Dinosaur Valley Campground

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About Dinosaur Valley Campground

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Under the umbrella shape of the Paluxy River, Sites 1 - 46 are located right in the heart of former dinosaur stomping grounds (no pun intended!) where, once upon a time, theropod and sauropod footprints were embedded in the soft limestone along the river bed. This campground is far and away the most swanky at the park, and comes equipped with water, electricity, showers, Read more...
Under the umbrella shape of the Paluxy River, Sites 1 - 46 are located right in the heart of former dinosaur stomping grounds (no pun intended!) where, once upon a time, theropod and sauropod footprints were embedded in the soft limestone along the river bed. This campground is far and away the most swanky at the park, and comes equipped with water, electricity, showers, restroom facilities, parking and a dump station. There are also a few “bare bones” sites located throughout the eastern portion of the park, where you’ll have to hike anywhere from 1 - 2.5 miles to access your site. Rustic, remote, and obscured by the dense vegetation, these sites are full of natural beauty and offer lots of privacy. Just make sure to bring some extra clothes as there is a decent chance you’ll get wet traversing the river! Seriously, is there anyone who actually enjoys soggy hiking socks? A third grouping of sites in Dinosaur Valley offer an (almost) authentic Mesozoic Era experience at this primitive campground located just below Denio Creek. From this hike-in site, you’ll be just a short walk from the banks of the Paluxy River where theropod tracks were found nearly a century ago. The only luxuries provided at these sites are a fire ring and a lantern pole, so you’ll want to come prepared with just about everything!
Fires are allowed
Potable water is available
Pets are allowed
  • Listing type: Public
  • No. of sites: 61
  • Phone: (254) 897-4588
  • Accessible by: Drive, Walk
  • Accommodation: Tent Only, Tent, Vehicles & RVs

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Hipcamper Jose

This was my third time camping and first time hiking in to a primitive campsite with a backpack. Being the beginner that I am, my pack weighed in at about 50 lbs (I weigh about 150 lbs) and I still enjoyed the hike. I would consider it a relatively easy hike.

We camped in the middle of January and it did get a little cold - 28 degrees on Saturday morning. We stayed at the #3 primitive campsite. This campsite is one of the farther sites.

I did hear a lot of air traffic in the sky all throughout the night, but the night was pitch black and it was easy to get a good look at the stars.

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Hipcamper Evan

Call ahead to check the water level of the river separating the primitive area, crossing it is required.

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Hipcamper Lisa

It's prone to flash flooding so be sure to check the weather before you go

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Hipcamper Lisa

We had a great time camping at Dinosaur Valley State Park. We decided to camp in the primitive camping area which was about a mile hike to our campsite. There are so many dinosaur tracks to see! When we went it was during a drought (6months no rain!) So we didn't check the weather forecast before we left and ended up getting caught in a torrential downpour that turned into a flash flood! Fortunately, we were up on a hill so the flooding didn't really affect us. We just waited in our leaky tents until morning and packed up to leave. In the end we kinda had to be rescued by the rangers, but all-in-all we had a great time and our experience makes for a great story!

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Park
Dinosaur Valley State Park
State
Texas
Phone Number
(254) 897-4588
Directions
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Coordinates
32.251° N, 97.813° W
$15/night
Tent Only - Hike In: 15 Sites
$25/night
Tent / RV / Trailer: 46 Sites