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Fri, May 24


Dinosaur Valley State Park

Dinosaur Valley State Park/Ft. Worth Weekend

Join us for a weekend of hiking and exploring in and around Dinosaur Valley State Park (near Ft. Worth, TX)

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Dinosaur Valley State Park/Ft. Worth Weekend
Dinosaur Valley State Park/Ft. Worth Weekend

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May 24, 2024, 12:00 PM – May 26, 2024, 12:00 PM

Dinosaur Valley State Park , Glen Rose, TX 76043, USA


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Update from Event Leader (4/26/24):

Howdy all! Our Texas weekend adventure to Dinosaur Valley S.P. and The Old Abandoned Zoo Trail is fast approaching May 24-26 and it is something to get excited over. Here’s some details:

Our first adventure will take us to Cisco, TX to the Old Zoo Trail. This is an abandoned zoo from the 1920’s turned trail that gets cool reviews. It’s a bit of a travel stretch at 4:41 so for those joining this adventure on Friday, we will plan to meet up at Brookshire’s Hwy 3 location in Benton and plan to be on the road by 07:30. We will travel with the intent to stop at Buc-ee’s Terrell for quick lunch, snacks, gas and TRY to stay relatively focused on time. (yes… I know it’s Buc-ee’s but we can do it)

I would like to start our hike at Old Zoo between 1-1:30. I am told it is “easy to find once you get to Cisco” and that there are trail maps at the site. Lady at Cisco Chamber sending me some info but not in my possession just yet. Trail is only about a mile but supposed to have plenty to “ooh and aah” over. A park ranger from Dino Valley has also said there are a few more trails there if we aren’t satisfied. We also have the Blue Duck Winery, Broken X Winery & Red Gap Brewing to check out in Cisco as well as the Conrad Hilton Museum which is supposed to be where Mr Hilton bought his first hotel ever in his lucrative international collection. Tour takes approx 30 min and lists as FREE!

We will then head on to Glen Rose to our hotels, Air BnBs or wherever you plan to stay. This will take approximately 1:28 to travel. We can hang out at a number of fun places for dinner at our leisure. I am told several places have live music: Sexton Mill, Loco Coyote and Massey’s BBQ. Just suggestions but I’m sure we will find FUN wherever we go.

Saturday, May 25- DINOSAUR VALLEY STATE PARK is the agenda. Let’s plan to meet at the park by 09:00 to get our day started. Admission is $8.00 for day pass adults and kids 12 & under get in free. It is STRONGLY ADVISED that you either go online or call the park to make a reservation ASAP because Memorial weekend the park will fill to capacity and without a reservation, they can turn you away( and that would suck).

Tentative hiking schedule pends weather cooperation and no trail closures:

-Limestone Ledge Trail- 1.5 mi moderate level

2 pkg areas near trailhead, expect to get a little wet crossing river on this hike. Explores some of the main tracks.

-Overlook Trail- .5 mi challenging level Access is from either Limestone or Cedar Brake trail if prob with Limestone. Worth the overlook view.

-Paluxy River Trail- 2.0 mi easy level; appears by map to access all areas of dinosaur tracks

- Monarch Trail- .5 mi easy level. Dinosaur models for photo opps.

* there are 12 different trails in the park. Keep in mind weather COULD cause closures. You can go onto website to see latest closure updates. Let’s just HOPE for none and to be able to have good visibility of the tracks!!!

Park ranger told me Denio Trail on the Eastern side of park is also particularly interesting for geological formations along River. It’s a moderate 1.6 miler.

We will head back to Glen Rose to town for dining, shopping, live music and spirits of choice Saturday evening.

Sunday will be travel home day for at least several of us. It would be fun to maybe stop for lunch in Dallas, downtown FtW or wherever we decide as a group.

Let’s go play!

Wendy Caldwell


* I’m much better about responding to texts than checking my email but I’ll do my best to answer other questions not covered in this marathon message :)

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 Where Dinosaurs Roamed! 

Long ago, dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean. Today, you can walk in their tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River. This long trip to the past is just a short drive from Fort Worth.

 Things to Do 

Find dinosaur tracks, camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, swim, fish and paddle in the river, watch for wildlife, look for a geocache, ride your horse, or visit our interpretive center. Stay at one of our campsites. Explore 20 miles of trails. Shop our park store for souvenirs, camping and fishing supplies, books and much more.

There are some campsites available at this park (they're filling up fast) but also a lot of nearby hotels, cabins, air b&b options, etc. 

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