracks are located right in the park, along the riverbed of the Paluxy River. Visitors are able to explore over 20 miles of trails within the park, where you can hike, or bike, while you discover all the different species that used to call this area home.

Visitors to the park are able to swim, fish, and paddle in the river during their time adventuring!

For those who are more equestrian inclined, you can bring your own horse to explore the 100-acre South Primitive Area of the park, or you can take a guided tour. The guided tours include a guided horseback ride, horse-drawn wagon rides, and wrangler-assisted trail rides for the younger children.

Now some dinosaur lovers, myself included, can’t just stay for one day. Camping is available within the park, with group sizes even going up to 40 people. You can check out the available campsites here. Pets are allowed to come with you, so no worries for the furry friends.

There are regularly scheduled events in the park. Check out this list of what’s going on before you plan your trip!

The Dinosaur Valley State Park is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and reservations are recommended for both camping and day use of the park.

The park is located at 1629 Park Rd 59 Glen Rose, TX 76043.

Make sure to check their Facebook, or Instagram, before going, to check weather conditions that will affect trail availability.

One-Day Getaway is a series created in partnership with Peltier Subaru in Tyler. Throughout the year we will be visiting locations outside of East Texas that make for unique and exciting ‘One-Day Getaway’ for you, your family or friends. If you know a destination we should visit, let us know.

Click here to check out more details on the Subaru Outback Wilderness.

Jade Allen

Jade Allen

Jade Allen explores East Texas to bring the most exciting activities and locations to The East Texas Weekend. Jade came to Texas in 2018, where it has steadily become a home and a place to explore.